White tea is lesser known and rarer in Brazil, but it is even more powerful than the already popular green tea. Less processed than green, its properties are more concentrated and this accelerates the benefits. Both, as well as black tea, are produced from the Camellia sinensis plant. The difference is that the white is collected before the flowers open, when there are buds covered with fine silver hairs that give it a light grayish-green color. Unlike green and black teas, white tea does not undergo fermentation. White tea is produced in China, Japan and India. It contains caffeine, manganese, potassium, folic acid, vitamins C, K, B1 and B2, has a higher concentration of polyphenols and is rich in other antioxidant substances that help neutralize free radicals, responsible for cell aging.
- It loses weight because it speeds up the metabolism, helping to eliminate body fat;
- Helps prevent tooth decay and plaque;
- It has anti-inflammatory and anti-flu action;
- Activates the immune system;
- Regenerates the skin;
- It can act to lower the rates of bad cholesterol that blocks the arteries (LDL);
- It inhibits genetic mutations that can lead to cancer;
- Decreases swelling;
- Fights free radicals, responsible for cell aging;
- Prevents cardiovascular problems by strengthening arteries and veins.
How to prepare tea?
Put water to boil and before it comes to boil, turn off the fire; add two flat spoons (soup) to two liters of water or two flat spoons (tea) to one cup of water. Smother it for a few minutes (five to ten is enough) and strain. Drink hot or cold for up to 24 hours after preparation. The active principles lose their effectiveness after this time, and its conservation is not recommended.
Consume one or two cups a day, hot or cold preferably, without sweetening. If sweetening is needed, prefer honey (one teaspoon to a cup).
Where to find tea?
White tea is found in nutritional supplement and imported tea stores.