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Benefits of White Tea

by
author image Dena McDowell
Dena McDowell started writing in 2001 with work published in the "Milwaukee Journal Sentinel," "M Magazine," "Women and Cancer" magazine and online at The Diet Channel. She is a contributor to TOPS and TherapEase Cuisine. McDowell is a registered dietitian and holds a Bachelor of Science in dietetics from the University of Wisconsin and a master's degree in nutrition and counseling from Mount Mary College.
Benefits of White Tea
Cup of organic white tea with flower on side. Photo Credit Jowita Stachowiak/iStock/Getty Images

Tea is the most commonly consumed beverage in the world, according to the Linus Pauling Institute. Tea comes in many forms, green and black tea are popular in the Western world. White tea, native to China, has gained popularity due to its low caffeine content coupled with its disease fighting components. White tea is the least processed of all teas, created by using leaves and buds, which are steamed and fired, then dried to preserve the disease fighting properties.

Cancer Fighting Benefits

Benefits of White Tea
Drinking tea regularly increases the disease fighting antioxidants in the body. Photo Credit woman drinking tea image by forca from Fotolia.com

Oregon State University published an epidemiological study by Higdon and Frei thatidentified that white tea contains high amounts of the antioxidant, catechin. This high powered antioxidant inhibits the growth of cancer cells. Drinking white tea regularly may reduce risk of stomach, liver, skin, breast, colon, prostate, lung, esophagus, pancreas and ovarian cancer in animal studies. According to the American Cancer Society, drinking white tea may also reduce risk of recurrence for breast cancer survivors.

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Cardiovascular Health Benefits

Benefits of White Tea
Regular consumption of tea may help treat heart disease. Photo Credit heart image by jim from Fotolia.com

Drinking tea may also help reduce risk of developing heart disease according to a 2001 study published in the "American Journal of Epidemiology." Components such as catechins help to dilate blood vessels which allows for a reduction in blood pressure and better blood flow throughout the body. White tea contains the highest amount of catechins compared to green and black tea. Research published in 2002 in the "Clinical Science Journal" showed that people who drank any type of tea had a marked reduction in serum cholesterol levels.

Other Health Benefits

Benefits of White Tea
Drinking white tea may help to reduce the number on the scale. Photo Credit scale image by PinkShot from Fotolia.com

White tea prevents cavities and strengthens teeth and bones due to the high fluoride content. White tea and tea extract may also help promote weight loss according to published work in the 2009 "Nutrition and Metabolism Journal." Weight loss may be accelerated in overweight individuals who drink tea due to the active component catechin, which inhibits adipogenesis while stimulating the fat burning activity in the body.

Safety Considerations

Benefits of White Tea
Tea may impair the absorption of iron found in leafy greens. Photo Credit fresh spinach salad in a brown wooden bowl image by David Smith from Fotolia.com

In large quantities, tea and tea extracts may reduce potassium levels and may cause gastrointestinal problems such as nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Tea may also interfere with the blood thinning effects of Warafarin treatment. Tea also reduces the absorption of plant sources of iron in the diet. People who are anemic should limit tea consumption when eating iron rich foods.

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