Guayakí Yerba Mate - A Powerful Rainforest Experience
Buzz in the PressAs those of us who pay attention to our health and the quality of our food know by now, it’s always a good idea to eat organic. Needless to say, when I had the opportnity to try some new organic foods on the market, I jumped on it! Read on, and follow EDGE into the world of eating organic...
Guayaki Yerba Mate
Guayaki Yerba Mate, whose slogan is "Feel the Good Energy!" is dedicated to creating 100% organic, fairly-traded, rainforest-grown, and sutstainably harvested products. With their teas, and "new organic Yerba Mate Fusions", you know you’re always putting something nutritious into your body!
The teas, or "Yerba Mate Blends," come in many flavors, including Magical Mint Mate, Greener Green Tea, Chai Spice Mate, Orange Blossom Mate, Mate Chocolatte, and Red Tea Mate. Guayaki says that in creating their blends, they looked to herbalists "in Paraguay who use mate as a base for their herbal remedies." Yerba Mate is said to improve circulation and promote balance, thereby acting as a "catalyst" and "enhances the healing powers of other herbs."
Each box in which the teas are packaged uses 100% recycled paper, and is individually wrapped and sealed for freshness, which preserves the "vitality" of the herbs, and each tea bag "maximizes the brewing yield and is biodegrable." The teas taste like the flavor their box declares, and if you’re not a fan of the flavor, well, that’s what honey and lemon are for, right?
Perhaps even more exciting than these awesome teas are the Guayaki Yerba Mate Fusion drinks. You’ve got your pick of Pure Endurance, Pure Passion, and Pure Mind. Unlike other energy drinks on the market today that contain synthetic ingredients like "isolated vitamins, high fructose corn syrup, artificial colors and flavors, processed caffeine and other weird stuff derived in a lab," Guayaki offers a "whole plant-whole health" alternative. Each Pure Yerba Mate and herb infusion is blended with organic fruit juices and other organic ingredients. Pure Endurance boasts ingredients, in addition to Yerba Mate, such as Ginseng and electrolytes from Himalayan Crystal Salt. These are blended with tangerine juice and acerola juice. Endurance is definitely the natural alternative to today’s energy drinks!
Pure Passion claims to "awaken the heart’s fire and libido" due to infusions of Yerba Mate, Damiana, and Catuba, which are blended with "intense" passion fruit juice. Pure Mind is meant to "encourage clear brain function" with the likes of Yerba Mate, Gingko Biloba, and Tulsi. These ingredients are mixed with antioxidant-rich, super-nutritious pomegranate juice. Yummy!!
What I found to be the most important ingredient in these Guayaki teas and organic juices is the Yerba Mate. Something I found particularly interesting is that of all the most common beverage stimulants (coffee, tea, cola, cacao, etc.), Yerba Mate "is the only one balanced by powerful nutrition and a healthy blend of natural stimulants." Yerba Mate is also a good source of magnesium, which eases anxiety. Among the most frequent complaints of those who drink coffee and energy drinks are the jitters, headaches, and stomach uneasiness. Yet those who drink products with Yerba Mate do not experience any of these discomforts. Yerba Mate has been revered as "the healthiest source of energy on the planet" and as "the drink of the gods," and contains 196 active compounds that include 24 vitamins and minerals, 15 amino acids, 11 powerful antioxidants, and saponins, or phytochemicals that boost the immune system. Much of Guayaki’s proceeds go towards saving the rainforest.