Applied Food Sciences, Inc. (AFS) is pleased to announce it is the exclusive owner of U.S. Patent #9345707, a process patent that covers the production of enriched natural guayusa, from a single source plant, containing antioxidants, amino acids and caffeine. The purpose of this process patent is to create a highly water soluble energy ingredient for a healthier application of caffeine, chlorogenic acid antioxidants, catechins antioxidants, and trace elements of other nutritional compounds. Guayusa extracts made with this patented process are easy to work with in formulation as a featured ingredient for an RTD tea-like beverage or used to produce a functionally enhanced beverage.
Guayusa – Ilex guayusa – (pronounced “gwhy-you-sa”)
In combination with this patent release, Applied Food Sciences is launching its newest branded ingredient offering, AMATEA™ guayusa extract – a highly water soluble ingredient for the application of focused energy intended in beverages and nutritional supplements. AMATEA™
“Customers are calling our guayusa ‘focused energy’ because the caffeine helps stimulate the mind while the polyphenol antioxidants balance that effect in the body,” says Brian Zapp, Director of Marketing at AFS. “AMATEA™
Applied Food Sciences recently published a white paper on AMATEA™ guayusa extract promoted in partnership by New Hope® Natural Media. This beautiful white paper gives more details on the history of guayusa and the science behind why this unique source of energy has been revered in the Amazon region for over a thousand years.
“AFS immediately started generating science to help researchers understand the synergies with caffeine among other naturally occurring compounds and how they impact physiological and hormonal biomarkers in the human body,” explains Chris Fields, AFS’ VP of Scientific Affairs. “Initial clinical research utilizing AMATEA™, when compared to synthetic sources of caffeine, demonstrated guayusa’s ability to help regulate epinephrine upon caffeine ingestion. This is significant because providing a conventional energy ingredient that typically works through stimulation of the central nervous system, like caffeine, with one that may help regulate neurotransmitter functions within the body, could be a critical benefit to the cognitive energy category.”