White Tea A Wrinkle-Free Cure? Scientific Review Found Tea Outshine 20 Herbs

by Julian

The process of skin ageing has been divided into two categories: Intrinsic and extrinsic ageing.

Intrinsic skin ageing or natural ageing is caused by changes in elasticity of the skin over time.

Extrinsic skin ageing is predominately a result of exposure to solar radiation (photoageing).

According to a 2009 study conducted by Kingston University in London, scientists explored the skin-protecting effects of 21 different extracts of plants and herbs (including burdock root, green
tea, and lavender).

A number of the studied extracts (such as bladderwrack, green tea, rose, and pomegranate) were found to fight the breakdown of collagen and elastin (a protein that supports skin's elasticity and plays a role in the prevention of sagging).

However, white tea outperformed all the other extracts in the study.

Anti-elastase activities were observed for nine of the extracts with inhibitory activity in the following order:

white tea (~89%)
cleavers (~58%)
burdock root (~51%)
bladderwrack (~50%)
anise and angelica (~32%)

Anti-collagenase activities were exhibited by sixteen plants of which the highest activity was seen in:

white tea (~87%)
green tea (~47%)
rose tincture (~41%)
lavender (~31%).

Nine plant extracts had activities against both elastase (E) and collagenase (C) and were ranked in the order of:

white tea (E:89%, C:87%)
bladderwrack (E:50%, C:25%)
cleavers (E:58%, C:7%)
rose tincture (E:22%, C:41%)
green tea (E:10%: C:47%)

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Tamsyn SA Thring , Pauline Hili and Declan P Naughton 92009).
Anti-collagenase, anti-elastase and anti-oxidant activities of extracts from 21 plants. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2009, 9:27doi

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Sep 08, 2009
How to best extract these compounds?
by: James


If one were to opt to drink the AAA grade white tea with these benefits in mind, what would be the best way to ensure that these compounds are best extracted?

Specifically, how long should one brew the white tea and at what temperature? Is it OK to let the tea steep for over 20 minutes, while it is cooling down, to ensure that the highest possible amount of beneficial compounds are extracted?

Sep 09, 2009
Tea Nutrition Extraction
by: Julian

When you say extracting tea compounds, I guess you mean water solubility?

My suggestion is to brew near boiling water, infuse your cups several times to fully extract the antioxidants.

I normally steep for 2 to 5 minutes then pour to a different container. If I get distracted it may get to 20 minutes, but it won't diminish the health benefits.

A separate study founds you can keep your tea liquor for up to 7 hours...

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The greatest enemies of tea nutrition are moisture (for tea leaves), oxygen (for tea leaves and liquor).

For maximum benefits drink your tea as soon as possible, or up to 7 hours (as long as the taste and liquor color doesn't change it should still be good.)

Dec 25, 2010
How about vinegar?
by: Anonymous

I was wondering about the possible interaction of apple vinegar with white tea (non-brewed, just loose leaves or, more likely, tea bags).
Could the vinegar perhaps damage the tea contents?

I am asking because I use apple vinegar A LOT, including skin care.

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