Guaraná is an ancient drink made from the powdered seeds of Paullinia cupana. It supports healthy weight-management, energy, and cardiovascular function. Drinking guaraná reduces fatigue and hunger, increases metabolic rate, and prevents atherosclerosis. Its seeds contain up to five times more caffeine than coffee beans! Theobromine and theophylline team up with caffeine to provide a stronger, smoother, longer-lasting energy boost than caffeine alone provides.

The name ‘guaraná’ came from the Guaraní word ‘waraná’ meaning “fruit like the eyes of the people.”

Energy

Drinking guaraná temporarily reduces mental and physical fatigue. Caffeine, theobromine, and theophylline are xanthine alkaloids responsible for the way guaraná stimulates the central nervous system. Guaraná seeds have a 2-8% concentration of caffeine, compared to only 1-3% in coffee beans. That’s the highest caffeine concentration observed in nature! Theophylline is an even stronger stimulant than caffeine. Theobromine (“the food of the gods”) delivers a more relaxed, longer-lasting energy boost than caffeine, without the crash.

Cognition

Adenosine is a compound that relaxes the brain. When caffeine binds to adenosine receptors in the central nervous system, it prevents them from activating and delays fatigue. Drinking guaraná slightly increases mental response time without affecting accuracy, thanks to caffeine. Avoiding memory problems is another cognitive perk of drinking guaraná. The plant dilates blood vessels and reduces oxidation of low-density lipoproteins, preventing or improving hyperlipidemia, atherosclerosis, and related memory impairment. Finally, folk medicine and anecdotal evidence recommend guaraná as a remedy for migraines.

Weight Control

In the short term, caffeine increases metabolic rate and fat-burning. It also curbs appetite and prevents weight gain and insulin resistance. Guaraná’s caffeine content explains its efficacy in healthy weight-management. Also, guaraná appears to prevent metabolic disorders. Researchers observed smaller waist circumference and reduced hunger in people who drink guaraná often.

Guaraná powder is not only made into drinks, but also baked into bread.

Cardiovascular

Guaraná is a cardiotonic, meaning it’s safe to drink often to support heart health. Drinking guaraná reduces the likelihood of developing atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis is the buildup of cholesterol plaque in the artery walls which obstructs blood flow. Guaraná supplies antioxidants and improves lipid metabolism by lowering oxidation of low-density lipoproteins. Oxidation of LDLs is an important event leading to atherosclerosis. Theobromine lowers blood pressure and improves circulation. Theophylline stimulates the heart muscle and improves circulation.

Guaraná’s antioxidants promote longevity.

Cancer

High levels of free radicals cause oxidative stress, which leads to cancers. Antioxidants neutralize free radicals. Guarana is rich in antioxidants, to a similar degree as green tea. It also helps reduce fatigue in people undergoing cancer treatments like chemotherapy.

History

Guaraná is a woody vine native to the Amazon. Its clusters of reddish-orange fruit contain black seeds with thick, white arils. Indigenous Brazilian tribes like the Sateré Mawé and the Guaraní say when the fruit splits it resembles an eyeball. In their mythology, a murdered child was buried, and the first guarana plant grew from the child’s eyeball. The plant itself then gave birth to a child from whom all Mawé are descended. The Sateré Mawé tribe domesticated guaraná and cultivate it in their ancestral forests today as they have for millennia. They call guaraná “the beginning of all knowledge” and value it not only for energy, but also for treating migraines, atherosclerosis, and dysentery. To process guarana, people roast and pulverize the seeds. Traditionally, they mix the powder with cassava (Manihot esculenta) to make the drink çapó. Mawé hunters drink çapó for energy before embarking on a hunt. It’s also ceremonial. During the twenty-day festival, Festa de Tocandira, the whole tribe drinks çapó, dances, and tells stories. The festival culminates in an initiation ritual for Mawé boys, who prove their bravery by donning gloves filled with biting ants.

