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White Tea: Does It Fight Cancer Better Than Green Tea?

Tell me about white tea. I've heard it fights cancer better than green tea.

First, a little background about tea. When tea is harvested, it is either fermented or processed. The production process will determine what type of tea it is (such as black, oolong, green, or white). The more processing tea undergoes, the more of its cancer-fighting properties are destroyed.

Because white tea is the most minimally processed, it is the purest of all teas. Researchers at Oregon State University think that this purity could be what gives it a greater concentration of cancer-fighting polyphenols than that of green tea. Therefore, white tea may have the strongest anti-cancer potential of all teas.

For more information on tea and it's cancer fighting benefits see the following article from TheDietChannel: The Cancer Fighting Benefits of Tea.

Erin Dummert RD, CD
Contributing Expert

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