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White tea contains higher catechin levels than green tea due to its lack of processing. Catechin concentration is greatest in fresh, unbroken and unfermented tea leaves. Furthermore, one study examining the composition of brewed green and white teas found that white tea contained more gallic acid, theobromine, and caffeine.

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WHITE TEA FACTS

We’re quite sure you’ve heard of Black Tea and Green Tea, but White Tea?

Is there such a thing as White Tea? If so, is there something about it that requires my attention? Why should I devote my time to learn about it? These are the more important questions you might probably ask; and the answers are right here:

Until recently, White Tea was relatively unknown outside the Chinese culture. While Chinese Tea drinkers have been hip to the spectacular benefits of White Tea, little or nothing at all has been done outside Asia to harness the goodness of this gift of nature.

What most tea drinkers only know is that all tea comes from the same source: the Camilla Sinensis tea bush. BLACK TEA derives its dark color and full flavor from a complex fermentation process; while GREEN TEA is almost not fermented at all to give a more mellow taste. OOLONG TEA’s fall somewhere in the middle with a little fermentation for a distinct reddish color and flowery flavor.

And WHITE TEA? White tea is made from the immature tea leaves that are picked shortly before the buds have fully opened. The tea takes its name from the silver hairs covering the buds, which turns white when the tea is dried.

The heavenly secret lies in what happens after the buds are plucked. Tea leaves destined to be sold as WHITE TEA undergo even less processing than green tea leaves. Instead of air-drying, the leaves are merely steamed. The result? A pale tea with a sweet, silky, smooth flavor. None of the GRASSY aftertaste usually found on Green Tea.

Still not sold? WHITE TEA also contains more polyphenols than any other kind of tea, including your GREEN TEA. Polyphenols are antioxidants that fight and kill cancer causing cells.

In 2004, studies at the PACE UNIVERSITY in the United States concluded that WHITE TEA helps your body’s immune system fight off viruses and dangerous infection causing bacteria. WHITE TEA is also rich in fluoride that prevents the growth of dental plaque, the chief cause of tooth decay.

WHITE TEA is slowly gaining popularity in the US and in Europe as the best Tea Drink. Period. Not to be outdone, ONE TEA, has brought this miracle tea into ONE serenely satisfying beverage. Introducing, ONE WHITE TEA, the new standard in Iced Tea Refreshment. Combining all the Health Benefits and Smooth Mellow Sweet flavor of WHITE TEA with your favorite fruit flavors!

ONE WHITE TEA blends fruits that enhance the flavor of this new age beverage, APPLE COOLER, CITRUS BLAST & PEACH PASSION (new additions are Grape Pleasure, Luscious Lychee). Finally, an Iced Tea Beverage that doesn’t just taste good, its also the best gift you can give yourself anyday, anywhere, anytime.

A great reason for drinking white tea is its high concentration of antioxidants, which are believed to have a beneficial effect on our health. WHITE TEA helps your body’s immune system fight off viruses and dangerous infection causing bacteria. WHITE TEA is also rich in fluoride that prevents the growth of dental plaque, the chief cause of tooth decay.

Antioxidants and Free Radicals

Source: www.rice.edu

Antioxidants are intimately involved in the prevention of cellular damage -- the common pathway for cancer, aging, and a variety of diseases. The scientific community has begun to unveil some of the mysteries surrounding this topic, and the media has begun whetting our thirst for knowledge. Athletes have a keen interest because of health concerns and the prospect of enhanced performance and/or recovery from exercise. The purpose of this article is to serve as a beginners guide to what antioxidants are and to briefly review their role in exercise and general health. What follows is only the tip of the iceberg in this dynamic and interesting subject.

It's the RADICALS

Free radicals are atoms or groups of atoms with an odd (unpaired) number of electrons and can be formed when oxygen interacts with certain molecules. Once formed these highly reactive radicals can start a chain reaction, like dominoes. Their chief danger comes from the damage they can do when they react with important cellular components such as DNA, or the cell membrane. Cells may function poorly or die if this occurs. To prevent free radical damage the body has a defense system of antioxidants.

