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White tea vs. green tea

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As a green tea devotee it’s almost hard to admit that there is a tea out there that is superior to green tea in terms of health benefits.

But don’t fear. This doesn’t mean we have to give up our green tea. The two teas are similar enough that we can enjoy them both and benefit all the more.

White tea is getting more and more attention so it’s appropriate to examine what white tea is, exactly, and how it compares to green tea.

White tea is minimally processed, just like green tea. It is harvested just before the buds open and the buds still have white hair on them, thus the name “white tea.”

White tea has a sweeter, lighter taste than green tea. Like green tea, you should steep it in water that is below the boiling point.

White tea has slightly less caffeine than green tea (15 mg as opposed to 20 mg). The varieties of white tea include:

*White peony.

*Golden moon.

*Silver needle.

*White cloud.

Such poetic names.

White tea even has a more polyphenols (antioxidants) than green tea does. Here’s a list of all the wonderful things antioxidants do for you:

*Inhibit growth of cancer cells

*Reduce high blood pressure.

*Protection against getting a stroke.

*Improved blood flow to the heart.

*Reduce cholesterol.

*Inhibit the formation of blood clots in artery walls.

*Maintains even blood sugar levels.

*Lowers the risk for osteoporosis.

*Enhances immune function and helps fight infections.

*Inhibits the growth of bacteria that can cause gum disease, cavities, and bad breath.

Pace University conducted studies in 2004 that show that white tea is even more effective than green tea in killing bacterial viruses. It’s also especially effective in killing staph infections and killing the bacteria causes tooth decay.

The bottom line is that both teas are comparable and very, very good for you. Pick the one that you like the best and drink up!

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