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Guayusa is a caffeine and antioxidant-rich leaf from Ecuador that is an excellent alternative to traditional sources of caffeine. Thanks to its unique combination of slow-release caffeine with relaxing compounds such as L-theanine, guayusa tea provides sustained energy, mental clarity, and a feeling of focus - without any of the jitters or crash feeling you can get from other caffeine sources. Guayusa tea also has more antioxidants than green tea, and is rich in vitamins, amino acids, and chlorogenic acids.
Having been drank daily by indigenous communities in Ecuador for centuries, guayusa is now breaking out of obscurity and being discovered as a new and delicious way to stay energised and focused.
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Technically, guayusa is an infusion rather than a tea, because it comes from a type of holly tree rather than from the plant from which green and black tea come (called the camellia sinensis plant). However, guayusa is brewed just like a tea, and so in the same way that you hear people talk about peppermint tea, you will often hear people talk about guayusa tea!
If you are using our tea pyramids product, simply pour boiling water over one pyramid in a cup, and let it infuse for 5-10 minutes, depending on how strong you want it. You can add milk or a sweetner if you like, but this is generally not needed.
To make an iced guayusa, simply brew as normal and then let it cool. The mint blend works very well for this. Then pour the cooled tea over ice - we recommend then adding a squeeze of lime juice and some honey to taste, and garnishing with some fresh mint!
A 3g serving of guayusa (which is what we recommend and is what is in our tea pyramids) would provide about 60-70mg of caffeine, depending on the infusion time and the temperature of the water it's infused in. Below you can see the caffeine ranges of other drinks:
Coffee: between 70 and 140mg per cup
Black tea: about 45mg per cup
Green tea: about 35mg per cup
Matcha tea: about 70mg per cup
Note that guayusa has a slower-release caffeine, which doesn't give you the same spike and crash as a coffee, but gives you a more gentle and longer lasting energy lift.
Guayusa has benefits for both mind and body:
It has more antioxidants than green tea, helping your body fight against oxidative stress
It contains all 15 essential amino acids, the building blocks of your body
It contains vitamins C & D, for improved immunity
It is rich in chlorogenic acids, which may bring about better glucose and insulin regulation, decreased blood pressure, and improved cardiovascular function
It is very easy on the stomach, thanks to its lack of acidity and lack of tannins
It is naturally smooth tasting and so is generally taken without sugar or milk, making it a lower calorie option
Guayusa is also a great source of natural energy. It has similar levels of caffeine to coffee, but it also has other compounds such as L-theanine and theobromine. This unique combination creates a feeling of mental clarity and focus, without any of the jitters or crash that you can get from other caffeine sources.
Antioxidants help protect us against oxidative stress, which happens when there is an excessive build up of free radicals in the body. This protective effect is essential to healthy aging and helps reduce the risks of various forms of illness.
Thankfully, guayusa is one of the most antioxidant-rich plants in the world.
L-theanine is a rare amino acid that protects and repairs the brain and promotes relaxation. When combined with caffeine, it counteracts the jitters and increased heart rate often associated with caffeine, so you can enjoy a smoother energy lift without a crash.
Theobromine is a stimulant very similar to caffeine. It is very said to be responsible for the pleasant feeling one gets from eating chocolate. In combination with caffeine, theobromine has been shown to boost mood, alertness, and concentration, which explains why guayusa gives a bright and focused energy.
The general advice is not to consume any caffeinated products if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, so we would not advise drinking guayusa if that is the case.
Guayusa is grown almost exclusively in the upper Amazon region of Ecuador, where the Andes Mountains meet the Amazon rainforest. This is known to be one of the most biodiverse regions in the world.
The Kichwa people, who are indigenous to this area, have been drinking guayusa tea daily for thousands of years, as a source of natural energy. The growing international demand for guayusa is now offering them a new source of income, as well as the ability to demonstrate the viability of a more natural form of agriculture - one that respects the beauty and biodiversity of the region, and which protects it against deforestation. This system of farming is known as a chacra system, and has been sustainably used by the Kichwa people for thousands of years as a way to meet their needs without causing deforestation or loss of biodiversity.
Each time you purchase a pouch of Nú Infusions, you are helping to support the development of this more natural and sustainable form of agriculture.
Yes, all three of our blends are certified organic by the Irish Organic Association.
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