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White Tea

The least processed of all teas, the flavor of white tea is the closest to fresh, pure tea leaves. The leaves undergo two steps during processing. First, the leaves are withered and then they are immediately baked in the sun. Like black and green teas, white tea contains numerous antioxidant compounds called polyphenols (flavonoids and catechins specifically).

Catechins provide protective antioxidant action against harmful free radicals in the body. Research shows that these free radicals are involved in heart disease, some kinds of cancer and increase the risk of strokes. Due to its high antioxidant components, drinking white tea may potentially help to protect against cardiovascular disease, supports immune system function, may help to lower elevated cholesterol levels, promotes strength and integrity of blood vessels and helps to promote healthy teeth and bones.

In addition, white tea is a source of nutrients containing magnesium, managanese, potassium, calcium, and the vitamins C and K all in trace amounts.

White teas contain the least amount of caffeine of all teas, generally ranging in the cup from 5-15 milligrams.

White Narcissus Peony, also known as Pai Mu Tan (Pai means “white” and Mu Tan “peony”)-is a high quality, elegant White Tea. White Narcissus Peony tea is produced in China’s Fujian province during the early spring, by carefully selecting only the finest tender buds of the white tea plant. This results in a unique nutty, bamboo fragrance and a sweet, savory taste.

In the evening, sip white teas before or after a light meal or enjoy on its own to savor its subtle taste. To truly appreciate the delicate flavor avoid drinking with strong flavors or spicy foods and makes an excellent drink for those seeking the health benefits of Green Tea, but who prefer a more subtle flavor and aroma.

Health Benefits of Green Tea

Both Black and Green Tea originate from the same plant, Cameilla sinensis, however due to differences in harvesting and processing -where black tea is fermented and fully oxidized and green tea is prepared through steaming or pan frying techniques, the teas vary widely in flavor, aroma, nutrient content and each impacts our body in separate ways.

A key difference between Black tea and Green tea is the amount of caffeine contained in a serving. Black tea contains significantly higher amounts and can aggravate health concerns that are caffeine sensitive such as anxiety, depression and high blood pressure… Although the caffeine content found in Green Tea is much lower, I do not recommend high amounts of any product containing caffeine for individuals who are caffeine sensitive or who have conditions whose symptoms can be worsened by the consumption of caffeine.

Green Tea contains a variety of nutrients such as calcium, magnesium, potassium, manganese, Vitamin C, flavonoids, polysaccharides and theanine in trace amounts.

The largest health benefits of Green Tea are due to the high amounts of antioxidant properties called Polyphenols. Two subcategories of polyphenols include the classes of flavonoids and catechins. Catechins are plant chemicals that provide antioxidant protection against free radical damage in the body. Of the green tea catechins, the primary compounds include: catechin, epicatechin, epicatechin gallate, epigallocatechin and eipgallocatechin gallate (EGCG), the last two flavanol compounds are the most predominant and appear to be the most powerful antioxidants.

Free radical damage can contribute to heart disease, elevated cholesterol, increase the risk of strokes and are involved in some types of cancer. Research indicates that the antioxidant activity is due to the inhibition of lipid peroxidation in the body. Lipid peroxidation is the oxygen breakdown of polyunsaturated fatty acids and is implicated in inflammatory conditions, speeding up the aging process, liver and heart disease.

The flavonol compounds in Green Tea provide excellent health enhancement benefits, they are anti inflammatory in nature and have a positive effect on the heart, help to strengthen capillaries and can support individuals with circulatory insufficiency.

In addition, Green Tea offers protection from environmental stress, both physical stress and through supporting immune system function. Catechins also offer some antiviral and antimicrobial properties. Daily consumption of green tea can certainly be used as part of a larger health program to enhance the immune system.

Green Tea contains theanine, an amino acid. Recent studies have shown that theanine is a derivative of glutamic acid, a neurotransmittor located in the brain and may help to enhance concentration and focus while producing overall calming effects on the body.

My favorite type of Organic Green Tea is one containing the subtle flavors of cherry and rose. Delicious! The tea leaves can be reused more than once, simply add more water and steep. You can view it by clicking here:

Here are a couple of pub med abstracts commenting on the health enhancement benefits of green tea:

Lung Health

Prostate Health