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™ organic guayusa extract has a unique fingerprint standardized at 20% caffeine, 30% chlorogenic acids, and 5% catechins. Because it is low in tannins, AMATEA™ is not bitter or dry, like many other astringent tea extracts. Instead, AMATEA™ is naturally sweet to complement a variety of flavors.
U.S. Patent #9345707 – As the 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.
*Applied Food Sciences, Inc. does not sell products direct to consumers. This product is not to be consumed in this format but is intended for further processing or manufacturing.
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.
COMPARING – Guayusa vs Yerba Mate – Guayusa is not related to tea leaves (camellia sinensis) used to make green or black tea. Instead, guayusa is a holly leaf species that is a cousin plant to yerba mate (Ilex paraguariensis). However, guayusa is also uniquely different than yerba mate in that it tastes sweet, not bitter, and has a distinctively different polyphenolic antioxidant makeup.
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.
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.