More Benefits of White Tea

You'll love the benefits of white tea for physical, mental, and emotional wellness. Behind this tea's delicately sweet flavor and aroma lie powerful antioxidants, anti-inflammatory properties, skin benefits for a radiant complexion, support for a healthy immune system, and a host of other benefits. 

White tea is a lesser known tea from the Camellia sinensis tea plant, but, like other traditional teas (black, green, and oolong teas), it is delicious, convenient, very affordable, and could be an incredibly beneficial addition to your overall plan for good health. 

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Here are more benefits of white tea (if you missed our first page about white tea benefits, you'll find it here). 

Benefits of white tea for a healthy weight

If you've been looking for some support in reaching or maintaining your healthy weight, white tea may be a good addition to your weight management plan. 

White tea's high levels of antioxidants promote a healthy metabolism, and the naturally occurring caffeine in this tasty tea could help with weight loss and maintenance, too (learn more here about caffeine benefits for healthy weight). And, research has found that white tea may prevent the development of new fat cells and encourage fat breakdown in existing fat cells. 

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And, of course, choosing delicious, good-for-you foods and beverages (such as white tea) can curb the urge for sugary treats and other not-so-healthy snacks as you strive to support your body in its weight-loss journey.

Show your heart some love by drinking white tea

Not only can consuming white tea support healthy cholesterol and blood pressure levels, this tea may also improve circulation and artery function.

And, research suggests that the catechins (a type of antioxidant) in white tea help to lessen the risk of heart disease. 

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Sip some white tea to boost brain health and cognitive function

Those antioxidants that are so abundant in white tea are also good for mental wellness, and making this tea a part of your day may help to protect your brain from oxidative stress and improve cognitive function. Even more benefits of white tea... regularly consuming white tea may lower the chance of cognitive decline as we age. 

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Support good dental health with delicious white tea

The antioxidants in white tea work to prevent dental plaque, and the naturally occurring fluoride in this tea provides cavity-preventing benefits. White tea also has impressive antibacterial properties that can help to thwart development and acid production of cavity-producing bacteria in our mouths. 

For extra support in hindering dental plaque, tooth decay, and bad breath, why not rinse with white tea and choose (or make your own) white-tea-enhanced toothpaste?

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Enjoy tea benefits - with minimal caffeine

If you love traditional teas, but aren't so fond of caffeine effects, white tea may be the perfect choice for you.

In general, white tea tends to contain less caffeine per cup than other teas from the Camellia sinensis tea plant (and far less caffeine than coffee and energy drinks). As such, for most of us, enjoying white tea is less apt to leave us with typical caffeine side effects (like troubled sleep, irritability, anxiety, lightheadedness, tummy troubles, or headaches) often associated with highly caffeinated beverages. (You can learn more here about potential caffeine side effects.) 

Be Safe - White Tea Safe-Use Tips and Precautions

If these wonderful benefits of white tea are tempting you to pop out to your favorite tea shop to pick up some for yourself, be sure to take a few moments to read up on any potential concerns or side effects associated with white tea first. For example, keep in mind that white tea (as with other teas from Camellia sinensis) is naturally caffeinated, so, if you're sensitive to caffeine, you may want to monitor how much white (and other traditional teas) you consume. 

If you're considering adding white tea to your daily diet in significant amounts, please have a chat with your trusted healthcare provider first, to be sure this is a safe choice for you. This is particularly important if you're a nursing mom or have a little one on the way, or if you're currently taking any prescription medications or being treated for any illness or condition (such as diabetes or high or low blood pressure). 

White tea is known for its topical benefits for skin, but, if you do purchase (or make your own) white-tea cream, lotion, or other skincare product, please discontinue use if you experience any sort of skin irritation or reaction.

And, of course, use your good common sense when making and consuming white (or any other) tea. Choose high-quality teas from sources you trust, don't drink tea that is dangerously hot, and always stay informed about tea benefits and any potential concerns. 

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You may not have tried white tea yet, but this incredibly refreshing, thirst-quenching tea is a smart choice for your taste buds and for your wellbeing. Don't underestimate the subtle taste of white tea - behind that mild flavor and enticing aroma is an abundance of goodness for your body. 

To enjoy these lovely benefits of white tea to the fullest, include some of this tea in your overall good-health plan, along with other nourishing foods and beverages, staying active, plenty of rejuvenating sleep, and fun times with friends and family. 

If it's your teatime, why not steep a pot of delectable white tea? As you settle in with your teacup in hand and your favorite book, know that you're supporting your body, mind, and spirit (and doesn't it taste good, too?).

Green tea vs. white tea

If you're not a fan of green tea, or if you're looking for some variety in your teatime and are wondering if white tea might be a good option, rest assured that white tea is a very healthful choice. In fact, according to recent studies, white tea has comparable - or even higher - levels of antioxidants than green tea. 

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