Ecuador’s Guayusa ‘super tea’ gains popularity

It’s been called “super tea” or “super leaf” and health food stores and specialty coffee shops in North America and Europe can’t get enough of it. Guayusa, as it is commonly known, is made from the ilex guayusa leaf. According to some scientific reports and its enthusiasts, who call it the “healthiest tea in the world,” it contains 50% more anti-oxidants than green tea, almost as much caffeine as coffee, as well as vitamins and minerals not found in other teas. Despite its recent popularity, there’s nothing new about guayusa. It has been used by the indigenous people of Ecuador’s…

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