NutraTrim

NutraTea herbalists crafted NutraTrim, a blend of guaraná and other herbs that support healthy weight, stimulate metabolism, remove toxins, and control blood sugar and cravings. NutraTrim contains guaraná, green tea, fennel, nettle, ginger, cinnamon, cayenne pepper, senna, dandelion root, burdock root, garcinia cambogia, juniper berry, hibiscus, couch grass, black pepper, and kelp. Begin your relationship with guaraná, an ancient source of energy and metabolic balance.

After a meal in Asia, Africa, Australia, or the Caribbean, someone might offer you a comforting, aromatic mug of lemongrass tea. Lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus) soothes frayed nerves, calms an upset stomach, lowers high fevers, reduces pain, and supports collagen production. It is highly anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. Consumed regularly, lemongrass tea helps prevent chronic diseases like cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. Also called citronella, its citrusy essential oils are anti-microbial, anti-fungal, anti-viral, and repel bugs.

Constituents

Lemongrass contains:

Citral

Citral is one of the primary mechanisms of lemongrass’s healing powers. It’s a pale-yellow, liquid terpene with a strong, lemony scent. Citral is antimicrobial, anti-fungal, anti-viral, anticancer, and insecticidal. It helps the body synthesize Vitamin A, which is essential for healthy vision, immunity, reproduction, growth, development, and organ function.

Lemongrass tea

Calming

The aroma of lemongrass reduces anxiety. The tea can also promote sleep in cases of insomnia by relaxing tense muscles and nerves.

Digestion

Lemongrass is a traditional cure for stomachache, thanks to the actions of citral, borneol, geraniol, and saponins. Citral reduces intestinal spasms and vomiting by neutralizing bacterial infections in the digestive tract. Borneol stimulates digestion and exerts a calming, anti-spasmodic effect. Geraniol is antiseptic. Saponins are antimicrobial and antifungal.

Furthermore, lemongrass is diuretic, increasing urination volume and frequency and supporting the body’s natural detoxification channels. For this reason, it supports lymphatic drainage and treats edema (excess fluid retention in tissues). This all explains why lemongrass tea is often served after a meal.

Fever

Caribbean healers call lemongrass “fever grass.” They administer tea from the perennial grass species to reduce a high fever. The tea induces sweating, which helps the body release impurities and regulate its temperature.

Cancer and Heart Disease

A powerful free radical scavenger, lemongrass lowers inflammation and oxidative stress associated with cancer and heart disease. Pure citral show antitumor potential, particularly by reducing viability of breast cancer cells. Quercetin is a flavonoid in lemongrass with anti-inflammatory properties that inhibit cancer cell growth and prevent heart disease. Clinical trials support using lemongrass to lower elevated cholesterol. It reduces blood platelet aggregation. Lemongrass has secondary metabolites like quercetin that it uses to defend itself from inflammation and oxidative stress. You harness these by drinking the tea. They include the phenolic compounds luteolin, glycosides, kaempferol, elimicin, catecol, chlorogenic acid, and caffeic acid.

Collagen

Silica helps form the building blocks of collagen, a protein found in the skin, muscles, ligaments, cartilage, and blood. Collagen supports healthy wound healing with minimal scarring and protects joint health. Lemongrass thrives in silica-rich soils. The plant pulls the mineral in and metabolizes silica into a form that humans can process.

Antimicrobial, Antifungal, Anti-biofilm, Anti-viral

Topically, lemongrass essential oil is antibacterial, antifungal, antimicrobial, and anti-biofilm. Thanks to these qualities, it effectively treats infections caused by disharmonious bacteria like Escherichia coli (E. Coli), Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori. The tea successfully treats stubborn Candida Albincans (yeast) infections, including oral thrush. In vitro (outside a living organism) when multiple pathogens form polymicrobial biofilms, lemongrass essential oil disrupts the biofilm matrix and treats the infection more effectively than conventional antibiotics. Also in vitro, lemongrass essential oil inhibits replication of herpes simplex virus type-1 (HSV-1). Some people use the tea to treat fungal acne, and its astringent properties also promote firm skin.

