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The wonder of white tea

HealthBy Sunday World
The wonder of white tea

Few of us can get through the day without sipping on a comforting hot drink at some point. It’s relaxing, rehydrates and can stave off cravings for unhealthy snacks. But if you’re in a tea-shaped rut, it could be time to mix things up a bit with white tea.

There are four main types of white tea: Silver Needle, White Peony, Long Life Eyebrow and Tribute Eyebrow. Head to your local health shop and ask for assistance if you want a bit of help choosing the one for you. But just what makes this drink so great?

Antioxidants

While black and green tea are great, white tea is the least processed, meaning you’ll reap even more rewards for drinking it. It’s packed with antioxidants, which fight free radicals and are particularly necessary if you live in a polluted area, such as a big city.

Health benefits

White tea can claim some pretty amazing things, one of them being that it could help prevent cancer. That’s thanks to the flavonoids, which have been proven to inhibit the growth of cancer cells. White tea can also thin the blood and lower blood pressure, help lower cholesterol, protect the heart and strengthen your bones. Not bad for a brew!

Sparkling smile

White tea contains some fluoride, which is great for your general oral health and keeping teeth and gums in top condition. It also kills bacteria that cause bad breath and decay.

Glowing skin

Forget slapping on products, real beauty comes from the inside. If you drink white tea, you should notice a brightening of your complexion thanks to its free radical fighting power. The effects of sun damage, a poor diet and stress can all be partially reversed by consuming white tea.

Taste

Not everyone likes the taste of herbal or green tea, but white tea tastes naturally sweet and is much more enjoyable for many people. In addition to this, it’s low in caffeine – brilliant if you’re sensitive to it or just want to try and cut down.

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