Guayusa is a holly genus that grows in the Ecuadorian Amazon. This plant is very popular because it serves as a stimulant, thanks to its caffeine content.
Its difference from coffee is that it does not cause the unwanted effects often produced by products containing caffeine; they also provide multiple vitamins and minerals, not to mention their antioxidant effect on the body.
Additionally, guayusa releases caffeine gradually throughout the day, and not suddenly at a certain time, so you will have energy throughout the day.
This herb has a long tradition in indigenous Ecuadorian families.
It is said that the youngest natives get up at three in the morning to have an infusion of this plant with the older ones, and during this time the older people teach them the values of life, survival and its true meaning.
Guayusa has been present in Ecuadorian culture for around 2000 years and must be cultivated by humans as it does not grow in the wild.
Here you can learn a bit more about guayusa, its properties, benefits and some recipes on how to use this fantastic plant for health.
Properties of Guayusa
Guayusa is known for its energizing properties, but here are some of the other components and benefits that guayusa offers your body:
Guayusa is a powerful antioxidant, which is without a doubt a great advantage as it has a great capacity to absorb free radicals.
As we mentioned earlier, guayusa contains many vitamins and minerals. It contains magnesium, calcium, potassium, zinc and such important vitamins as C and D; it also contains chlorogenic acids, which are excellent for improving cardiovascular health and contains essential amino acids for the body.
It contains stimulants such as the alkaloid methylxanthine, which is a theophylline that can be found in theobromine and green tea, and it is also present in other foods like dark chocolate.
It’s a great stimulus. Many Indian warriors in the Ecuadorian Amazon used the guayusa to activate the spirit, in addition to enhancing the hunt and their survival instincts to gather what was needed.
Benefits of Guayusa
Now that we know more about the excellent components of guayusa, let’s see what benefits it has for the body:
Guayusa is great for giving you energy throughout the day without causing the side effects of caffeine.
It also contains many antioxidants that fight free radicals, prevent premature aging, can help with cardiovascular health, regulate weight and hypertension, and also keep blood circulation working.
Uses of Guayusa
Here is a totally natural recipe with which you can help your body receive more energy and treat the aforementioned conditions:
To make a guayusa infusion, bring water to a boil and add a few guayusa leaves and let them sit for about 6 minutes so that the flavor is more concentrated.
Remember to consult your doctor before starting any treatment with herbal remedies.