Once you discover white tea benefits for wellness and experience its delicate flavor, you'll be sure to make this delightful tea a regular in your tea stash. Antioxidant-rich, heart-healthy, skin-friendly, incredibly hydrating and thirst-quenching, white tea's appealing taste and aroma aren't the only reasons this tea is a favorite with so many tea lovers around the world.
What makes white tea unique? White tea comes to us from the Camellia sinensis tea plant, but this tea is processed far less than other traditional teas. Made from the buds and very young leaves of the tea plant, white tea's whitish appearance comes from the fine silvery hairs covering the buds. Produced primarily in China, white tea tends to be a rarer and sometimes costlier variety of tea.
Here are some reasons why you may find white tea to be a wonderful addition not only to your day, but also to your wellness goals.
Because white tea is processed only minimally, the tea leaves retain exceptionally high concentrations of antioxidants. An antioxidant-rich diet is essential for good health, as these natural compounds work to protect us from harmful free radicals, reduce oxidative stress, and lessen susceptibility to chronic disease (including cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and neurodegenerative diseases).
White tea's antioxidants can provide many other wellness benefits, too, such as keeping our cells healthy, preventing premature aging, and supporting healthy immune system and kidney function.
If you've been looking for a simple, affordable, and delicious way to boost your daily antioxidant intake, white tea may be an ideal choice.
White tea contains L-theanine (aka theanine), an amino acid that can help us feel more relaxed and less anxious and stressed. L-theanine also promotes healthy sleep patterns and can heighten memory and creativity.
And, theanine is known to sharpen concentration, enhance alertness, and boost mood (especially when combined with the caffeine in white tea). If you've been feeling headachy, that theanine/caffeine combination may bring some headache relief, too.
We know that chronic low-grade inflammation can make us more vulnerable to various concerning health issues and disease (such as cancer, diabetes, obesity, arthritis, heart disease, and neurodegenerative disorders), and it can also lead to premature aging and reduced longevity.
For support in preventing or relieving inflammation, try sipping some white tea. Research has shown that white tea has effective anti-inflammatory properties that may help to slow or even halt the progression of harmful chronic inflammation.
So many things in our daily lives can age our skin prematurely... from sun damage and less-than-healthy food choices, to excess stress, environmental toxins, and chronic inflammation. Fortunately, there are many simple choices we can make each day to protect ourselves from stressors that age and harm the skin - such as steeping and sipping some white tea.
This brew's antioxidants and anti-inflammatory qualities boost skin smoothness and elasticity and promote firmer, more radiant skin. Studies have shown that white tea can fortify collagen and elastin, which in turn boosts skin strength and makes it less apt to develop wrinkles. Consuming white tea may also help with relieving irritated or inflamed skin.
White tea can provide topical health and anti-aging benefits for skin, too - research has found that topical application of white tea may protect skin from sun damage and oxidative stress, provide antiseptic benefits, boost skin cell immune function, and help skin build resistance to stress.
| Related: Chamomile Tea Facial Steam
It's not only our hardworking skin that can benefit from this wellness tea... White tea's antioxidants may also help to strengthen hair, hinder hair loss, and promote hair growth. And, research indicates that topical application of EGCG (a type of powerful antioxidant found in white tea) could help in relieving scalp seborrheic dermatitis, a chronic inflammatory condition that causes dandruff.
We're not through yet... Keep reading here about more white tea benefits for physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing.
If you're already a fan of black or green tea, you may also love the light, incredibly refreshing taste of white tea. While this tea isn't quite as well known in certain parts of the world as other traditional teas, its beneficial properties, delicate taste, and fragrant aroma make it a very appealing tea that is worth getting to know.
Are you already a white tea lover? Please share your experience with white tea benefits (as a beverage or for topical use) with our other readers, so they too will be tempted to enjoy this enchanting tea! Continue down the page to share your comments...
Do you have a story to tell about white tea and its benefits for wellness? We'd love to hear it!
Join the conversation below to share your thoughts and opinions about white tea with our other readers...
Click below to see contributions from other visitors to this page...
White tea also helps me to increase my flexibility in fitness, such as in my leg splits to the floor etc.
