If you want to age gracefully, both in the way you look and the way you feel, drink white tea regularly.

Scientists at Kingston University in London carried out a series of experiments testing the health benefits of 21 plant extracts. They found that although all of the plants showed some health-promoting properties, nothing came close to the potential health benefits of white tea.

They found that the white tea extract had significant ability to inhibit the enzymes that break down elastin and collagen, both proteins found in skin that help maintain its elastic and youthful appearance. Professor Naughton, one of the lead investigators, stated that these same enzymes, along with oxidative processes in the body, are also involved in the normal inflammatory processes of the body. Unfortunately, there are many inflammatory diseases where, due to a variety of factors, these reactive substances do not get shut off. As a result, he believes that white tea’s ability to inhibit these enzymes, and the presence of significant antioxidants in it, makes white tea a potentially powerful ally in combating rheumatoid arthritis and some cancers, in addition to reducing wrinkles. Dr. Naughton further reported that the research team used very small amounts of the white tea extract and were shocked at how well it performed across all of the tests.

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