Antioxidants are molecules which can safely interact with free radicals and terminate the chain reaction before vital molecules are damaged. Although there are several enzyme systems within the body that scavenge free radicals, the principle micronutrient (vitamin) antioxidants are vitamin E, beta-carotene, and vitamin C. Additionally, selenium, a trace metal that is required for proper function of one of the body's antioxidant enzyme systems, is sometimes included in this category. The body cannot manufacture these micronutrients so they must be supplied in the diet.

Vitamin E : d-alpha tocopherol. A fat soluble vitamin present in nuts, seeds, vegetable and fish oils, whole grains (esp. wheat germ), fortified cereals, and apricots. Current recommended daily allowance (RDA) is 15 IU per day for men and 12 IU per day for women.

Vitamin C : Ascorbic acid is a water soluble vitamin present in citrus fruits and juices, green peppers, cabbage, spinach, broccoli, kale, cantaloupe, kiwi, and strawberries. The RDA is 60 mg per day. Intake above 2000 mg may be associated with adverse side effects in some individuals.

Beta-carotene is a precursor to vitamin A (retinol) and is present in liver, egg yolk, milk, butter, spinach, carrots, squash, broccoli, yams, tomato, cantaloupe, peaches, and grains. Because beta-carotene is converted to vitamin A by the body there is no set requirement. Instead the RDA is expressed as retinol equivalents (RE), to clarify the relationship. (NOTE: Vitamin A has no antioxidant properties and can be quite toxic when taken in excess.)

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Preventing cancer and heart disease -- do antioxidants help?

Epidemiologic observations show lower cancer rates in people whose diets are rich in fruits and vegetables. This has lead to the theory that these diets contain substances, possibly antioxidants, which protect against the development of cancer. There is currently intense scientific investigation into this topic. Thus far, none of the large, well designed studies have shown that dietary supplementation with extra antioxidants reduces the risk of developing cancer. In fact one study demonstrated an increased risk of lung cancer in male smokers who took antioxidants vs. male smoker who did not supplement. Whether this effect was from the antioxidants is unknown but it does raise the issue that antioxidants may be harmful under certain conditions.

Antioxidants are also thought to have a role in slowing the aging process and preventing heart disease and strokes, but the data is still inconclusive. Therefore from a public health perspective it is premature to make recommendations regarding antioxidant supplements and disease prevention. New data from ongoing studies will be available in the next few years and will shed more light on this constantly evolving area. Perhaps the best advice, which comes from several authorities in cancer prevention, is to eat 5 servings of fruit or vegetables per day.

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White Tea Beats Green Tea In Fighting Germs

ScienceDaily (May 28, 2004)

NEW ORLEANS – May 25, 2004, New studies conducted at Pace University have indicated that White Tea Extract (WTE) may have prophylactic applications in retarding growth of bacteria that cause Staphylococcus infections, Streptococcus infections, pneumonia and dental caries. Researchers present their findings today at the 104th General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology.

"Past studies have shown that green tea stimulates the immune system to fight disease," says Milton Schiffenbauer, Ph.D., a microbiologist and professor in the Department of Biology at Pace University's Dyson College of Arts & Sciences and primary author of the research. "Our research shows White Tea Extract can actually destroy in vitro the organisms that cause disease. Study after study with tea extract proves that it has many healing properties. This is not an old wives tale, it's a fact."

White tea was more effective than green tea at inactivating bacterial viruses. Results obtained with the bacterial virus, a model system; suggest that WTE may have an anti-viral effect on human pathogenic viruses. The addition of White Tea Extract to various toothpastes enhanced the anti-microbial effect of these oral agents.

Studies have also indicated that WTE has an anti-fungal effect on Penicillium chrysogenum and Saccharomyces cerevisiae. In the presence of WTE, Penicillium spores and Saccharomyces cerevisiae yeast cells were totally inactivated. It is suggested that WTE may have an anti-fungal effect on pathogenic fungi.

Several findings in the new study are of particular interest:

  • The anti-viral and anti-bacterial effect of white tea (Stash and Templar brands) is greater than that of green tea.
  • The anti-viral and anti-bacterial effect of several toothpastes including Aim, Aquafresh, Colgate, Crest and Orajel was enhanced by the addition of white tea extract.
  • White tea extract exhibited an anti-fungal effect on both Penicillium chrysogenum and Saccharomyces cerevisiae.
  • White tea extract may have application in the inactivation of pathogenic human microbes, i.e., bacteria, viruses, and fungi.

