Tired? Stressed? Take a deep breath, you don’t need a holiday, you just need some white tea in your life! Soothing, relaxing and incredibly healthy, here’s 5 reasons why we love this gentle beauty:
1. IT’S LOW IN CAFFEINE
White tea contains very little caffeine, much less than coffee and significantly less than both black tea and green tea. But wait, we hear you say, more caffeine makes me more productive, right? Actually, the opposite may be true. Your brain naturally produces a regulator called adenose, which builds up throughout the day to make you feel sleepy. Caffeine works by blocking the affects of adenose. The problem is, your body is not so easily tricked and over time your brain adapts and makes more adenose receptors. Basically, you start needing more caffeine and more caffeine until all it takes is one missed cuppa and you’re in double-murder-homicide mode… Cutting back on caffeine means your body will actually need less of it. Go for a white tea and chamomile blend to promote muscle relaxation and you’ll find you fall asleep more easily and sleep more soundly too. You’ll wake up feeling refreshed and ready to kick that whole exhaustion-induced caffeine cycle!
2. IT MAKES YOUR SKIN GLOW
A study at Kingston University found that white tea slowed the of breakdown of elastin and collagen, the process that leads to wrinkles and signs of ageing in the skin. The polyphenols in white tea have also been shown to have anti-ageing properties.
3. IT’S HIGH IN ANTIOXIDANTS
All teas come from the same plant the Camelia Sinensis and all teas contain antioxidants, but white tea is less processed than green tea and black tea so the tea leaves retain more of their natural nutrients and chlorophyll making it higher in antioxidants. In particular, white tea is high in EGCG. When people get all excited about antioxidants, EGCG is generally what they’re talking about! It’s a bit of an antioxidant superstar, considered the most potent and beneficial for good health.
4. IT SOOTHES YOUR SOUL!
Made from the delicate new buds of the tea plant, white tea doesn’t undergo fermentation (like black tea and green tea do) so you’re getting tea at its purest. The resulting brew has less bitter tasting tannins and is naturally sweet, light, refreshing and a joy to drink! To feel extra relaxed, take your time preparing your white tea. Drink it slowly and savour the subtle flavours. Try a calming white tea and jasmine or white tea and lavender blend and inhale deeply before your first sip to get the added benefits of aromatherapy. Your nightmare commute into work and the urge to throw hot tea all over that pushy stranger will completely fade away, trust us!
5. IT CAN HELP YOU KICK A COLD
Need a boost to your immune system boost? White tea has high anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. It’s sometimes used as an ingredient in soap for this reason. A study conducted by the Pace University found that white tea may slow down viruses and the growth of bacteria, reducing the incidence of staphylococcus and streptococcus infections, pneumonia and even dental plaque (so your glowing smile will match your glowing skin!).
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