The medicinal properties of Camellia Sinensis are transferred to the different varieties of tea that are made from their leaves. White tea is the least processed of teas, will it be the one with the most properties?
Green tea is the most famous of all teas and owes its popularity to its many healing benefits that can provide health.
What about cancer? Which tea is more effective?
The researchers theorized about the potential role that tea can play in cancer treatments.
Dashwood, a biochemist of the Linus Pauling Institute.
This doctor says “Our theory was that white tea could have higher levels of polyphenols than green tea or equivalents and therefore be more beneficial.”
The chemical analysis confirmed his theory. White tea contains the same type of polyphenols as green tea, but in different proportions.
These active ingredients are present in a greater proportion in white tea, which is why they may be responsible for a greater potential to fight cancer, says Dashwood.
Encouraged by the existing reports of the cancer-fighting chemicals in green tea, the researchers decided to try the white tea to determine if it had similar qualities.
They made four varieties of white tea and subjected them to each, to a laboratory test using bacteria.
The test, called the Salmonella test, determines whether a chemical can cause or prevent DNA mutations that are the first steps that lead to cancer.
Both are good but there is a better one
What conclusions did they reach?
White tea inhibits DNA mutations, more efficiently than green tea. This means that it may have greater potential to prevent cancer, says Gilberto Santana Rios, a researcher at the institute, located in Corvallis, Oregon.
If you need help for a cancer treatment, you know, white teas can be a great ally. Although green tea, to a lesser extent, can also give you a hand.