These lesser-known ingredients from around the world boost your energy so you can get your mid-day pick-me-up!
Native to Ecuador’s rainforests, guayusa is a caffeinated and antioxidant-rich tea that delivers an earthy favor. Amazonian people traditionally used guayusa to interpret dreams (really!) and provide clear energy for nighttime hunts; now, as consumers on other continents have discovered guayusa’s benefits, it serves as a much needed income source for South American producers.
Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners have used this ancient root for thousands of years. Modern research suggests Panax ginseng may improve symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease, hypertension, and stress, thanks to active compounds called ginsenosides. Find ginseng in natural energy beverages and tea blends.
A cousin to yerba maté, yaupon is the only plant native to North America that also contains caffeine. From Texas to Florida, yaupon grows wild throughout the southeastern United States. Early Native Americans dried its leaves for tea, but modern brands are just now tapping into this delicious resource, combining yaupon with dried fruits and herbs for a delicious sipper.
People in Argentina and Uruguay slurp caffeinated, vegetable, and grassy yerba maté throughout the day from traditional handheld gourds. Recent research published in the journal Nutrition found that yerba maté may alleviate some of obesity’s disease-causing effects, such as insulin resistance.
BY: JENNA BLUMENFELD
Article from January/February 2016 Living Healthy Everyday Magazine. Download your copy here.