I am going to go out on a limb here and say billions of people start their day with a cup of coffee or tea right?However, I like to start the morning with a drink you may not be familiar with, Yerba Mate.
Yerba mate is a traditional South American brew that’s been said to offer the “strength of coffee, the health benefits of tea, and the euphoria of chocolate” all in one gulp. Sign us up. It was called “the drink of the gods” by many indigenous South Americans and later “the green gold of the Indios” by European settlers.
Yerba mate (yer-bah mah-tay) is made from the naturally caffeinated and nourishing leaves of the celebrated South American rainforest holly tree. For centuries, South America’s Aché Guayakí tribe have sipped yerba mate for its rejuvenating and energy boosting effects. The indigenous people tout Yerba Mate for its invigoration, focus, and nourishment.
Why so nourishing? The leaves of the rainforest mate tree naturally contain 24 vitamins and minerals, 15 amino acids, abundant antioxidants. In fact, The Pasteur Institute and the Paris Scientific society in 1964 concluded “it is difficult to find a plant in any area of the world equal to mate in nutritional value” and that yerba mate contains “practically all of the vitamins necessary to sustain life.”. Um, okay, obviously, you need to get on the bandwagon here people.
Yerba mate DOES contain caffeine, it also contains theophylline, and theobromine, well-known stimulants also found in tea, coffee and chocolate. The caffeine content is in between that of green tea and coffee. Unlike tea, yerba mate has a low tannin content so it can be strong like coffee with out becoming extremely bitter. Unlike coffee, yerba mate is not acid forming, so it is less likely to cause stomach acid and jitters. I am sure everyone has heard recently that one of the keys to good health is eliminating acid from the system, that is why many people recommend ditching the coffee habit.
You brew it just like you would a normal tea bag. I would liken the taste to a grassy flavored tea, I quite like it.But even if you don’t love it, you may want to drink it anyway. Why?
- – Energy Increase
- – Increase brain function
- – Loaded and I mean, LOADED with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants such as Vitamin A, C, E, Iron Calcium etc.
- – Immune system boost
- – Weight loss
- – Benefit for allergies and sinusitis
- – Supposedly, and this is controversial, but the extract is said to kill cancer cells
Did you know this? Yerba Mate is the national drink of Argentina where 500 million dollars worth of it is consumed every year. Woah. According to one survey, it’s consumed in 92% of all Argentinian households. Pope Francis, the first pope from Argentina, has been photographed sharing mate with his followers.
If it is good enough for the pope, it is good enough for me.