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Lasting Energy. There is now evidence to support the sustained energy release claims of Guayusa. It has high levels of antioxidants, including catechins, which are reported to fight cancer and increase metabolism, and chlorogenic acids, which can aid in weight loss by slowing the uptake of glucose from the intestines.
Endurance. The chemical compounds and nutrients in Guayusa can affect your metabolism to make your body use carbohydrates more efficiently. This means you’ll get more energy from the food you eat. You’ll also burn more of the calories your body has stored in fat cells as fuel when you drink it regularly.
Regular Guayusa consumption can also help keep lactic acid from building up in your muscles so you can decrease post workout soreness and cut your recovery time.
Weight Control. Used as part of a lifestyle that includes a healthy diet and exercise, Guayusa has stimulant qualities that help you feel full sooner after you begin eating, and it slows your digestion so that your stomach stays full longer.
Combining Guayusa with a healthy diet and regular exercise can not only help boost your metabolism to burn more calories, it can also help you eat less by having the effect of reducing your appetite.
Cardiovascular Health. The antioxidants and amino acids present in Guayusa may help fat and cholesterol move through your bloodstream so that they don’t accumulate on artery walls.
Guayusa may also help prevent arteriosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) and blood clots that may cause heart attack or stroke.
The Sápara tribe traditionally use Guayusa to increase stamina on their hunting trips
In Peru the Shipibo medicine men prescribe a fairly strong, mainly guayusa based drink to people who are suffering from trauma, as a way for them to overcome their fear.
In the northern jungle of Ecuador, the Kichwa people, use the plant to stave off hunger, and can regularily be found to only take bundles of guayusa leaves as their sole food source.
Caffeine content in guayusa is a little less than in dark roast coffee, yet the synergy of these various compounds creates, an as yet not fully understood mechanism in which the body metabolizes the caffeine in guayusa over a longer period of time.
“For endurance athletes who’d like to have more of a sustained release if they’re doing something more than a quick run—this really helps for that,” says Chris Fields, vice president of scientific affairs at Applied Food Sciences, which is starting clinical trials to investigate guayusa.