Benefits for colds and flu virus
I have suggested white tea on numerous occasions to multiple people for the treatment of cough, cold, and flu like symptoms. The people tried several …
I am just new to drinking this tea...
I am just new to drinking this tea, and as such must wait a bit before telling my own story on this subtle taste. I have been drinking other teas but …
Almajano MP, Vila I, Gines S. Neuroprotective effects of white tea against oxidative stress-induced toxicity in striatal cells. Neurotox Res. 2011 Nov;20(4):372-8. doi: 10.1007/s12640-011-9252-0. Epub 2011 Jun 23.
American Chemical Society. "Cancer-Preventive Potential Of White Tea." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 13 April 2000. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2000/04/000410084553.htm>.
American Society For Microbiology. "White Tea Beats Green Tea In Fighting Germs." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 28 May 2004. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2004/05/040526070934.htm>.
Arts IC, Hollman PC, Feskens EJ, et al. Catechin intake might explain the inverse relation between tea consumption and ischemic heart disease: the Zutphen Elderly Study. Am J Clin Nutr. 2001 Aug;74(2):227-32.
Camouse MM , Domingo DS, Swain FR, et al. Topical application of green and white tea extracts provide protection from solar-simulated ultraviolet light in human skin. Experimental Dermatology. 2009;18:522–526.
Chander V, Singh D, Chopra K. Catechin, a natural antioxidant protects against rhabdomyolysis-induced myoglobinuric acute renal failure. Pharmacol Res. 2003 Nov;48(5):503-9.
Chen L, Chen Q, Zhang Z, Wan X. A novel colorimetric determination of free amino acids content in tea infusions with 2,4-dinitrofluorobenzene. Journal of Food Composition and Analysis. 2009;22:137–141.
Dias TR, Alves MG, Rato L, et al. White tea intake prevents prediabetes-induced metabolic dysfunctions in testis and epididymis preserving sperm quality. J Nutr Biochem. 2016 Nov;37:83-93. doi: 10.1016/j.jnutbio.2016.07.018. Epub 2016 Aug 26.
Espinosa C, López-Jiménez JÁ, Cabrera L, et al. Protective effect of white tea extract against acute oxidative injury caused by adriamycin in different tissues. Food Chem. 2012 Oct 15;134(4):1780-5. doi: 10.1016/j.foodchem.2012.03.083. Epub 2012 Mar 29.
Gawlik M, Czajka A. The effect of green, black and white tea on the level of alpha and gamma tocopherols in free radical-induced oxidative damage of human red blood cells. Acta Pol Pharm. 2007 Mar-Apr;64(2):159-64.
Hajiaghaalipour F, Kanthimathi MS, Sanusi J, Rajarajeswaran J. White tea (Camellia sinensis) inhibits proliferation of the colon cancer cell line, HT-29, activates caspases and protects DNA of normal cells against oxidative damage. Food Chemistry. 2015 Feb 15;169:401-410.
Haskell CF, Kennedy DO, Milne AL, et al. The effects of L-theanine, caffeine and their combination on cognition and mood. Biol Psychol. 2008 Feb;77(2):113-22.
Higashiyama A, Htay H, Ozeki M, et al. Effects of L-theanine on attention and reaction time response. Journal of Functional Foods. 2011 July;3(3):171-178.
Ide K, Yamada H, Takuma N, et al. Green Tea Consumption Affects Cognitive Dysfunction in the Elderly: A Pilot Study. Nutrients. 2014 Oct;6(10):4032-4042.
Islam MS. Effects of the aqueous extract of white tea (Camellia sinensis) in a streptozotocin-induced diabetes model of rats. Phytomedicine. 2011 Dec 15;19(1):25-31. doi: 10.1016/j.phymed.2011.06.025. Epub 2011 Jul 30.
Kingston University. "Age-old remedies using white tea, witch hazel and rose may be beneficial, study suggests." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 2 December 2011. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/12/111201132501.htm>.
Kim YR, Kim JH, Shin HJ, et al. Clinical Evaluation of a New-Formula Shampoo for Scalp Seborrheic Dermatitis Containing Extract of Rosa centifolia Petals and Epigallocatechin Gallate: A Randomized, Double-Blind, Controlled Study. Ann Dermatol. 2014 Dec;26(6):733–738.
