Guayusa Herbal Tisane

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Guayusa tea is a caffeinated herbal beverage commonly consumed in South America, particularly in Ecuador. The herbal infusion is made from the leaf of a holly tree (Ilex guayusa) that is native to the Amazon rainforest.

In Ecuador, locals have long sipped guayusa in order to increase their alertness, especially while working. In fact, certain native tribes refer to guayusa as “the night watchman,” since the drink is sometimes used to help people stay awake through the night.

Often marketed as an alternative to coffee and energy drinks, caffeine-rich guayusa is said to provide a healthier energy lift.

Some believe that guayusa also provides other benefits. It is touted as a top source of antioxidants, vitamins, and amino acids.

In addition, it contains such chemicals as theobromine (a substance also found in cocoa and thought to offer mood-enhancing effects).

Guayusa is naturally smooth and never bitter, with a rich and earthy aroma and slightly sweet finish. Try it with some mint or ginger to really enhance the flavour.

Health Benefits

Some proponents suggest that sipping guayusa on a regular basis can reduce your risk for diabetes and heart disease. It’s also suggested that drinking guayusa can help promote weight loss. It is worth noting that most evidence is anecdotal.

Alertness

Guayusa is naturally caffeinated and has an energizing effect similar to coffee, tea and yerba mate. Unlike coffee or other energy drinks, guayusa provides balanced energy without the jitters or the sudden crash commonly associated with caffeinated drinks. Its catechins provide a slow release of caffeine for awake and sustainable energy. This gentler and more sustainable caffeine release is said to create mental strength and focus rather than a caffeine buzz. It is a distant cousin of yerba mate, but without the strong bitter flavor.


Diabetes

The limited research on guayusa and its potential health benefits for diabetes include a study that looked at a component of guayusa called urolic acid, which activates the TGR56 receptor that is involves with reducing blood glucose levels, regulating energy expenditure and insulin sensitivity.


Antioxidant

Several studies have confirmed the antioxidant properties of the guayusa plant. Antioxidants are compounds that help prevent cell damage from oxidation in the body.

Researchers speculate that these compounds may provide some level of protection against cancer, diabetes, obesity, heart disease, bacterial infection, and other illnesses, but more rigorous studies are needed to confirm.


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