White tea is a type of tea obtained from the plant Camelia sinensis, the same as black and green tea. This variety is produced exclusively by using the unopened and tender buds of Camelia sinensis coated with a white fluff, hence the name white tea.
Then these buds are withered by vaporization and then are slowly dried without being subjected to any other process. White tea is produced mainly in China, generally in the Fujian region, it is considered rare, valuable and with a delicate aroma so much that in the past it was only drunk at the Emperor's court. But the precious qualities of white tea don’t stop there, this tea is a drink rich in antioxidants, useful against free radicals and aging processes, in quantities greater than that of other tea varieties. White tea is also able to support the immune system, to control cholesterol and to boost metabolism, a property that is very useful in case of overweight. This tea makes also the skin shiny and healthier, it acts by protecting from tooth decay since polyphenols, flavonoids and tannins, the antioxidants present in this drink, are able to prevent the growth of various bacteria that cause the formation of the dental plaque. White tea would also have an anticancer action, as evidenced by scientific studies, such as the research published in 2010 on the Cancer prevention research magazine and performed by a group of scientists from the New Mexico VA Health Care System in Albuquerque, USA, where the antineoplastic and chemopreventive role of white tea has been demonstrated in case of lung cancer. For what concerns the preparation, the water should not boil but reach a temperature of 75-80 ° C, at this point, tea leaves are poured into the teapot, one tablespoon for cup, the infusion time can be ten as well as twenty minutes, it depends on the variety of white tea. Drink from two to four cups of tea per day.