The Benefits of White Tea

JUNE 16, 2005 -- Andrea Giancontieri says she is a tea lover. She's been drinking the beverage most of her life. She says she likes the taste and knows it's good for her health.

"It's a comfort thing for me. I like a hot beverage," says Giancontieri.

More and more people are turning to tea. Some studies show tea can help reduce the risk of certain cancers and heart disease. Stores like Teavana offer a variety of teas to choose from.

While green tea is best known for it's antioxidant properties, there's another tea that's growing in popularity called white tea. It's supposed to be even better for your health.

"Studies have shown it has three to 15 times the antioxidant and cancer fighting properties of green tea," says Emily Petitt of Teavana.

There are many types of white tea such as honey dew white and silver needle, but what makes it so special?

"White tea is the least processed of all teas. Because of that processing it's the highest in antioxidants. It's going to help prevent cancer, free radicals and it's wonderful for your skin," says Petitt.

White tea uses only the youngest tea leaves and buds, which means it can only be picked a couple of times a year. As for the taste, many people say it's very light, clear and refreshing.

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