Health Benefits of Drinking White Tea: Look and Feel Young And Beautiful!
White tea may not be a time machine, and you certainly won’t wake up as a toddler tomorrow morning, but it has been shown scientifically to reverse some of the negative effects that aging, lifestyle and environmental pollutants and toxins have on our bodies and minds. Drinking four to six cups a day of this seemingly magical brew every day will make you look and feel younger, and as a bonus is will ward off chronic disease and may help to protect you from cancer.
How long will white tea take to work – I have a big night out on Saturday
It won’t work miracles, and you may have to rely on make-up this Saturday. Most of the research has shown that tangible, noticeable benefits take about 3 months – but after this, if you continue to drink white tea every day, things will just get better and better. The improving effects will continue to build up for as long as you continue to drink it. But you will notice some small effects in as little as a few weeks after you start to drink it.
What if I drink LOTS of white tea? Will it work better? Will it work faster?
No, it won’t. White tea helps your body to repair damage, and your body will still need time to do this. What you can do to speed up the process a bit is to stop new toxins entering your system – cut down or cut out smoking and alcohol, eat less fatty food and more fruit and vegetables, and go for a walk for half an hour a day.
What’s the secret of white tea?
Whilst it is not fully understood yet why white tea has such marvellous effects, it contains dozens of substances that are extremely good at keeping your body healthy and in balance. It contains huge amounts of antioxidants, which protect you from some of the unavoidable stresses and toxins of everyday life; it has theanine, which has a calming effect to stop tension building up; a small amount of caffeine to keep you alert; and an impressive array of catechins – some of which help your immune system fight off infections.
Why white tea? Isn’t it green tea that’s supposed to be so healthy?
Both green and white teas are amazing for health, and for the maximum benefits (and enjoyment!) you might want to drink some of both types. But white tea does have the edge in some ways. All tea – green, white, yellow, black and puerh come from the same plant: Camellia Sinensis, although there are lots of different varieties within this. White tea is tea that has the least processing – so it retains all of ‘the good stuff’.
Although there are hundreds of research studies on tea, we are only learning about the plant quite slowly, because research tends to focus on marketable and saleable products – big companies won’t invest millions of pounds in research on something that they can’t patent, and they can’t patent something that grows naturally. But the minimal processing of white tea suggests that it may contain higher amounts of health-giving substances and properties – the things that in the right amounts can make you look and feel younger, healthier and more beautiful.
So what will white tea do for me? What can I expect from white tea?
White tea will improve your skin
Wrinkles, spots, dullness and many other skin problems are caused by toxins and bacteria, and also by the body’s inability to repair damage if it is overwhelmed by these.
White tea works in several ways to combat these things. It protects your liver and kidneys, making them more able to target and flush out toxins so that they don’t build up to cause havoc in your system (and another ‘break-out’ on your chin!). Because white tea is also mostly water, it keeps you hydrated and aids this ‘flushing’ effect.
But there is ongoing research that shows (but doesn’t yet fully understand why) that white tea’s benefit on the skin goes deeper than this, and actually aids and improves the repair process, so that little wrinkles and lines may begin to recede and disappear, and your skin retain – and even regain – youthful firmness and elasticity.
Will white tea make my hair look sleeker and less dry?
Your hair is kept in good condition by the same mechanisms as your skin. Whilst white tea will not repair split ends, which is a job for your hairdresser, it can help to prevent these happening in the future, and it will help improve the condition of your hair in the same way that it improves the condition of your skin – by helping to get rid of toxins before they can wreak havoc on your natural beauty and charm.
Will white tea help me with these dark circles and bags under my eyes?
Yes, almost certainly. There are three common reasons for dark circles and bags under your eyes, and white tea has different ways in which it helps to combat these problems:
1. Stress. If stress and worry is your problem, white tea will help because it contains theanine, which calms frayed nerves and gives you a relaxed feeling, without making you drowsy or dull. It’s best not to drink tea at night because it contains some caffeine and it can keep you awake, but the effects of theanine last for many hours, so drinking white tea morning and afternoon will help you maintain a contant happy and relaxed mood.
2. Toxins. If your liver is overwhelmed by toxins, this can show in your eyes by giving you dark circles and bags. White tea helps your body get rid of toxins, and will help your liver and kidneys to work better, so drinking white tea will, over time, start to reduce those frustrating marks.
3. Lack of sleep. Don’t drink white tea, or any other tea, before you go to bed, because as I’ve said, the caffeine will stop you from being able to sleep, but lack of sleep is often caused by a racing mind that just won’t quit, which the theanine will help to keep under control, and therefore help you to drop off to sleep more easily at night.
I feel quite tired and frustrated all the time, and in quite a bad mood, which all makes me feel older than my years – will white tea help with that?
Actually, yes, this is one of the areas that white tea excels at, because it ‘fixes’ you in lots of small ways that all work together to bring one huge improvement.
One of the substances in both green and white tea – EGCG – has been shown by researchers to greatly improve energy and stamina. Coupled with this is theanine, which relaxes your mind and nerves so that you don’t feel as tense and edgy. It also improves your memory (more of which below), so you feel more ‘on the ball’ all the time, and don’t have that nagging feeling you’ve forgotten something important, or worse, find yourself forgetting what on earth you came into the kitchen for in the first place!
So as all these improvements build up – and it will take three months of drinking white tea every day before you really see the difference – you will feel less tired; you will be able to get more things done; your focus and memory will improve; and you will feel calmer and more able to cope with all the things life throws at you, and your fatigue, frustration and anger will just ebb away.
You said white tea can help with memory? I could do with some of that! How does that work?
A 12-week research project took place on elderly people, whose memory was measured before and after they started to drink green tea. Their memory was greatly improved after the 12-week period, and in follow-up interviews this was seen to improve even further. In other trials, green tea drinkers have been found to recover faster and more completely after having a stroke. White tea contains the same beneficial ingredients – and perhaps more of them in the right combination – as green tea, and so it looks very much like the maintenance and repair effects that white tea has on things like your skin also work on your mind, including your memory.
Having a sharp memory just by itself can make us feel younger and more confident, so this is a huge benefit to drinking white and green tea – just remember (!) to give it time, and drink around 4-6 cups a day of this wonderful brew.
I suffer terribly from pre-menstrual tension and cramps, can white tea help?
There is more anecdotal evidence for this than there is scientific research, but yes it might help: many women who start drinking either white or green tea report that the problems they suffer from around their periods are greatly reduced. Since green and white tea improves circulation and ‘thins’ the blood, it could be this anti-clot mechanism that helps reduce cramps, and it could be the theanine that helps to produce a calm mood that helps reduce PMS. Without more research we do not know for certain if it really does help, but it may well be worth a try if you suffer from any of these problems.
So which white tea should I drink, and where do I get it from?
Silver Needle white tea is one of the most popular and beautiful white teas, and a good one will cost you around $100 (about £60-70) for about 400g, which will last about three or four months if you drink 3-6 cups per day, because you use about 2-3 grams a time and re-infuse the leaves 3-4 times. You can buy much smaller amounts than this to try the tea first, and 50g will cost about $15. There are lots of places online where you can get white tea, but if you’re stuck I’ve reviewed my own favourite online teashops.
There are also lots of other varieties of white tea, some of them less expensive than Silver Needle – so look around a few different online teashops and read the customer reviews and descriptions on these sites. The best teashops will always provide information on their sites about the year of harvest, so make sure that you get the latest one, because all the health-giving substances slowly degrade and disappear over time, and older tea won’t have the same fantastic properties as one that was harvested last spring.
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