White Tea is a young tea, made from new growth buds and leaves, which have been steamed or fired to inactivate the oxidation process and is then dried. White tea is rich in catechins similar to green tea, however, the small buds that form on the plant are covered with silver hairs that give the young leaves a white appearance. The leaves come from a number of varieties of tea cultivars and bushes. It is a specialty of the province Fujian and is almost entirely produced in China. White tea has very limited processing, which gives this tea its added benefits.
Similar to the health benefit of the green and red teas, recent studies have demonstrated that it could eliminate cancer cells. While some studies support possible preventative or curative properties of tea, other studies have found none. One should consult a doctor before using high concentrations of tea for disease prevention, as this can cause serious health problems.