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Sunday, January 03, 2021

White tea: Antioxidant activity

White tea is an unfermented tea derived from Camellia sinensis (fam. Theaceae) plant protected from sunlight to avoid polyphenol degradation. This tea is prepared from very young tea leaves or buds covered with tiny, silvery hairs, which are harvested only once a year in the early spring.

White tea is a type of tea with a fruity, delicate flavor and an exceptional aroma with low caffeine content while rich in antioxidants. The most important antioxidant in white tea is Epigallocatechingallate (EGCG). White tea is ascribed to have the highest content of phenolic compounds.

Tea polyphenols, especially catechin derivatives, are potent antioxidant agents, with positive effects on human health. Antioxidant components have aroused great interest because of their ability to scavenge free radicals, thereby inhibiting oxidative stress.

During the past years, oxidative damage induced by reactive species has been linked to the development of several human diseases such as diabetes mellitus and neurode-generative disorders.

Tea catechins effectively reduce cholesterol absorption from the intestine, lowering the solubility of cholesterol and enhancing the faecal excretion of cholesterol and total lipids.

White tea protects against certain type of cancer, cardiovascular diseases, and stroke, the leading causes of death in the industrial world, as well as numerous other conditions. It prevents heart strokes mainly due to the elimination free radicals due to its antioxidant property.The symptoms of illness reduce and it promotes recovery.

Flavonoids, another group of antioxidants found in white tea, are known to block the formation of carcinogenic cells and as such it prevents the cancerous growth in prostate, colon, intestine and stomach.

White tea strengthens the circulatory, immune systems as well as bones and teeth, and builds healthy skin. It also lowers the symptoms of type II diabetes and is beneficial for other conditions including halitosis (bad breath) and skin rejuvenation.

White tea also reduces stress and increases energy.

There are four main varieties of white tea which includes Silver Needle, White Peony, Long Life Eyebrow, and Tribute Eyebrow.
White tea: Antioxidant activity

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