Guayusa: A Healthy Energy Source

October 18, 2021

Wouldn’t it be nice to get your daily caffeine with a side of rich nutrients and antioxidants? We think so too! And that’s why when our founder, Lisa Reed, tried Guayusa for the first time, she was so excited. Guayusa is a tree leaf that boasts superior health benefits and natural caffeine to make a positive difference in your body. 

Lisa discovered the unique power of Guayusa after her son brought home the leaves in a crumpled paper bag from a service trip in Ecuador. Used for thousands of years in the Amazon region, Guayusa leaves were often steeped for an energizing treat in the afternoon. Lisa began mixing the guayusa with her organic, cold-pressed juices and after a while, decided that the rich components of Guayusa needed to be shared! 


Learn more about Guayusa and its amazing benefits below:


Guayusa leaves contain a compound called Theobromine. This powerful compound, combined with its natural caffeine, has been shown to  boost mood, alertness, and concentration. On top of that, Guayusa is rich in a group of polyphenol antioxidants known as catechins. These antioxidants fight off free radicals in the body and  protect against inflammation, heart disease, cancer, and type 2 diabetes.

What separates Guayusa from other caffeine sources is that its catechins allow the caffeine to be released slowly, creating a more sustained energy. A clinical study found that subjects who used Guayusa extract had a significantly lower increase in epinephrine as opposed to those who used coffee and other caffeine sources. Epinephrine is the chemical that provokes adrenaline stimulation. Lower epinephrine means that caffeine from Guayusa produces a much lower risk of adrenaline-related side effects such as jitters, anxiousness, and crashes. This natural, slow-releasing caffeine creates a  greater mental focus and strength, rather than a caffeine buzz. Guayusa also contains a high amount of amino acids, even more so than your typical green tea. 

Guayusa is the energizing and nutrient-packed ingredient that we all could use a little more of in our lives. See the benefits for yourself by grabbing a Garden of Flavor  Energy Elixirs!