The health-boosting qualities of white tea may not be as famous yet as those of green tea, but this might just be a question of time. According to a Chinese legend, five thousand years ago an emperor accidentally discovered white tea when tea leaves blew into his cup of hot water. The name for this drink derives from the whitish color of the buds of the tea plant that it comes from. The fact that it requires much less processing than other types of tea makes it more vibrant in nutrients. Its low caffeine content is another reason behind white tea's rising popularity.
Every human body contains a certain amount of free radical compounds. If a person eats healthily, gets sufficient exercise and lives in a clean environment, their body tends to maintain a good balance between the free radicals and antioxidant compounds that restrain the free radical activities. However, in less than ideal situations, the free radicals start to damage tissue and open the way to infection. The antioxidant properties of white tea reinforce the antioxidant "defender" forces that protect the body from such damage. Several research studies confirm that the tea helps protect body tissue.
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