Yerba mate is a ubiquitous drink in South America. The beverage comes from brewing the leaves of the holly tree, which usually grows in the region. Boasting a powerful nutrient profile, yerba mate goes beyond being a source of caffeine. Drinking yerba mate offers a wide range of benefits similar to that of coffee. However, yerba mate is considered to be a gentler and more balanced stimulant compared to other caffeinated drinks.
Below are the three key health benefits of drinking yerba mate:
Yerba mate can increase your energy level
Yerba mate is a clean and gentle source of caffeine that provides an energy boost especially when you feel mentally or physically fatigued. It puts you in a state of wakefulness without feeling jittery.
More typical stimulants such as coffee and tea help in keeping you awake and alert. One cup of coffee has significantly more caffeine compared to a cup of tea. In general, high caffeine consumption leads to insomnia, palpitations, and anxiety. While both of these drinks can lead to the aforementioned side effects, you will have to drink more cups of tea to experience the same effects.
In comparison, yerba mate balances the scale. It has more caffeine than tea but less caffeine than coffee. The best part is that it provides similar advantages of drinking coffee without the side effects.
Yerba mate can improve your mental functions
Yerba mate is also known to increase mental acuity and improve other cognitive functions.
Most of us yearn to be more productive in our day-to-day lives. But with too many stimulants around us, concentrating on tasks becomes more challenging. Drinking a cup of yerba mate improves focus, which in turn enhances our ability to understand and retain more information. Not only will you feel alert but also experience cognitive-enhancing effects that fight brain fog and restores mental clarity.
Yerba mate is rich in antioxidants
Antioxidants are compounds that protect cells from the damaging effects of free radicals in our body. Simply put, antioxidants play an important role in reducing inflammation, mitigating the risk of heart diseases, and preventing many types of cancer.
Yerba mate is a potent source of antioxidants. Its high levels of antioxidant properties boost the immune system and increase resistance to diseases.
Healthy Yerba Mate Recipe
In the video below, Josh Macin shares a simple but nutritious recipe for your caffeine cravings. Instead of using coffee, he uses yerba mate. It’s a clean source of caffeine that aids in increasing energy, enhancing mental functions, and boosting your immune system.
Here are all the ingredients:
– A hot cup of yerba mate tea
– 2 teaspoons of Garden of Life Protein Powder
– 1 to 2 tablespoons of coconut oil or MCT oil
– 1 heaping teaspoon of ghee or grass-fed butter
– A dash of cinnamon
– 1 teaspoon of Jing Herbs Awaken the Shen (optional)
– Manuka honey (optional)
Blend it up and enjoy a frothy hot morning beverage that’s packed with nutrients!
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