The surprising benefits of white tea

White tea is the newest rising star of the tea world.

This lighter, brighter cousin of green tea may have a subtle mellow taste but it packs a punch with its superior antioxidant content. We asked nutritionist, Eva Humphries of www.wholefoodwarrior.co.uk, to give us the low down on the benefits of white tea.

Slows skin ageing
Specific compounds in white tea stop the breakdown of collagen and elastin in the skin. Collagen and elastin are responsible for keeping skin supple and strong so their breakdown will lead to weaker skin with a greater number of wrinkles.

A study conducted by Kingston University in London assessed 21 different plant extracts and concluded white tea to be the most effective in stopping the breakdown of collagen and elastin (1).

Assists with joint health
Collagen is also the predominant structural protein in joints. A reduction in collagen breakdown may therefore have a beneficial effect on long term joint health.

As an added extra, white tea is anti-inflammatory, assisting with the healing process and pain reduction (2).

Benefits teeth
When sugar is consumed, bacteria in the mouth convert it into an acidic substance which in turn damages teeth and eventually causes tooth decay. The body’s natural defence against bacterial tooth decay is a processed termed remineralisation.

Remineralisation is a little bit like wound healing on the skin surface: acid burns the tooth, the body responds by building new tooth material at the site of the damage.

A recent study indicated that white tea can assist with the remineralisation process and even improve the hardness of the tooth (3), just don’t put sugar in your cuppa.

Fights germs
Studies carried out by Pace University found white tea to be an effective agent against certain bacteria and viruses (4). In specific, it reduces the efficacy of Streptococcus bacteria, which are responsible for the sore throat.

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References:
(1) Thring TSA, Hili P, Naughton DP (2009) Anti-collagenase, anti-elastase and anti-oxidant activities of extracts from 21 plants. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, DOI: 10.1186/1472-6882-9-27.
(2) Thring TSA, Hili P, Naughton DP (2011) Antioxidant and potential anti-inflammatory activity of extracts and formulations of white tea, rose, and witch hazel on primary human dermal fibroblast cells. Journal of Inflammation, DOI: 10.1186/1476-9255-8-27.
(3) Jose P, Sanjeev K, Sekar M (2016) Effect of green and white tea pretreatment on remineralization of demineralized dentin by CPP-ACFP- An invitro microhardness analysis. Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research, doi: 10.7860/JCDR/2016/16038.7674.
(4) American Society For Microbiology (2004) White Tea Beats Green Tea In Fighting Germs. ScienceDaily, Accessed: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2004/05/040526070934.htm.