Ilex guayusa is a species of tree of the holly genus, native to the Amazon Rainforest. One of three known caffeinated holly trees, the leaves of the guayusa tree are dried and brewed like a tea for their stimulative effects.
Leaves of Ilex guayusa are used to make an infusion, especially in Ecuador, Peru and Colombia. After harvest, leaves are dried, which allows flavor to develop. People have harvested this tree’s leaves since ancient times due to their perceived health benefits, including antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
Guayusa leaves contain various beneficial compounds linked to potential health benefits. This Amazonian plant is rich in antioxidants and caffeine.
Guayusa leaves contain caffeine (1.73–3.48 %), theobromine and other dimethylxanthines (among them paraxanthine and theophylline). Guayusa leaves also contain L-theanine, gallic acid, guanidine, isobutyric acid, nicotinic acid, ascorbic acid, riboflavin, choline, pyridoxine, triterpenes, chlorogenic acid and sugars among other compounds.
These substances reduce oxidative stress by combating free radicals, which are unstable molecules, in your body.
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