Guayusa (pronounced Gwhy-you-suh) is a tree leaf that grows mainly in the Ecuadorian rainforest of South America. The leaves of the tree are used to make a natural caffeinated herbal tea that has been consumed for thousands of years in the Amazon, but is relatively new here in North America.
Guayusa is very similar to Yerba Mate, which are both from South America, and are both a natural source of energy, but the taste of Guayusa is not as strong and bitter as the taste of Yerba Mate. Guayusa contains about 90mg of caffeine per cup, which is similar to coffee, but will not give a caffeine crash like most caffeinated drinks do. This herbal tea provides focused energy and alertness, improve mental clarity, and is also a mood enhancer.
Guayusa is considered to be one of the best sources of antioxidants available, ranging in second place after raw cacao. Some studies have found that Guayusa tea contains about 50% more antioxidants than green tea, which help to combat against free radicals that cause damage in the body. This herbal tea is also known to reduce inflammation in the body, balance blood sugar and pH levels, support weight loss, helps digestion, and contribute to cardiovascular health.
Guayusa is lightly sweet, smooth, delicate, and never gets bitter, even if you over brew it. It has a beautiful green color and is good with a little honey. Guayusa is a sustainable tea that is cultivated by local families. The cultivation helps to preserve the Amazonian rainforest and helps local economy. It’s best to keep your tea sealed, in a cool and dry place, away from sunlight.
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