The Coffee Plant's
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Years of Tradition

Coffee Leaf Tea has been traditionally consumed for hundreds of years in Ethiopia and Indonesia for various reasons like “helping clear the cobwebs,” “stem hunger,” and as a strong anti-inflammatory agent. We reinvented it with modern tea techniques to enhance its taste and unlock its true health potential.

Mangiferin

This unique polyphenol is traditionally found in mangoes and used in ethno-medicine around the world. It has been extensively studied in the recent years for its strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, with potential to lower blood sugar and reduce high blood pressure.
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Chlorogenic Acids

Also found in green coffee beans, they have made green coffee extract wildly popular in health and nutrition circles due to their antioxidant and metabolism-boosting effects.
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EGCG

Catechins have been popularized by green tea, and are known for their potential to reduce inflammation, aid weight loss, and help prevent heart and brain disease.
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Theobromine

This alkaloid also found in cacao is a known stimulant but is unlikely to keep you awake at night. It also has been linked to helping reduce risk of heart diseases and improved cognitive functions.
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Research Hub

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Do you know how much sugar you are drinking?
Do you know how much sugar you’re drinking? Our body doesn’t always know what’s best for us. It usually knows what it wants, but the same cannot be said for what it should have. The American Heart Association recommends a daily sugar intake of 36 grams for men and 26 grams for women, however many drinks contain more than that in just a single serving. Beware of juices, believe it or not Juices will often masquerade behind the guise of “healthiness,” or being packed full of fruits and vegetables, but these beverages rarely live up to the benefits that they claim.   “This drink equates to 17 teaspoons of sugar. If you can think of eating 17 teaspoons of sugar, that would be disgusting.” - Walter Willett Bottled iced teas are typically over 40g of sugar In the realm of iced tea, you’ll find brands like Snapple which has 40 grams of sugar per bottle, Pure Leaf which has 42 grams of sugar, or Gold Peak Georgia Peach Tea which has 45 grams of sugar per bottle (find more surprisingly unhealthy drinks here). Over 40 grams of sugar for something that is meant to be “healthy” and “clean” ingredients. Come on folks, let’s get real here! Can you imagine pouring 10 teaspoons of sugar into one tall glass of homemade iced tea? Of course not! But that’s it equates to.   42 grams of sugar in one bottle vs 42 cans of Wize™ iced tea We laid out how much sugar there is in one bottle of iced tea from a leading brand and compared it to Wize™ iced tea, which is just one gram of sugar. The difference is truly remarkable:   Harvard’s Professor of Nutrition and Epidemiology, Walter Willett, is scared for the future, and this was in 2009:   “One bottle of sugary beverage per day causes a 60% increase in obesity in children”   See Harvard’s chart below, or click this link for the full PDF How did we get to this point?  How is society so desensitized to high amounts of sugar? It has become not only an issue of epidemic proportions, but it’s also hurting our ability to taste subtle flavours as we bombard our taste buds with astronomical amounts of sugar that would never happen in nature. “If your expectation of sweetness is so high, it’s difficult to appreciate the subtle sweetness of a fresh apple and it can push our whole diet in the wrong direction.”   This is what is so scary While there has been a general awakening around sugar consumption, the existing alternative sweeteners aren’t necessarily proven to be the silver-bullet solution as researchers have found that they can still increase insulin resistance, essentially defeating their entire purpose. While the search for a healthy alternative sweetener still continues, maybe we should ask ourselves “do we really think we’ll find some magical answer? or should we simply cut it back and recalibrate our taste buds?” We believe that it’s time to be realistic, before it’s too late.   “There has been a 300 calorie daily increase over the last few years, with half of that being caused by sugary beverages.” - Walter Willett, Harvard   According to some estimates, about a quarter of children in the United States, and more than 40% of adults, are currently consuming low calorie sweeteners. But, are artificial sweeteners as harmless as people seem to think? Research from a few years ago suggested that artificial sweeteners can still promote diabetes and obesity. And now, a new study adds to the evidence that sweeteners may have undeniable metabolic effects. In fact, the latest study suggests that merely tasting something sweet could alter our metabolism and glucose control. The solution? Cut back sugar and sweeteners to recalibrate our sensitivity It’s probably not what you want to hear, but it’s really the only way forward to live a healthy life for generations to come. If you really think that some miracle guilt-free, side-effect-free sweetener is going to just land in our lap and solve the diabetes and obesity crisis, keep dreaming. The human body is trying to tell us that we are not meant to consume high amounts of sweetness in general and we just keep trying to cheat the system.  We need to start listening to our body and Wize up to our sugar intake, recalibrate it, and then we’ll see how sweet a real apple is, how satisfying a strawberry can be, and how delicious a real iced tea can taste with just a touch of sweetness. Now that's Wize. 
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What is mangiferin and why is it good for me?
