Guayusa (gwhy-you-sa) is a native Amazonian tree leaf that's been brewed like tea for thousands of years. With more caffeine and double the antioxidants of any tea, guayusa offers clear, focused energy. Mint Guayusa has the energizing power of guayusa with a crisp and rejuvenating organic peppermint flavor. Refreshing and stimulating! USDA-certified organic. 16 teabags per box.
A New Kind of Energy: Runa is proud to introduce you to GUAYUSA (gwhy-you-sa), a native Amazonian tree leaf that has been brewed like tea for thousands of years by indigenous communities. With more caffeine and double the antioxidants of any tea, guayusa offers clear, focused energy - what the native Kichwa people call "mental strength and courage."
Guayusa Flavor: Since guayusa is not related to traditional tea varieties made from the camellia sinensis plant, it has a distinct flavor that pleasantly surprises your tastes buds with the first sip. The most frequent comment is "Wow, the flavor is so smooth and clean," to which Runa responds, "Exactly, that is because guayusa does not contain the tannins that can give traditional teas a sharper astringency."
Texture: Silky, Smooth, Clean, Round
Aroma: Rich, Earthy
Notes: Molasses, Caramel, Chicory
Finish: Hint of Sweetness
Mint Guayusa has the energizing power of guayusa with a crisp and rejuvenating organic peppermint. Refreshing and stimulating!
Ingredients: Organic RUNA Guayusa, Organic Peppermint
16 teabags per box.
Curbing the Coffee Buzz with Guayusa
Tired of feeling agitated, crashing mid-afternoon, or having stomach irritation from too much coffee?
If you’re trying to reduce or eliminate coffee from your diet, guayusa could serve as a helpful tool to help you reach your goal. Try substituting a cup of guayusa for your afternoon cup of coffee, or start your day off with a strong guayusa brew and see the difference.
1. More balanced energy - no jitters or crash
With its unique blend of stimulating compounds and more caffeine than other teas, guayusa has what it takes to get you going. However, guayusa is rich in antioxidants and polyphenols that stabilize the release of caffeine in your blood stream.
2. No Stomach Discomfort
Guayusa is very smooth on the stomach and doesn’t cause any of the stomach discomfort sometimes associated with drinking coffee. Coffee can be very acidic and thus harsh on the lining of your stomach.
3. Good for your teeth
While coffee is known to be corrosive and discolouring to the teeth, many indigenous people actually use guayusa as a natural mouth wash.
A truly balanced stimulant, guayusa contains a diverse profile of both energizing and healthful compounds. This natural mix offers benefits for the whole body – an attentive mind, a peaceful body, and an awakened spirit. Benefits include:
Guayusa does contain caffeine – more than other teas but less than coffee. One cup of guayusa offers 90 mg of caffeine. Interestingly, guayusa also contains other stimulants in the same family as caffeine, known as methylxanthine alkaloids. Theophylline is a clarifying and uplifting compound also found in green tea. Theobromine is the stimulant found in dark chocolate that offers that pleasant whole body feeling many are familiar with. Theobromine is known to offer a settled and bodily energy. Guayusa’s unique mix of caffeine, theophylline, and theobromine is what gives the balanced energy effect without any jitters, crash, or jolted buzz.
Packed Full of Nutrients and Antioxidants:
Guayusa contains 50% more antioxidants than green tea and is full of polyphenols, flavonoids, and saponins. These compounds in guayusa offer a range of holistic health benefits from calming the nervous system to cardiovascular health.
Some of the many compounds found in guayusa are:
• Polyphenols: Recent studies in respected US labs have confirmed that 1 cup of guayusa has 30% more polyphenols than a cup of green tea. Scientific studies have confirmed polyphenols' anti-inflammatory and anti-tumor properties, as well as their ability to boost the immune system and promote a healthy heart
• Saponins: Studies have illustrated the beneficial effects on blood cholesterol levels, cancer, bone health, and stimulation of the immune system.
• Theanine: an amino acid compound that has been studied for its calming effects on the nervous system and for its ability to protect and restore the brain.
• All 15 Essential Amino Acids, including relatively high amounts of leucine – the most important amino acid for muscle protein synthesis and body builders.
• Important minerals include potassium, magnesium, calcium, zinc, chromium
• Key vitamins include Vitamins D and C
What are Antioxidants?
Antioxidants are substances that scavenge free radicals -- damaging compounds in the body that alter cells, tamper with DNA (genetic material), and even cause cell death. Free radicals occur naturally in the body, but environmental toxins (including ultraviolet rays from the sun, radiation, cigarette smoke, and air pollution) also give rise to these damaging particles. Many scientists believe that free radicals contribute to the aging process as well as the development of a number of health problems, including cancer and heart disease. Antioxidants such as polyphenols in guayusa can neutralize free radicals and may reduce or even help prevent some of the damage they cause.
Runa is proud of our partnership with the Pachamama Alliance. The Pachamama Alliance works with indigenous Achuar communities in the Amazon to bring forth an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling, socially just human presence on this planet.
The indigenous Kichwa people say guayusa is so enlivening that before it is offered to a visitor, she is warned that once she drinks it, she will ever after return to the Ecuadorian Jungle. The indigenous communities that have consumed guayusa in the Amazon for thousands of years cite many health benefits of their sacred tea. Many women say that it relieves many symptoms of menopause, and is helpful for the liver and stomach because it calms these organs. Farmers say that it helps sooth and reduce body aches and pains and offers balance and strength to pregnant women. On a spiritual level, the community Rukus (elders) also say that guayusa helps them remember their dreams, protects against insect and snake bites, and spiritually connects them to the forces of nature. The Rukus say that people who drink guayusa have “mental strength and courage,” and that guayusa helps them conquer their fears more easily.