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AMATEA™ Guayusa Extract

AMATEA Guayusa Extract Supplier

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AMATEA™ Guayusa Extract

Guayusa – Ilex guayusa – (pronounced “gwhy-you-sa”) is a caffeinated Amazonian super-leaf of the holly species that contains a unique blend of caffeine and polyphenol antioxidants providing a clean, balanced, energy. AMATEA™ guayusa extract is a highly water soluble ingredient for the application of balanced energy intended in beverages or nutritional supplements.  AMATEA™ has a unique fingerprint standardized at 20% caffeine, 30% chlorogenic acids and 5% catechins.  Because it is low in tannins, AMATEA™ is not bitter, dry, or chalky tasting like many other astringent tea extracts.  Instead AMATEA™ is naturally sweet to complement a variety of flavors.  AMATEA™ is also clear in solution, as well as non-GMO, GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe), and organically grown. 

BALANCED – Preliminary findings suggest AMATEA™ guayusa extract may help regulate a key part of the “flight or fight” hormones that are released when the body is under stress, called epinephrine. This bright and focused energy solution may be an attractive offering for today’s modern consumer who seeks mental alertness without the nervous physical effects of caffeine.

PATENTED – U.S. Patent #9345707 – As sole supplier of AMATEA™ guayusa extract, Applied Food Sciences is the exclusive inventor and owner of a process patent covering the production of enriched natural guayusa, from a single source plant, containing antioxidants, amino acids and caffeine. This novel process converts fresh guayusa leaves into a healthier energy ingredient standardized for caffeine and polyphenol antioxidants like chlorogenic acid and catechins.

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AMATEA™ Guayusa Extract
A Naturally Derived Ingredient for
Balanced Energy

Meaningful Growing

Social Responsibility

INDEPENDENT FARMING FAMILIES – AMATEA™ is exclusively produced by independent farming families, not industrial plantations. Their farms are not mono crop systems, instead farmers plant guayusa in similar growing techniques to agroforestry and permaculture in which crops are grown among trees and other vegetation utilizing patterns observed in nature. Growing in this method reduces the need to degrade or cut down the forest and creates a more diverse, productive, profitable, healthy, ecologically sound, and sustainable land-use system.

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A Novel Energy

COMPARING – Guayusa vs Yerba Mate – Traditionally, tribal societies, such as the Amazonia Kichwa, would brew guayusa leaves like tea and consume as such. However, guayusa is not related to camellia sinensis used to make green or black tea varieties.  Instead, guayusa is a cousin plant to yerba mate (Ilex paraguariensis), a fellow rainforest holly leaf that grows further south in the Atlantic Rainforest region, primarily in Argentina and Brazil. Guayusa is also uniquely different than traditional tea or yerba mate in that it tastes sweet, not bitter, and has a distinctively different polyphenolic antioxidant makeup.

Safety & Research

Applied Food Sciences controls every part of the ingredient sourcing from growing practices to manufacturing. Even though guayusa has been used traditionally for hundreds of years in its indigenous regions with positive outcomes an extensive safety review was completed. A comprehensive GRAS assessment was executed by AIBMR to carefully identify, evaluate and access the compounds naturally found within the plant and ensure no negative toxicological effects were demonstrated.

Flavor – Guayusa is technically very different than other teas in that it lacks heavy tannin or bitter fraction that would typically cause the astringent, dry-chalky, flavor profiles.