Yaupon Holly Tea
Those looking for a mid-day boost may want to consider something other than their usual cup of coffee. One option, which is new to many, is rich in caffeine and antioxidants. It grows wild in the Southeastern part of the U.S. Yaupon Holly was originally used by American Indians and Spanish settlers centuries ago. Now, its use is being researched at The University of Florida in the Ethnoecology Garden. It's main researcher Matt Palumbo, says the leaves can be dried and brewed in boiling water and the end result is a taste similar to green tea.
"An exciting result of this study was the amount of antioxidants found in Yaupon. Antioxidants have received some attention lately because several studies have indicated that they can reduce the damaging effects of free radicals on the body." Anyone who decides to try this tea should be careful to choose the right plant, not all kinds of holly are o.k. to brew and drink.
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