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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Health Benefits of Yerba Mate Tea (Better Than Coffee)


The health benefits of yerba mate go beyond mental stimulation and energy boosting. With a powerful nutrient profile, yerba mate is more than just caffeine.

Billions of people start the day with a hot cup of coffee or tea.

But in some parts of the world, people wake up with a drink you may not be familiar with — yerba mate.

Yerba mate is a traditional South American brew that’s been said to offer the “strength of coffee, the health benefits of tea, and the euphoria of chocolate” all in one beverage.

It was called “the drink of the gods” by many indigenous South Americans and later “the green gold of the Indios” by European settlers.

In this article, we’ll take a look at the reasons behind the claims of yerba mate benefits.

Then we’ll tell you how to prepare and drink yerba mate tea for maximum health benefits and fewest side effects.



What Is Yerba Mate?
Yerba mate is a traditional drink made from the dried leaves of an evergreen holly, Ilex paraguariensis, a native plant of South America.

This plant is found in the wild but is also cultivated on plantations similarly to familiar kinds of tea.

In countries where yerba mate is widely consumed, it assumes the cultural importance exemplified by coffee caf├ęs and Japanese tea ceremonies.

Drinking yerba mate tea is often a social event.

Sharing this drink from a traditional gourd is a sign of friendship and bonding.

Mate drinking has its own vocabulary, not unlike ordering a coffee at Starbucks!
It’s wildly popular in Uruguay, where it’s not unusual to see people walking down the street sipping mate while carrying a thermos of hot water to refresh their drink.


Its officially the national drink of Argentina where 500 million dollars worth of it is consumed every year.




According to one survey, it’s consumed in 92% of all Argentinian households.
Pope Francis, the first pope from Argentina, has been photographed sharing mate with his followers.

If you haven’t tried it, the best way to describe the taste is grassy and similar to green tea.

If you weren’t raised on it, you might find it an acquired taste.

But even if you don’t love it, you may want to drink it anyway.

Yerba mate consumption is increasing in many parts of the world, but not because of the way it tastes.

It’s gaining in popularity because of the way it improves how people feel.

Health Benefits of Yerba Mate
The obvious and immediate benefits of yerba mate are increased energy and enhanced mental clarity, alertness, focus, and concentration.

Some of the health benefits that follow are less widely known, at least to those of us not living in a mate-drinking part of the world.



1. Yerba mate provides a smooth increase in energy.

Yerba mate is well known for providing an energy boost that’s been described as gentle, clean, and calm.

Compared to the other most commonly used stimulants in the world — coffee, tea, kola nut, cocoa and guarana — yerba mate reportedly delivers the most balanced energy boost.

Yerba mate drinkers experience a state of alert wakefulness similar to that of coffee, but without coffee’s side effects.

It rarely interferes with sleep and doesn’t cause caffeine jitters.

Athletes use it to enhance physical performance. 

It contains 85 mg of caffeine per 8-ounce cup, which is more than tea but less than coffee. 

You may hear that yerba mate contains mateine instead of caffeine.

While the caffeine-like effect of yerba mate may feel different than that of coffee, a unique compound has not yet been discovered.

One theory is that mateine is probably just caffeine bound to a tannin or phenol in the raw leaf.
At least for now, mateine is simply another name for caffeine.

2. Yerba mate boosts mental functions of all kinds.

Everyone wants to be as smart, productive, focused, and creative as possible and yerba mate may just help you do that.

Yerba mate contains a moderate amount of caffeine, the most widely used psychoactive drug in the world.
The brain enhancing benefits of caffeine are commonly known.

It enhances memory, mood, and alertness. 

It makes you more motivated and productive by stimulating production of the neurotransmitter dopamine. 

But besides caffeine, yerba mate contains two related compounds, theobromine and theophylline.
These three alkaloids work together to provide unique, mild stimulant effects, as they also do in green tea. 

Yerba mate has found a niche following among brain hackers seeking to optimize mental performance with anything that gives them an edge.

Bestselling author Tim Ferriss is among the most famous biohackers.

He admits he’s experimented extensively with brain enhancing substances of all kinds, including smart drugs.

And, in the end, his all-time favorite brain enhancing substance is yerba mate.

He prefers it over coffee since he experiences no crash and finds it non-addictive.
And unlike smart drugs, it has no “payback time.”

He makes a special brew of yerba mate with ginger and turmeric that he calls “titanium tea.”

On his blog The Tim Ferriss Experiment, he reveals that yerba mate is part of his personal recipe for creativity on demand and that his favorite brand by far is Cruz De Malta Yerba Mate.

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