White Tea Generation

Wellness is becoming a hot trend among us Filipinos. Tea is now a necessity in our grocery list. It’s the right drink for an active lifestyle, amid the rise of gyms and wellness programs.

Many people say bottled iced tea has replaced cola as the most popular drink for various reasons. Aside from wide campaigns set out for bottled iced tea in the past two years, health has become its powerful niche. We all know green tea has both sweetness and the right nutrients like antioxidants that fight cancer. But we didn’t have better options than green tea until white tea came.

We love tea

White tea is today’s most popular tea in China because it’s got better taste and more nutrients. One White Tea, in fact, was recently launched to bring the best tea drink to the country.

Like most kinds of tea, white tea also comes from the bush of Camilla Sinensis Plant. The main difference would be the production process. It’s not like black tea—a result of fermentation—and green tea, which is not fermented at all.

White tea is made from tea buds, immature leaves that are picked before the buds have fully opened. Tea buds have silver hair-like particles that turn white when they dry out. One White Tea is made through a simple process to retain more nutrients.

Green is out, white is in

The magic starts once the buds are plucked. Unlike green tea leaves, buds used for white tea undergo less processing, which retains more nutrients. Buds are only steamed and not air-dried. This process makes white tea sweet, silky and smooth. It has none of the grassy after taste usually found in green tea.

For healthy-conscious Pinoys, studies show that white tea has more polyphenols than any kind of tea. These antioxidants prevent cells that cause cancer. In 2004, Pace University (USA) studies concluded that white tea helps the body’s immune system fight off viruses and infection-causing bacteria. It’s also rich in fluoride, preventing causes of tooth decay like dental plaque.

In the US and in Europe, white tea is known to have five times more antioxidants than green tea. One White Tea brings this wonder of nature to the Pinoys with a light, mellow sweet taste.

Better than GREEN TEA

Among the rarest and most expensive varieties of tea, white tea is produced almost exclusively in China. It belongs to the same species (Camellia sinensis) as other tea plants, but has a higher proportion of buds to leaves. The buds are covered by silvery hairs, giving the plant a whitish appearance.

  • Low in caffeine
  • Aids in achieving weight loss
  • Rich in flouride
  • More effective in combating simple illnesses that may lead to cancer and tumor

Considered by most connoisseurs to be the apotheosis of tea, white tea is the most subtle of all the varieties of tea, using only the finest tea leacves from each bush with a minimal amount of processing. Only special leaves are selected, the ideal is two leaves wrapped around a new shoot. Usually only the youngest leaves, still covered with short white hair or down are used. The leaves and buds grown for white tea are actually picked the day before the shoots open which is attributed to the delicate nature and subtle qualities of white teas.

The production of most varieties of white tea consists of only two steps: steaming and drying (some white teas are very slightly fermented). After drying, the leacves are again selected and sorted by hand. The absence of withering, rolling and oxidation leaces the appearance of the leaves essentially unaltered. The white down of the unprocessed leaves is clearly visible and gives the final tea leaves their sliver-white appearance.

This unique process produces a drink that is fresh and light with a mellow sweet aroma and taste. Its drink possesses extraordinary benefits in terms of taste, flavor and health properties.

White tea contain the same types of polyphenols (catechins) as green tea, but in different proportions. It has been found that white tea carries 5 times more antioxidants as compared to the other tea variety. They protect the body from simple illnesses like growth of bacteria and infection in the bodies to more complex types like tumor and cancer. Studies have indicated that it is more effective than other teas in combating cancer. White tea does not only stimulate the immune system to fight disease, it actually destroys these viruses that cause potential illnesses.

It is also low in caffeine and fosters efficient digestion. It aids in achieving weight loss. White tea is rich in flouride that prevents the growth of dental plaque, the primary cause of tooth decay.

White tea promotes a perfect balance of nutrients in the body.

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From the producers of One Iced Tea, One White Tea comes in three thirst-quenching flavors — Apple Cooler, Grape Pleasure, Citrus Blast, Peach Passion, and Luscious Lychee. You'll have it all — taste, variety, nutrients and the value for money. Get the white One!

One White Tea drinks are available nationwide at supermarkets and convenience stores in 355-mL and 500-mL bottles.

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