Health, Well-being

White or Green Tea – Which Is Better?

For thousands of years, humans have drunk tea. Many of the ancient civilizations didn’t realize that tea offered health benefits. They gradually learned that tea does help people. Today, we know a lot more about health benefits in tea. For example, your mother probably gave you tea to soothe your sore throat. This has been happening for hundreds of years. Scientists have found other benefits in teas, especially green and white. Before you pick one over the other, read about each.

 White Tea

  • Antioxidants
  • Cancer Prevention
  • Lower Blood Pressure
  • Lower Cholesterol
  • Heart Protection
  • Stronger Bones
  • Antibacterial Function
  • Antiviral Function
  • Healthy Teeth and Gums
  • Healthy Skin
  • Alleviates Symptoms of Diabetes

Green Tea

  • Fights Cancer
  • Improves Heart Health
  • Antioxidant Booster
  • Liver Health
  • Weight Loss
  • Digestive Aid
  • Blood Sugar Levels Stabilizer
  • Arthritis Support
  • Immune Booster

Which is Better?

You can choose the tea for you depending on what health issues you are having. But, generally, you have to remember that white tea and green tea come from the same plant, Camellia sinensis. The main difference between the two types of tea is that the white tea leaves are harvested at a younger age than the green tea leaves. They both undergo very little processing. White tea is not fermented at all while green tea is partly fermented. By contrast, black tea is fully fermented.

Antioxidants

While they both have antioxidants, white tea has higher concentrations of them. Studies have shown that white tea has a concentration of antioxidants that is three times higher than in green tea. Essentially, white tea contains the same concentrations of antioxidants as the young and fresh tea leaf buds that are still attached to the bush. This makes white tea the tea with the highest antioxidant content, which for many is the main reason for drinking white tea.

Caffeine

White tea contains less caffeine than green tea, about 15 mg per serving compared to the 20 mg for green tea. This gives white tea another point in its favor.

Immune System Booster

While green tea stimulates the immune system, studies on white tea found that white tea destroy organisms causing various diseases. White tea is better at killing bacteria than green tea. Other studies have found white tea might have an impact on human pathogenic viruses. Other studies have shown white tea can fight certain strains of bacterial infections.

Anti-Obesity

White tea fights obesity by inhibiting human fat cells and stimulates mobilization from mature fat. While green tea also has weight-loss properties, white tea is more effective. White tea can help you reduce your fat storage, which is what the studies found. Green tea boosts metabolism. Oolong tea helps you burn fat and reduce carbohydrate absorption. Oolong reduces sugar cravings. Drinking tea before exercise can make your exercise more effective. Black tea can give you balanced energy. Mint tea reduces bloating and gas. Drinking tea without milk or sweeteners has the best effect on your weight.

Either green tea or white tea will help you maintain your health. Both will soothe those sore throats as we enter cold and flu season. But, if you have a particular problem, such as stomachaches or weak bones, one might be more effective than the other.

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