Health benefits of caffeinated beverages from the genus Ilex, including Yaupon.
Yaupon is known to be rich in a wide variety of bioactive compounds, mainly polyphenols and alkaloids, which play an essential role in their health benefits.
Yaupon's Health Promoting Compounds:
- Quercetin-rutinoside (Saponin) - anti-viral, anti-diabetic, anti-inflammatory
- Kaempferol 3-rhamnoside - antioxidant, cardiovascular support, anti-cancer, anti-microbial, neuro-protective
- Kaempferol 3-rutinoside - antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, anti-allergic
- Isorhamnetin - antioxidant flavanol
- Cytotoxin - potent antioxidant activity
- Chlorogenic Acid - antioxidant, slows release of glucose in bloodstream
- Caffeine, theobromine, theophylline and theacrine offer focus, energy and stamina
- In vitro studies suggest polyphenolic and flavanol compounds extracted from Yaupon leaves have a chemo preventative effect
Polyphenols in Yaupon
Polyphenols are micronutrients that we get through certain plant-based foods. They’re packed with antioxidants, and potential health benefits. Polyphenols can improve or help treat digestive issues, weight management, diabetes, neurodegenerative disease and cardiovascular disease.
Alkaloids in Yaupon
The magic is in how all these compounds “stack together,” making Yaupon the ideal beverage to accompany both mental and physical exercise.
- Caffeine: This is an alkaloid in Yaupon, representing 1% to 3% of the dry leaf. The caffeine found in tea and coffee is the same molecule, the only difference being that it is proportionately more present in coffee. The caffeine content in the Wild Yaupon leaf is relatively low, however, our research farm has increased caffeine levels in our fields of organic Yaupon. The season of the harvest and climatic variations influence caffeine levels too. Caffeine is a strong stimulant to the nervous system. It is the only alkaloid to cross the brain-blood barrier. Yaupon is special in how it delivers its energy thru its unique caffeine pathway.
- Theobromine: Stimulates the soft muscle tissues in the body, thus smoothing out the caffeine effect.
- Theophylline: Functions as a bronchial dilator of sorts, helping to dilate veins and blood vessels, hence improving circulation. Theophylline is known as a respiratory stimulant. Simply put, theophylline makes the caffeine and theobromine energy work more efficiently.
- Theanine: Acts like a time release capsule for the energy, stretching it out.
- Theacrine: Adds stamina to the energy pathway. When your mind wants to stop the body, theacrine keeps you truckin.