You probably already know that green tea is terrific for jump-starting weight loss. Experts say it’s the catechins in the tea, such as (EGCG), which can help us beat the battle of the bulge.
And if you’ve followed our past advice, you may have already sipped on some of this delicious beverage when you needed to shed a few pounds. But it turns out green tea has some serious competition when it comes to effortless weight loss.
White tea, made from the youngest buds of the tea plant, is also rich in flab-fighting polyphenols, including EGCG. In fact, according to research published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition white tea contains some of the purest forms of catechins, which boost metabolism and speed up weight loss.
A study published in the journal Nutrition and Metabolism revealed that drinking white tea could help us stay slim and trim in two different ways.
White tea doesn’t just encourage our bodies to burn through a bit more fat. It can also help slow, or prevent, fat cells form forming in the first place.
White tea delivers bunches of health benefits
White tea, with its light and slightly sweet flavor, can add a bit of variety to your routine. And white tea’s benefits don’t end with weight loss either.
Blood pressure and heart health:
The powerful polyphenols in white tea are anti-inflammatory, which means they naturally expand blood vessels improving your blood pressure. Plus they help calm the inflammation that’s at the center of heart disease.
Since white tea goes through minimal processing it retains more of tea’s natural antioxidants than other varieties. And studies show those free-radical fighting antioxidants can put up a fight against the plaque buildup that causes narrowing and hardening of arteries.
The hardworking polyphenols in white tea don’t just protect your heart. It turns out they can help take on cancer too.
The cancer-fighting benefits of green tea are well known. But researchers from Linus Pauling University found white tea kills even more cancer cells than green tea.
And another study, published in the journal Cancer Prevention Research, backed up those results. The researchers uncovered compounds in white tea which are highly effective against cancer cells.
And over the years, hundreds of studies have found an association between regular tea drinking and better outcomes for many cancers including skin, breast, lung, and prostate.
Stronger bones and teeth:
As you get older, your bone health becomes more important than ever before. Because if your bones are weak a fall that would once have been merely an inconvenience can suddenly be a life-changing experience.
According to the University of California, Berkley, drinking tea is associated with stronger bones, and greater bone density.
And in an animal study published in the journal Bone Abstracts, when researchers exposed rats to heavy metals which are associated with low bone mineral density, white tea significantly improved their bone health. The rats fed the tea had a 65 percent increase in bone elastic strength and a 25 percent jump in ultimate bone strength, compared to the control critters.
Plus white tea’s natural antibacterial properties can help slash the number of bacteria hiding in your mouth. Which means a regular white tea habit could help protect your teeth against plaque buildup and decay, too.
Immune system support:
Antioxidant rich white tea is a natural immune system booster.
In animal studies, the tea made them significantly more resistant to sickening salmonella. And according to researchers at Pace University, white tea effectively fights bacteria, viruses and fungi.
In some cases, it was even more effective than green tea. Extracts from the white tea reduced the growth of the bacteria that cause strep infections, pneumonia and cavities.
If you’re already a green tea fan, that’s great. There’s no need to give up on your healthy habit. But go ahead and try adding some white tea into your routine too.