Insecticidal

Bugs flee the scene when they smell lemongrass, which is why lemongrass essential oil makes a great natural insect repellant.

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Applied topically as a compress, lemongrass tea reduces joint and nerve pain from rheumatoid arthritis, thanks to the anti-inflammatory effects of citral and borneol.

Contraindications

Avoid large doses of lemongrass tea when pregnant, as it can stimulate uterine contractions.

NutraTea Lemongrass Ginger Tea

NutraTea herbalists crafted our Lemongrass Ginger tea to lower inflammation and oxidative stress, helping prevent cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. Half lemongrass leaves and half ginger root, this tea blend promotes healthy digestion and strengthens immunity. Relax with a cup after a meal. Breathe in lemongrass’s calming citrus scent and enjoy smooth digestion.

 

Pigment is Bilberry’s Power

Bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus) is the wild, European relative of the blueberry (Vaccinium sect. cyanococcus). It’s a darker blue than blueberry, its inner flesh is red, not green, and it has a stronger, more acidic taste. Bilberry’s intense coloration is due to its extremely high anthocyanin content, the highest of any berry; Bilberry has 300-700 mg of anthocyanin per 100 g of berries, compared to blueberry’s 82.4 mg per 100 g. Anthocyanins improve blood circulation around the eye, scavenge free radicals, and lower inflammation. Thanks to its abundant anthocyanins and vitamin C, bilberry protects vision and can help treat retinopathy, macular degeneration, cataracts, normal tension glaucoma, chronic dry eye, screen-related eye fatigue, and diabetic eye diseases.

Anthocyanins

Improve Circulation

Anthocyanins are plant pigment compounds that build healthy blood vessels and improve blood circulation throughout the body.

From the Greek anthos for flower and kyanose for blue, anthocyanins can appear red, purple, blue, or black. They have an affinity for eye and vascular tissue, and effectively protect the retina and improve the flow of oxygen-rich blood around the eye. Bilberries can prevent and improve visual function in people with normal tension glaucoma (NTG). NTG is characterized by damage to the optic nerve and visual field despite normal intraocular pressure. No one is positive what causes NTG, but many ophthalmologists theorize that damage to blood vessels leading to poor circulation is a major cause.

Bilberry

Absorb Free Radicals

Bilberries contain two antioxidants: anthocyanins and vitamin C. Antioxidants scavenge free radicals. Cataracts and macular degeneration have been traced to damage from free radicals. So, it makes sense that bilberries prevent and reverse cataracts and macular degeneration. In a study on office workers with eye fatigue from prolonged staring at computer screens, symptoms like ocular pain, eye heaviness, discomfort, and foreign body sensation were alleviated by long-term bilberry supplementation. Bilberry relieves chronic dry eye by improving the aqueous layer of the tear film and increasing tear secretion. Furthermore, by increasing production of rhodopsin, a pigment that improves night vision, anthocyanins help the eye adapt to changes in light.

 

Benefits for People with Diabetes

Having high blood glucose levels that induce oxidative stress and inflammation is the leading cause of diabetes. Diabetes is associated with a group of eye diseases, including diabetic retinopathy, diabetic macular edema, cataracts, and glaucoma. Bilberries are anti-hyperglycemic, lowering blood glucose levels. They also exhibit antioxidant, anti-inflammatory activity. Thanks to these properties, bilberry can help prevent and treat diabetes-related eye diseases.

 

NutraVision Tea Blend 

Herbalists at NutraTea created NutraVision: a blend of bilberries with eyebright (Euphrasia officinalis) and green tea (Camellia sinensis). These three herbs work together to support healthy vision. Eyebright is a traditional anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial remedy for eye infections. Green tea has powerful antioxidant activity. This blend helps sustain optimal sight and facilitates the circulation of oxygen and blood around the eyes while easing irritation and strain from fatigue. Bilberry is a powerful ally in protecting your vision, and anthocyanins are their secret weapon. Enjoy a daily cup and give your eyes some love. NutraTea teabags are of such high-quality that each bag can be reused up to three times daily.

