The yaupon holly tree is the only north American source of caffeine. The yaupon tea has less caffeine than coffee, but more than black tea. It is what we call the “goldilocks of caffeinated beverages”. The yaupon plant has a long history in north America. It was originally cultivated by native American tribes in the Carolinas and in eastern USA. The Cherokee commonly used the plant for regular usage and spiritual purposes. The spiritual use was ritualistic purification.
Yaupon contains the related stimulant and mood enhancer theo-bromine, the pleasure molecule found in dark chocolate, which in addition to giving its imbiber focus and vigilance, also lowers blood pressure and prevents tooth decay. Yaupon contains an armory of antioxidants comparable to other superfoods, such as blueberries and green tea. It has been the focus of a recent study at Texas A&M University that verifies its anti-inflammatory properties as an inhibitor of colon cancer. Yaupon is also filled with ursolic acid, which prevents memory impairment.
Ginger is high in gingerol, a substance with powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Under 2 grams of ginger can help prevent various types of nausea. This applies to sea sickness, chemotherapy-related nausea, nausea after surgery and morning sickness. Ginger has been shown to lower blood sugar levels and improve various heart disease risk factors in patients with type 2 diabetes. Ginger occurs to speed up emptying of the stomach, which can be beneficial for people with indigestion and related stomach discomfort, it appears to be very effective against menstrual pain when taken at the beginning of the menstrual period, it contains a substance called 6-gingerol, which may have protective effects against cancer.
Caution: Be sure to refrigerate for at least 2 hours before opening. When opening, open slowly as it is naturally carbonated!!!