You’ve heard about it in those snapple commercials and seen the boxes of it in grocery stores – but what is white tea? It comes from the same plant, the Camilla Sinensis tea bush, but white tea is instead made from immature leaves plucked from the bush before the buds are fully opened and gets the name from the silver fuzz still on the tea leaves when picked. When it dries, the leaves are white – hence the name.

White tea is a pale tea with a sweet, silky flavor. People tend to note that white tea lacks the “grassy” aftertaste that can be associated with green tea. In addition, studies indicate that white tea is better for you. Because the  tea leaves are so close to their natural state , means that it  contains more polyphenols, the powerful antioxidant that fights and kills cancer-causing cells, more than any other type of tea. Even further, A 2004 study at Pace University found  that white tea can help your body’s immune system fight off viruses and dangerous infection-causing bacteria. The same study also found that  it is fluoride-rich , whichhelps prevent the growth of dental plaque, the chief cause of tooth decay.

So, maybe try a lighter tea and take advantage of it’s heavyweight antioxidants. With white tea, you can help your immune system, prevent cancer, and those pearly whites.

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