Health Benefits of Yaupon Tea

healthy, antioxidant-rich yaupon tea in French press

Modern science has corroborated the energizing and healthful properties of yaupon. It is North America’s only richly caffeinated plant. Yaupon also contains the related stimulant and mood enhancer theobromine, 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.