Yerba mate, also known as ilex paraguariensis, is made from the dried leaves of an evergreen holly native to South America. Yerba mate literally stands for “gourd herb” or “herb cup” and it’s also known to be referred to as “the drink of the Gods”.
Just like coffee, yerba mate increases and maintains energy level, clears our thoughts and helps us to focus more. However, yerba mate contains a little less caffeine than coffee and it rarely causes caffeine spikes and affects our sleep. You’ll find that yerba mate creates a gentle and subtle energy boost which is why it’s consumed by so may native American’s.
Yerba mate is also popular amongst athletes and individuals who workout regularly. Yerba mate contains two compounds, theobromine and theophylline and when these two compounds work together with the caffeine from the yerba mate, it can help to enhance physical performance and endurance. It’s also great for physical fatigue and (some say) muscle recovery. On top of that it’s packed full of nutrients and can provide the body with many, many benefits along with vitamins and minerals.
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