White Tea Health Benefits
White tea is the uncured and unoxidized tea leaf.¬† White tea contains lower levels of caffeine than older leafs.¬† It contains higher levels of catechins than green tea due to its lack of processing.
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.
Several findings in the study revealed:
* The anti-viral and anti-bacterial effect of white tea 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. ScienceDaily (May 28, 2004) ¬†http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2004/05/040526070934.htm