Forget Energy Drinks Get Relaxed Energy With Yerba Mate

Energy drinks are everywhere these days consuming full refrigerator displays in gas stations, supermarkets, and just about everywhere that sells container beverages. But those things can’t be doing your body any good. While some do contain juice and many contain B vitamins and herbal ingredients such as ginseng, many also contain as their second ingredient high fructose corn syrup. In addition, many energy drinks on the market also contain harmful preservatives such as sodium benzoate. As a natural alternative, I recommend trying yerba mate to boost energy levels and enhance focus.

Yerba Mate Benefits

The benefits of drink yerba mate are numerous.

For starters, the drink is rich in antioxidants and even contains more antioxidants than green tea although the antioxidants are different according to Elvira de Mejia, associate professor of food science and human nutrition at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Green tea is rich in epigallocatechin gallate compounds, while yerba mate’s main antioxidant is chlorogenic acid.

Antioxidants help boost the immune system and slow the aging process.

Probably the greatest benefit that I have experienced drinking yerba mate is the calm energy that it gives. The reasoning for this can be found in the following excerpt from FitDay.com.

Proponents of yerba mate tea say that the minerals, vitamins, antioxidants, animo acids and polphenols found in this beverage have a balancing effect on the caffeine it contains. Users report increased mental energy, clarity and focus, but they also say that yerba mate doesn’t cause any of the uncomfortable side effects associated with drinking caffeinated beverages, such as headaches, stomachaches and jitters.

Read more from that article at http://www.fitday.com/fitness-articles/nutrition/healthy-eating/6-health-benefits-of-yerba-mate-tea.html.

To add to the benefits of mate, the chemical compounds in the drink enhance metabolism, aid digestion, and support cardiovascular function.

 

Yerba Mate Risks

There are some concerns that yerba mate is not safe to drink on a regular basis and that drinking the mate tea has been linked to cancer. This is mainly due to the way that traditional mate is processed and not the actual plant itself. Here is an excerpt of an article by Katherine Zeratsky, R.D., L.D. from mayoclinic.com that helps explains the association.

Yerba mate isn’t likely to pose a risk for healthy adults who occasionally drink it. However, some studies indicate that people who drink large amounts of yerba mate over prolonged periods may be at increased risk of some types of cancer, such as cancer of the mouth, esophagus and lungs. Smoking in combination with yerba mate seems to greatly increase the cancer risk.

One possible explanation is that mate contains polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), which are known to be carcinogenic. (Tobacco smoke and grilled meat also contain PAHs.) More investigation needs to be done into the safety and side effects of mate.

Full article at http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/yerba-mate/AN01774.

As an alternative some tea companies offer unsmoked yerba mate products.

 

Unsmoked Yerba Mate

If you have seen studies that associate yerba mate with higher incidences of lung, mouth, and throat cancer, you will discover that most of these have been performed on the traditional smoked mate. It is the drying process that is actually the cause of the carcinogens in this type of mate.

Fortunately, there are organic, unsmoked varieties available that give mate drinkers a great option for avoiding the carcinogens found in the traditional South Amercian yerba mate.

I personally drink the Eco Teas Organic and Fair Trade unsmoked yerba mate. This can be found in most supermarkets and is sold in one pound loose leaf bags. This particular brand has a nice grassy flavor and doesn’t taste woody or smoked as traditional mate. It still provides a great kick packing 60 mg of caffeine and 6.6 mg of theobromine per 6g serving in addition to niacin, potassium, magnesium and zinc.

 

Trying Mate

If you are not quite ready to brew up a batch of mate yourself, you can find flavored varieties available in cans in many grocery stores.  Guayaki makes a particularly good one flavored with mint or lemon.

Nonetheless, give yerba mate a try and you may just leave all your other energy drinks behind.

 

 

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3 thoughts on “Forget Energy Drinks Get Relaxed Energy With Yerba Mate

    • Juiced Body on said:

      Hi Mateo,

      Sure, as long as you link back to the original post here, feel free to repost on your site. Looks like you have a great site dedicated to yerba mate.

      Drink on!
      -JB

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