NutraVision tea blend

The Eternal Life of Pine Needles

Pine needles are the fragrant leaves of pine trees (Pinus spp.). Pine defies the harsh and barren winter months by retaining its green leaves year-round. The evergreen needles make a life-protecting tea traditionally relied upon throughout the northern hemisphere. Regularly drinking pine needle tea supports the immune system, prevents and shortens colds, lowers high blood pressure, and slows the aging process. The tea’s taste is light and pleasantly piney. Pine symbolizes eternal life in many cultures for good reason…

Pine needles contain:

  • A wealth of vitamin C and smaller amounts of vitamins A, D, E, and K.
  • Antioxidants
  • Pinene
  • Pine branch

    A cluster of pine needles is called a fascicle. There are many fascicles on this branch.

    Arginine, and other amino acids.

Perfect Cold Remedy

Pine needles contain five times more vitamin C than lemons! No wonder the tea was vital to surviving the winter, when most plants are dormant. Vitamin C helps the body ward off illness and fight infection. Pine needle tea is an expectorant, helping you cough up phlegm and mucus and relieve chest congestion. Pinene, the terpene responsible for pine’s relaxing fragrance, supports respiratory health by widening the bronchi and relaxing the muscles in the lungs. Furthermore, pinene eases pain and is antiviral and antibacterial. This explains how the tea eases coughing and soothes a sore throat.

Supports Longevity

Chronic inflammation accelerates aging. The vitamin C and pinene in pine needles slows aging by fighting inflammation. High levels of antioxidants in pine needles absorb and neutralize cell-damaging free radicals. Vitamins A, D, E, and K support healthy eye, skin, and bone health. It may also support a healthy metabolism, preventing obesity. Pine needle tea protects the brain; thanks to its bountiful vitamin C, it supports production of the neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine and wards off Alzheimer’s disease. Mental health is key to aging with grace and strength, like the pine species which can grow tall for hundreds and even thousands of years. Pine retains its green year-round, and those who imbibe its essence in tea will also share in its vibrant longevity.

Vasodilator

Pine needles contain arginine, an amino acid that helps the body build protein. It is a vasodilator, meaning it dilates constricted blood vessels. This property makes it useful in treating heart disease, as it lowers blood pressure and increases blood flow to the heart muscle. It also remedies erectile dysfunction by improving blood circulation.

Diuretic

The lymphatic system transports destroyed bacteria and waste into the blood stream, where they are removed by the liver and kidneys. The dead bacteria and waste products are then flushed from the body via urination and defecation. Pine needles are diuretic, meaning they increase urination. This supports the body’s natural detoxification processes. It also helps eliminate excess fluid, which can be helpful in cases of heart disease and kidney failure.

Pine forests are troves of biodiversity.

 

A story about pine

French explorer Jacque Cartier’s crew was dying of scurvy, caused by vitamin C deficiency, when they reached Canada in the winter of 1536. The native Iroquois tribe understood their condition and saved the crews’ lives with infusions of pine needles and bark. The vitamin C and arginine in pine rapidly reversed the ravages of scurvy. The crew thereafter referred to the pine as the tree of life. The conifer was brought back to France, where recognition of the tree’s medicinal value contributed to the resurrection of botany in Europe’s Age of Reason.

 

Pine Needle and Rose Hip Tea

NutraTea herbalists blended rose hips with pine needles to create a tea that supports the immune system and supplies plenty of vitamin C through the changing seasons. The pine tree’s antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antibacterial, painkilling, neuroprotective, vasodilating properties are yours when you regularly drink pine needle infusions. Take a deep breath and smell the pine forest as you enjoy your own cup of the tree of life.