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White tea: Offering something new to your health

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  • Maharaja Ranjit Singh Punjab Technical University, Bathinda, Punjab, India

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For centuries tea is a popular beverage and has also been used as medicine. While green and black teas are very healthy, white tea is a superb tonic and one of the nature's great gifts. It is the least processed tea and has the highest antioxidant levels as compare to black and green tea. A supreme drink for health ―white tea‖ plays an important role in preventing diseases and disorders. White tea protects against cancer, heart disease, and stroke, the leading causes of death in the industrial world, as well as numerous other conditions. The symptoms of illness reduce and it promotes recovery. White tea strengthens the circulatory, immune systems as well as bones and teeth, and builds healthy skin. White tea has many other benefits to offer like it may reduce blood sugar and help prevent symptoms of diabetes to elevate. It reduces stress and increases energy. The aim of this present article is to enlist various health benefits of white tea especially its role in prevention of cardio-vascular diseases, cancer, obesity, skin and eye disorders. An attempt is also made to highlight the history, contents, manufacturing, production, varieties as well as the past and the ongoing researches on white tea related to the clinical uses of white tea.
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... Chinese legend asserts that tea has been consumed since 3,000 years ago 1 , but archaeological research indicates that tea was first consumed around 5,000 years ago, during the early paleolithic period 2 . In addition to being the oldest beverage, tea is the second most consumed beverage in the world, behind mineral water 3 . By 2025, global consumption and production of tea are projected to increase by 3.08%, reaching 7,000 metric tons 4 . ...
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