Yerba mate (pronounced mah-tay) is an invigorating, tea-like beverage made from the dried leaves and stems of a herb that grows exclusively in certain parts of South America.
It is infused and consumed both hot and cold and is enjoyed by millions of people daily for its exceptional health and lifestyle benefits.
Yerba mate boasts a remarkable nutrient profile but aside from its numerous health benefits, it is first and foremost an enjoyable daily habit that simply makes you feel good.
It contains a unique combination of compounds found in chocolate, coffee and green tea; Theobromine (in cacao) – elevates the mood and sharpens the mind, Caffeine (in coffee) – boosts energy levels and dissolves lethargy, Theophylline (in tea) increases awareness and provides a lasting alertness without any jitters or crashes.
“Yerba mate is the healthiest natural energy drink, a true performance enhancer”
The tradition of drinking Yerba mate goes back thousands of years and now it is rapidly catching on in our culture.
Just as coffee, which not too long ago was an unknown and exotic drink from distant lands, yerba mate is now being adopted as the preferred daily beverage of choice and has even been called “the worlds best drink” by the best-selling author & performance guru Tim Ferris.
Some other well known proponents of mate include the Pope, Barak Obama, Lionel Messi, Madonna & many others.
A HEALTHY & SUPERIOR COFFEE ALTERNATIVE
For their stimulative effects, coffee and yerba mate are often compared as they both contain caffein however that is about all they have in common.
Unlike coffee, yerba mate hydrates and alkalizes the body. Along with the noticeable boost in energy and hightened awareness, yerba mate also provides dozens of nutrients and thereby provides a balanced, sustained increase in stamina.
Another effect commonly attributed to drinking yerba mate is its ability to suppress or postpone the appetite and promote healthy digestion, therefore it can help significantly in maintaining healthy body weight.
Often referred to as the most nutrient-rich herb known to man, yerba mate contains 24 vitamins and minerals and 15 amino acids. Some of these include vitamins A, B1,2,3,5, B complex, C and E, potassium, magnesium, calcium, manganese, iron, selenium, phosphorus and zinc.
These nutrients are key to maintaining and promoting a wide variety of essential bodily functions such as; strengthening the immune system, soft tissue repair (skin, hair, eyes), good heart health, healthy nerves, bones and the vital organs.