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Guayusa Tea - Benefits and Overview

Updated on March 10, 2013

An Overview of Guayusa as a Coffee Alternative

Guayusa Tea (pronounced why-you-see) is slowly mounting its attack on the coffee drinking world. While there is little doubt that coffee will continue to dominate the world landscape, especially in much of the Western wold, Guayusa is providing another tasty choice. While not actually in the tea family, the plants leaves are dried and infused in water just as you would make a tea. A caffeine and antioxidant rich alternative may help you reduce those coffee jitters, give you a pleasant change in the morning, and also provide health benefits. Around the world, in hidden and obvious places alike, people have been making drinks (different tea-like brews and the like) that are used to face the work day, whether that be hunting, fishing, or shuffling paper. Take a look at Guayusa, order yourself some tea and see if you are more alert and productive.

Guayusa from the Amazon Jungle

The Amazon rain forest is a botanical dream. The plant life is so diverse that you could spend your life walking though the jungle, classifying everything along way and still have a million more lifetimes to go before even scratching the surface. The beautiful thing is that there are people already living there, generations upon generations. They have used lifetimes to find and research plants (though the research is more of a practical nature at times, such as "eat this and get sick, don't eat it again") The communities already have been using herbal plants to enhance and improve health and well being. Guayusa is one such plant.

The natives here use of and speak of this herb reverently. The hunters would use it before going out to increase awareness and alertness. Also it was consumed to have and interpret dreams. The people who consumed this beverage were said to increase mental strength and courage. Some legends here say that once you have Guayusa you will always want to return to the rainforest to have more. You have been warned!

Guayusa Benefits - ... better than coffee?

The first thing you will notice after drinking a wonderful cup of Guayusa tea is that there is definitely caffeine. Not Red Bull and Monster Energy levels of caffeine, but more than enough to give a jump start on the day. An 8 oz serving of tea from runa provides 90 mgs of caffeine which compares to 120mgs per cup of coffee (8oz serving here folks). This can prove to be the sweet spot for those looking to cut back on caffeine or avoid those jitters.

The beautiful thing is that along with a proportionally moderate serving of caffeine you also consume more antioxidants per cup than you would get from the same size cup of green tea.

So Guayusa provides energy and disease fighting compounds all while tasting delicious.

I sometimes, and only sometimes, like to add a bit of Stevia extract to the finished tea, not too much as the flavor is already very good with a hint of sweet. I would hold off on sugar over more holistic alternatives like honey.

Runa Tea and Guayusa - Save Yourself Money and Support Sustainability

We are open to so many options these days that lesser known products, like Guayusa tea, offer a breath of fresh air because our options are limited and therefore the choice is easier. There are a few different ways to get Guayusa and I would recommend either supporting a local whole foods market (not the brand necessarily but any local market) and buying a box of tea directly from them or ordering here through Amazon. You should purchase it from runa, located at www.runa.org. They purchase with sustainability, organic practices, and local community development in the Amazon. Buying ethical goods is crucial to sustaining the world and its growing population

There box alone tells you: Runa began when three students teamed up with communities of indigenous farmers to share the guayusa ritual with the world.... Collectively we are creating an organization that promotes cultural traditions, supports small farmers, and helps the Amazon rainforest thrive.

A 5 Hour Energy shot or a Cup of coffee from Starbucks is much more expensive than a cup of Guayusa. You can get 16 individually wrapped tea bags for around $7..... 16 bags, 16 cups, 16 servings, for the price of one huge latte. Try some today!

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Please share your guayusa experience and let us know if you would choose this herbal tea over coffee.

Do you drink Guayusa?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Is not why you see it's pronounce Gua you sah

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      It's pronounced: why-you-sah.

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      xavierstcyr 5 years ago

      I diet this plant when I was in the Amazon during the summer 2012, the taste is delicious compare to many other plant that I took.

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      modernchakra 5 years ago

      @anonymous: I have noticed the same thing. The caffeine from Guayusa does not hit me the same way as coffee.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I drink it every morning! I work in a grocery store and when there are people getting sick around me, i double up on the strength, it never makes me jittery nor do i get a crash later in the day, and I am pretty sensitive to caffeine

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      lesliesinclair 5 years ago

      I was attracted to your first sections, but the tea lost me when I read that it contains caffein. I'll have to pass on it, but thank you for informing me about it.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I drink guayusa! It gives me a very nice energy that isn't irritating, and I love the smooth flavor. Runa is a cool company too from what I know, helping the indigenous farmers in Ecuador.