Tea lovers may be happy to learn that their favorite drink has just been found to be like a fountain of youth.
According to researchers, white tea may offer significant protection from an array of health and aging problems, from lowering the risk of cancer to preventing wrinkles.
In particular, a team of British scientists and natural health experts tested 21 plant and herb extracts for their medicinal properties and found that white tea consistently outperformed them all. They explain the effects are mainly due to high levels of antioxidants as well as compounds that block the enzymes which breakdown elastin and collagen in the skin which can lead to wrinkles.
Professor Declan Naughton, from the School of Life Sciences at Kingston University in the UK, says there are indicators white tea reduces the risk of inflammation which is a factor in aging as well as a characteristic of rheumatoid arthritis and some cancers.
Those looking for ways to preserve a youthful appearance and maintain good health can find an array of remedies in natural health stores, including bladderwrack as well as supplements containing extracts of cleavers, rose, green tea, angelica, anise and pomegranate.