Guayusa is the traditional drink of Ecuador‘s indigenous people, the Quechua. The dried leaves of the Guayusa tree, which grows in the Amazon jungle, are freshly brewed every day for tea. The stimulating, beneficial and sharpening infusion has become the national drink and indispensable for the Ecuadorians. In their millennia-old tradition the Quechua see Guayusa as their sacred tree, a gift from the gods to their ancestors. The Quechua reassure: "Guayusa gives mental strength".
The Guayusa Company has set itself the goal of sharing this special drink with the world in its best form. Our partner in Ecuador, South American Organics, has developed a process for treating the Guayusa tea in a 100 % natural way so that its properties, taste, color and purity are retained. This way we guarantee our premium quality. We support the Ecuadorian smallholder families and our producer personally monitors and selects every harvest on site. It is always ensured that the trees are cultivated exclusively on new land and that they do not grow in industrialized monocultures. Our Guayusa tea is a special experience all round.
The Guayusa leaves contain between 1.9% and 3.28% caffeine. This corresponds to the caffeine level in coffee and many times more than in green tea, black tea or mate.
Guayusa contains a total of 17 amino acids scientifically proven, which are essential for the body. For example Phenylalalin, which stimulates the dopamine and norepinephrine production.
The amino acid L-theanine in Guayusa balances the aggressive caffeine and generates a continuously increasing energy. It ensures a relaxed state due to the increased excitation of alpha waves in the brain. Guayusa is known for calming body and mind and sharpening alertness and focus.
A Spanish study determined an ORAC value of over 127,000 μmol TE / 100g in Guayusa, which corresponds to twice as much as the amount contained in green tea. Guayusa can strengthen the immune system through these antioxidants.
Theobromine works similarly to caffeine, but more gently. This active ingredient does not act as sudden as caffeine. The effect is slower and milder.
The ingredient theophylline is a methylxanthine from the group of anti-asthmatics. It is known for its action against bronchial asthma and has other positive properties on the cardiovascular system.
The contained vitamins and the minerals potassium, zinc, calcium, magnesium and chromium have a basic effect on the body.
In our blog you will find more information about Guayusa’s properties and their effects. We're working on it!
1-2 teaspoons for a 200 ml teapot
80 - 90 °C hot water
Let infuse for 5 to 7 minutes
Sit back and enjoy
Enjoy ice cold in the summer!
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