It is made from the same plant as green, black black and Oolong teas, the Camellia Sinensis plant. It is lightly processed too, and one of the most delicate varieties of tea available. It has a unique, fragrant flavour, and compared to the other aforementioned teas, is the least oxidised.
Green Tea is always lauded for its high levels of antioxidants, and rightly so. However did you know that because white tea requires less processing it actually retains more Antioxidants than its greener counterpart.
We have already looked at the impressive antioxidant content of white tea, which protects the body from harmful free radicals, however one particular antioxidant group known as catechins works synergistically with the caffeine content of white tea to positively contribute to fat burning. Catechins, along with the tannins in white tea are also thought to strengthen the teeth by fighting sugar and oral bacteria. Polyphenols (plant compounds with anti-inflammatory benefits) in white tea may improve immunity and prevent the bad LDL Cholesterol from becoming oxidised - this is important for reducing the risk of heart disease in later life.
Yes. Like all teas from the Camellia sinensis plant, white tea has a caffeine content between 15-35mg per cup, which compared to traditional green tea is fifteen percent less.