Kwon OS, Han JH, Yoo HG, et al. Human hair growth enhancement in vitro by green tea epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG). Phytomedicine. 2007 Aug;14(7-8):551-5. Epub 2006 Nov 7.
López V, Calvo MI. White tea (Camellia sinensis Kuntze) exerts neuroprotection against hydrogen peroxide-induced toxicity in PC12 cells. Plant Foods Hum Nutr. 2011 Mar;66(1):22-6. doi: 10.1007/s11130-010-0203-3.
Mao JT, Nie W-X, Tsu I-H, et al. White tea extract induces apoptosis in non-small cell lung cancer cells: the role of peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor γ and 15 lipoxygenases. Cancer Prevention Research. 2010;3(9):1132–1140.
Nunes AR, Alves MG, Tomás GD, et al. Daily consumption of white tea (Camellia sinensis (L.)) improves the cerebral cortex metabolic and oxidative profile in prediabetic Wistar rats. Br J Nutr. 2015 Mar 14;113(5):832-42. doi: 10.1017/S0007114514004395. Epub 2015 Feb 26.
Nutrition and Metabolism. "White Tea: Solution To Obesity Epidemic?." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 7 May 2009. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/04/090430194803.htm>.
Oliveira PF, Tomás GD, Dias TR, et al. White tea consumption restores sperm quality in prediabetic rats preventing testicular oxidative damage. Reprod Biomed Online. 2015 Oct;31(4):544-56. doi: 10.1016/j.rbmo.2015.06.021. Epub 2015 Jul 14.
Orner GA, Dashwood WM, Blum CA, et al. Suppression of tumorigenesis in the Apc(min) mouse: down-regulation of beta-catenin signaling by a combination of tea plus sulindac. Carcinogenesis. 2003 Feb;24(2):263-7.
Pham-Huy LA, He H, Pham-Huy C. Free Radicals, Antioxidants in Disease and Health. Int J Biomed Sci. 2008 Jun;4(2):89–96.
Sarkar FH, Li Y, Wang Z, Kong D. The role of nutraceuticals in the regulation of Wint and Hedgehog signaling in cancer. Cancer Metastasis Rev. 2010 Sep;29(3):383–394.
Söhle J, Knott A, Holtzmann U, et al. White Tea extract induces lipolytic activity and inhibits adipogenesis in human subcutaneous (pre)-adipocytes. Nutrition & Metabolism. 2009;6(20). https://doi.org/10.1186/1743-7075-6-20
Thring T, Hili P, Naughton D. Antioxidant and potential anti-inflammatory activity of extracts and formulations of white tea, rose, and witch hazel on primary human dermal fibroblast cells. Journal of Inflammation. 2011;8(1):27. doi:10.1186/1476-9255-8-27.
Unachukwu UJ, Ahmed S, Kavalier A, et al. White and green teas (Camellia sinensis var. sinensis): variation in phenolic, methylxanthine, and antioxidant profiles. J Food Sci. 2010 Aug 1;75(6):C541-8. doi: 10.1111/j.1750-3841.2010.01705.x.
University Hospitals Of Cleveland. "New Study Shows Tea Extract Protects Skin; White Tea Extract Reveals Anti-cancer, Anti-aging Properties." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 30 January 2003. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2003/01/030130081227.htm>.
Velayutham P, Babu A, Liu D. Green Tea Catechins and Cardiovascular Health: An Update. Curr Med Chem. 2008; 15(18): 1840–1850.
Westerterp-Plantenga MS. Green tea catechins, caffeine and body-weight regulation. Physiol Behav. 2010 Apr 26;100(1):42-6. doi: 10.1016/j.physbeh.2010.02.005. Epub 2010 Feb 13.
Winiarska-Mieczan A. The potential protective effect of green, black, red and white tea infusions against adverse effect of cadmium and lead during chronic exposure - A rat model study. Regul Toxicol Pharmacol. 2015 Nov;73(2):521-9. doi: 10.1016/j.yrtph.2015.10.007. Epub 2015 Oct 22.