Yerba Mate is hailed as a superfood in the tea world, and for good reason!
Our lives are constantly on the go. Running to a meeting, catching a train to work or even squeezing in that yoga class before a night out with friends. To keep up with these hectic schedules, we often grab a little pick me up when we can. Coffee, Tea and sugary options are often quick fixes, but what about a healthier alternative? Enter Yerba Mate. The tea added to the superfood hall of fame for its energy-boosting, brain-stimulating and weight controlling properties; Yerba Mate is the latest celebrity in the Tea world.
Yerba Mate is a tea made from the leaves and twigs of the tree Ilex paraguariensis (don’t worry, we couldn’t say it either!), also known as the Mate plant and is natively found across South America. While it has been a staple in countries such as Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina, it has found a new fan base in recent years around the world. The drink is commonly consumed for its energy-boosting properties and is often touted as the possessor of many other health benefits.
Intrigued? Here are a couple of the suggested health benefits associated with grabbing a cup of Yerba Mate.
Yerba Mate has been linked with numerous health benefits in various studies and personal experiences such as reduction in fatigue, cholesterol and inflammation as well stored fat control and improved mental focus.
The first exciting benefit of Yerba mate is its nutritional content. While the levels vary from brand to brand due to variations in the soil, plant and processing, it is a good source of some key nutrients for the body!
The drink contains vitamins and minerals such as zinc, chromium, iron, manganese and vitamins C, B1, and B2. As well as this, Yerba mate also contains some fascinating natural antioxidants that are somewhat beneficial. The tea contains polyphenols, Caffeoyl derivatives and Saponins, which are linked to anti-inflammatory, cholesterol-lowering properties and reduced risk of numerous diseases.
A study conducted by Dr Elvira de Mejia even suggested that Yerba Mate’s antioxidants were higher than green tea. Move over green tea; we have a new hot morning beverage!
Evidence also suggests that Mate could be a great regulator of weight and fat loss, according to a study in the Journal of Food science looking at Yerba Mate consumption’s health implications. A 2014 study in the Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism suggested that tea can also increase the use of stored fat burned for energy during exercise in Human studies. Coupled with its Caffeine and Theobromine content which are both natural stimulants, Yerba mate also can give you the energy boost to exercise and burn those lockdown love handles!
While all this is already reason enough for a superfood title, the Tea is also known for its mental benefits. Due to its high Caffeine level that sits between a cup of tea and coffee per cup, it definitely possesses the alertness associated with caffeine consumption. Moreover, many avid Yerba Mate drinkers suggest they get the same alertness level as a few cups of coffee without the jittery feeling.
As with any superfood, quality can vary depending on where you source it. While there are different brands and varieties out there, it’s always good to find brands that are organic and sourcing their leaves from countries that drink it as a staple to make sure you are getting the best quality.
So there you have it, the energy of coffee, the antioxidant power of green tea and the extra help you need to get rid of that unwanted, stored fat! Whether it becomes a staple in your diet, It may be worth a try!
Don’t worry, it’s already sitting in my online shopping basket too...