Guayusa (gwhy-you-sa) is a super leaf that is native to the Amazon Rainforest and for 1000’s of years has been a revered ingredient of tribal tradition. The leaves are brewed like a drink that most of us would call tea, but it’s technically from a different plant species and is not related to green or black teas. Guayusa has seen a rapid increase in popularity worldwide and there are many reasons why, mainly due to its unique chemical makeup. 

When the leaves are brewed, Guayusa has as much caffeine as a cup of coffee and is packed with polyphenol antioxidants and many other naturally occurring compounds such as L-theanine, theobromine, flavonoids and more. All of which are scientifically linked to a range of potential health benefits such as increased mental alertness & cognitive performance.

Indigenous Amazonian tribes have nicknamed Guayusa, the “night watchman” because it gives the tribes hunter’s energy and increases their awareness at night so they can stay alert while hunting. Traditionally, indigenous tribes would wake up early in the morning before dawn and gather around a communal fire drinking hot, freshly brewed Guayusa. During the morning ritual they share their dreams, legends & stories. Drinking Guayusa is ingrained as part of their cultural identity and is now being shared and enjoyed by millions of people all around the world. 

What is really awesome, is that Guayusa is exclusively grown by independent farming families and NOT industrial plantations. Farmers grow Guayusa in an ancient system of forest gardens they call “chakras” that reduce the need to cut down the rainforest and instead promotes reforestation which is widely regarded as one of the most sustainable production methods. 

Guayusa has long been a revered ingredient for indigenous Amazonian tribes. And thanks to its unique chemical makeup, Guayusa is becoming a go to alternative for coffee, teas and traditional energy drinks. When you drink Guayusa you not only get its benefits, but you are both helping to preserve the rainforest and support independent farming families. 

So, what are your thoughts on Guayusa? Sounds pretty incredible right? You can check out the National Geographic video below if you want to see more about the leaf’s story and how it’s produced. For your daily energy boost check out our Phoric, Guayusa based, natural energy drinks and give it a try.


 

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