Green tea is hailed as one of the best drinks you could consume, loaded with plenty of health benefits and antioxidants. While this is all true, green tea is indeed a fantastic drink, there is another Spanish tea gaining extreme popularity. It is called Yerba Mate. Some of you may have heard of this drink, but are you familiar with it, and why it is now being called “the drink of the Gods?”
Here are some basic facts about the tea, and what exactly it will do for your mind and your body:
Yerba Mate is the green tea of South America and has been consumed for millennia by the ancient Guarani Tribes. It has been used as a communal and medicinal drink for a long time, and is now being commercialized to the people.
Yerba Mate is traditionally consumed from a hollowed squash with a metal straw that has a filter used to draw up the freshly steeped hot water infused with the herb. If you don’t happen to have a hollowed squash or metal straw on hand you can find some Yerba Mate tea bags or even use a frenchpress. Here is a video on how you can prepare your own Yerba Mate.
Green tea is taken from the tea plant called camellia sinensis, while Yerba Mate comes from the holly plant ilex paraguariensis. While the drinks do offer similar health benefits, here are some added benefits found in Yerba Mate not found in other plant based drinks.
- Yerba Mate contains high concentrations of Chlorogenic Acid. Because of this Yerba Mate is highly effective with reducing cancer cells, clearing arteries, lowering blood pressure and cholesterol, and destroying bacteria
- It helps to enhance your physical endurance. The chemical compounds and nutrients in yerba mater helps your body use up carbohydrates easier, so you will get more energy from the food you eat. The tea also helps keep lactic acid from building up in your muscle, helping to reduce recovery time.
- Yerba Mate has been proven to help with one’s ability to focus. The minerals, vitamins, antioxidants, amino acids, and polyphenols in this beverage have a balancing effect on the caffeine. Users also claim to have clarity and focus without any of the jitters or headaches associated with coffee consumption.