What is White Tea? White tea undergoes the least amount of processing...usually none at all, in fact, beyond simple withering and sun drying. White tea is named due to the white hairs that are on the unopened buds. Antioxidants are nutrients that protect the body from damage by free radicals. Free radicals are nasty things that go around wreaking havoc on your body, damaging DNA and accelerating aging. Antioxidants scoop them up and neutralize them. White tea is loaded with these protective nutrients.