Yes it’s true! In the world of tea, we actually have a naturalenergy drink, more commonly called, Yerba Mate! And yes, it’s a “non-tea” tea!
So what is Yerba Mate?
Yerba mate is an herb native to South America and is the national drink of Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay and Southern Brazil. This herb was said to be, “from the gods,” and natives believe it sustains life, increases vitality and heals the sick. As a “spiritual” herb, yerba mate was often used for religious and tribal ceremonies. The stimulant properties of the beverage became popular with Argentinian gauchos (or cowboys), who sipped yerba mate for energy during cattle drives or long harvest days. Just being, “from the Gods,” makes me want to try it! How about you?!
Coffee vs Yerba Mate
Yerba mate is often described as a beverage with the energy kick of coffee and the smooth flavor of traditional tea.Generally, the caffeine content of a yerba mate beverage has two times more caffeine than black tea, but less caffeine than coffee – 80mg of caffeine per cup of yerba mate, while coffee contains 100-200mg per cup. If you’re looking to control your caffeine intake, but still need the kick to get through the day, yerba mate is your new best friend. Yerba mate’s unique medley of stimulation and nutrition helps maintain your body’s balance, and won’t leave you jittery or crashed afterwards.
Yerba Mate Health Benefits
Yerba mate naturally provides lasting physical and mental energy. It is loaded with antioxidants and nutrition. Yerba mate raises metabolism, elevates mood, and can reduce fatigue. They’ve got tons of studies to prove it too!
The Mayo Clinic notes that yerba mate’s antioxidant activity helps prevent heart disease and many clinical trial studies show that yerba mate intake has impacts in reducing obesity and cholesterol levels. This “non-tea” tea contains a long list of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, including B vitamins and vitamin C; manganese, potassium and zinc; and the beneficial plant compounds quercetin, theobromine and theophylline.
All this being said, as with all energy drinks, moderation is key. Too much of anything is bad, so limit your yerba mate intake to less than 1 Liter a day!
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