Some of the health benefits of drinking white tea include fighting cancer, boosting the immune system and preventing the formation of plaque on the teeth, which fights tooth decay, according to About.com. However, white tea is generally more expensive than other varieties of tea.
All tea comes from the same plants, but white tea comes from tea leaves that are immature, explains About.com. These tea leaves do not go through the same processing as other tea leaves, which means that they remain in a more natural state. Instead of drying the leaves, as with black or green tea, white tea only goes through a limited steaming process. This allows white tea to retain more polyphenols, which are antioxidants that fight and kill cells that cause cancer.
There are also studies that show that white tea helps give the immune system a boost, which helps fight bacteria and viruses that may cause infection, according to About.com. One particular study shows that white tea contains a lot of fluoride, which helps prevent tooth decay.
White tea has a silky, sweet flavor, and it does not have a grassy aftertaste like green tea often does, as About.com explains. As of 2015, high-quality white tea costs around $25 for about 2 ounces of leaves, which brews between 40 and 50 cups.