One of the most versatile and helpful entities your body can encounter is known as Mangiferin. It’s an antioxidant and polyphenol found in many forms of flora, but is most famously known to be found in mangoes. Mangiferin is historically connected to the mango but in 2012, it was discovered to be high concentrations in arabica coffee leaves. Firstly, mangiferin is a bioactive compound, inherently dynamic and therapeutic. It has mildly acidic compounds, demonstrated to exert protective properties against multiple forms of degenerative diseases, such as cancers, obesity, diabetes as well as forms of oxidative stress. All acids aren’t bad, unlike in cartoons apparently. The easiest method to explain and understand all the benefits of mangiferin is to outline the many ways in which mangiferin exerts its properties. Firstly, mangiferin is an anti-inflammatory, helping to regulate the body’s response to pain, inflammation and discomfort. Secondly, mangiferin is an antioxidant meaning that it protects the body’s cells against entities known as ‘free radicals,’ which can contribute to various ailments like heart disease and cancer. Notably, mangiferin plays a significant role in reducing cholesterol and fatty acids, while still serving as an anti-diabetic agent. It also helps the body to regulate metabolism and enhance and strengthen heart tissue. This means that mangiferin has direct ties to heart health, however it’s not just the cardiovascular system to which mangiferin has important duties. Mangiferin has also been found to have neuroprotective benefits that work in opposition to neuropathic pain and neuroinflammation. Mangiferin is preventative in many ways, most impressive however, may be its chemotherapeutic measures. It works against the growth of tumours and tumour cells, taking precautions against carcinogens. It’s immunomodulatory means that it modifies immense system response and functioning, helping to tailor the body’s immune system for whatever it needs at a given moment, proving mangiferin’s dynamic nature as a healing substance.  It’s hard to overstate the multidimensional properties and activities of mangiferin. It’s close to a body’s best friend, with numerous properties that simultaneously work in opposition to harmful ailments that can plague the body, while still providing nourishment and vitality. Its benefits are almost too numerous to count, taking aim at protecting and sustaining vital organs. The medical science community still believes the potential of mangiferin to be largely untapped, and as we know it right now, its capabilities are too useful to be overlooked. For more information about mangiferin and other compounds in the coffee leaf, please visit our Coffee Leaf page which features a Research Hub with all listed studies.
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UBC Study: Coffee Leaf Tea shows promise for treating inflammation
Wize Monkey has been leading the global charge in discovering what the coffee leaf can do, not only as a complex and delicious culinary ingredient for beverages and food, but also as a source of antioxidants and other powerful health compounds. With the support of the National Research Council, Wize Monkey teamed up with the UBC Faculty of Food Sciences to dig further into the leaf and see what's really inside it that makes Ethiopians and Indonesians claim that it's more nutritious than the coffee bean. The results are now published in Food Chemistry Journal Vol 249, available here for free on Science Direct. Here's a quote from David Kitts, the Associate Dean of the UBC Food Sciences Faculty: “Our research showed that using processing methods commonly used for tea, for coffee leaves, produced unique antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities that we associated with known mixtures of phytochemicals specific to the coffee leaf. Both immune-stimulation and immune-suppression capacities observed.” To give us a general analysis of the study, we contacted Jordan Bruce, a registered holistic nutritionist and blood analyst based right here in Vancouver. She has come on board as a guest blogger to show us what's up with the coffee leaf's unique phytochemical makeup. -- BY JORDAN BRUCE As someone who eats gluten-free, plant-based and mostly free of refined sugar, I am very conscious about what I put in my body. I’m often asked for advice on healing foods and nutrient-dense ingredients. In the last few years I’ve started to recommend coffee leaf tea for those that could benefit from cutting back on caffeine but still love the routine of a hot drink in the morning and an energy boost. What is coffee leaf tea? It’s exactly what it sounds like, made from Arabica coffee plant leaves but substantially lower in caffeine than coffee or black tea. One of the biggest nutritional components of coffee leaf tea is its high levels of mangiferin, an active compound commonly found in mangos. This phytochemical has been studied for cardiovascular benefits, anti-inflammatory compounds and protective aspects for heart disease and cancer. One of the best things about coffee leaf tea is the nitric oxide you’re giving your body. Not familiar with nitric oxide? Let me give you a crash course. Nitrogen and oxygen are gases that make up the majority of our atmosphere that are essential to our survival. These two gases can combine to form an oxide of nitrogen known as nitric oxide. Over the last few decades, nitric oxide has been of interest to scientists because of its  discovered role in the cardiovascular and nervous system. To put it very simply, nitric oxide works with an enzyme and the amino acid L-Arginine to complete a number of jobs within our body including relaxing and widening blood vessels, thereby reducing blood pressure. Some people feel that it can even enhance their physical performance because of increased oxygen flow to the brain and muscles. Over the last two years consulting with clients, I’ve seen many people struggling with high blood pressure. When plaque is building up in one’s arteries, known as atherosclerosis, the body’s capacity to produce nitric oxide is reduced. It’s important to note that some diseases—diabetes and chronic kidney disease for example—cause a reduction in nitric oxide in people resulting in poor circulation, decreased nerve function or increased risk for cardiovascular events. Nitric oxide also helps reduce the formation of blood clots. Nitric oxide also plays a part in fighting the development of diseases and the control of infectious diseases, tumours and autoimmune disorders. This is all fantastic news for those looking for a healthy drink to sip on regularly but it gets better. A  study was conducted this year at the University of British Columbia on the benefits of young and mature coffee leaf tea. They also compared the processing methods (which is black tea versus green tea) and steep time. Scientists were trying to determine how these factors affected the impacts on antioxidants, anti-inflammatory activity and total polyphenol content (TPC). The results showed that the longer coffee leaf tea steeped, the greater the potential to reduce inflammation. So keep steeping that coffee leaf tea to fight inflammation! The research paper stated that beverages, such as coffee leaf tea, can potentially alleviate high blood pressure, reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease. The study also shows coffee leaf tea can also aid in protecting us from microbial invasions which supports our immune system. I’m currently a fan of Wize Monkey Coffee Leaf Teas and and am loving their iced tea with fresh fruit and sparkling water right now. Want to learn more about diet, inflammation, health, and coffee leaf tea? Connect with me on  BrucesRoots.com  or on my  Instagram. —Jordan Bruce, BA RHN LBA
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