The Natural Stimulants
Tea or coffee, anyone? Everyone has a favorite. Consuming coffee or tea is the essential morning ritual of many Americans. These caffeinated beverages give us the advantage to enjoy life more fully on the weekends and tackle productivity during the work week. But what about yerba mate? This distinctive beverage deserves favorable consideration. Let’s get to know more about how yerba mate compares with other caffeinated drinks.
Did You Know?... 54% of Americans over the age of 18 consume coffee everyday!
First, coffee. It may be associated with:
This sounds like a productive way to start your morning! However, many people add mounds of sugar, and buy coffee packed with artificial ingredients in an attempt to make it a more satisfying lift. However, that ‘satisfying’ beverage often creates the well-known jittery feeling, leaving you feeling less than your best. Consider a possibility that your daily dose of caffeine could do more to benefit your body and state of mind, without the jittery feeling. What if it was actually amazingly full of naturally grown ingredients that promoted your health? Yerba mate combines these benefits into one very appealing drink.
Looking at the benefits of green tea and yerba mate, they both:
Green tea contains polyphenols, most notably catechins, that are also found in blackberries, dark chocolate, and grapes. These contribute to its various benefits. It is a popular alternative to coffee for those that want to feel invigorated without the ‘crash’ or edgy feeling they may get from coffee. However, green tea’s lower caffeine content may leave you reaching for another cup to maintain a sense of momentum. When coffee is too harsh and green tea is not enough to sustain you, yerba mate can offer a more revitalizing alternative.
On average, Americans consume nearly 504
million gallons of green tea per year!
In South America, yerba mate is consumed
6 times as much as coffee!
Compared to coffee and green tea, yerba mate has extensive benefits that make it uniquely remarkable. It has a combination of naturally occurring compounds that are like a shield for your body, providing energy and protection simultaneously.
Yerba mate has high a polyphenol concentration. Chlorogenic Acids contribute to yerba mate’s role in delivering an enormous amount of antioxidant action. Their levels are higher in yerba mate than green tea3! Other important polyphenols in yerba mate are flavonoids, including quercetin, rutin, and tannins.
The high amounts of polyphenols allow for an increased ability to stop free radicals from causing damage to your cells3. This is good news for you and everyone that cares about their body. Inflammation occurs in our body as a result of our environment and the food we consume, and these powerful chemical compounds have important anti-inflammatory effects5.
Xanthines, including caffeine and theobromine, give yerba mate its natural source of energy. Theobromine is the same ingredient that is in cacao and coffee. They are known to help reduce muscle tension and combined with caffeine, promote a sense of well-being.
The benefits of yerba mate keep stacking up! Studies have demonstrated that yerba mate aids in the breakdown of fats1 and decreases overall body fat mass4. Now, you can feel comfortable making the switch from green tea to yerba mate, knowing that it has wonderful weight loss properties too.
Yerba mate has demonstrated its ability to be protective against various negative health conditions. Saponins are naturally occurring compounds in yerba mate that have the amazing ability to cause cell death in tumors4. Yerba mate has also shown to have a more protective effect than green tea against an oxidant that is associated with tissue and DNA damage that can lead to stroke, heart issues, and diabetes2. Yerba mate is also unique in that it prevents advanced glycation end products (AGEs) that build up over time contributing to heart issues and diabetes2.
This simple beverage has shown to have incredible value for improved health in numerous studies. Combining ingredients present in coffee and green tea, it creates a wonderful source for preserving and improving your health. Yerba mate offers benefits beginning at the cellular level, which make it an excellent choice for taking care of your body from the inside, out.
- Alkhatib, A. (2014). Yerba Maté (Illex Paraguariensis) ingestion augments fat oxidation and energy expenditure during exercise at various submaximal intensities. Nutrition & Metabolism, 11, 42. http://doi.org/10.1186/1743-7075-11-42
- Bastos DHM, De Oliveira DM, Matsumoto RLT, Carvalho PO, Ribeiro ML. Yerba mate: pharmacological properties, research and biotechnology. Med Aromat Plant Sci Biotechnol 2007; 1: 37–46
- Heck, C.I. and De Mejia, E.G. (2007), Yerba Mate Tea (Ilex paraguariensis): A Comprehensive Review on Chemistry, Health Implications, and Technological Considerations. Journal of Food Science, 72: R138–R151. doi: 10.1111/j.1750-3841.2007.00535.x
- Kim, S.-Y., Oh, M.-R., Kim, M.-G., Chae, H.-J., & Chae, S.-W. (2015). Anti-obesity effects of Yerba Mate (Ilex Paraguariensis): a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine,15, 338. http://doi.org/10.1186/s12906-015-0859-1
- Liang, N.; Kitts, D.D. Role of Chlorogenic Acids in Controlling Oxidative and Inflammatory Stress Conditions. Nutrients 2016, 8, 16.
- Podolak, I., Galanty, A., & Sobolewska, D. (2010). Saponins as cytotoxic agents: a review. Phytochemistry Reviews, 9(3), 425–474. http://doi.org/10.1007/s11101-010-9183-z
- Scientific Report of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, Part D. Chapter 5: Food Sustainability and Safety. http://health.gov/dietaryguidelines/2015-scientific-report/10-chapter-5/d5-4.asp#nav-dga