The New Green Tea: Yerba Mate

Yerba Mate is known for the healthy source of vitamins it contains. Studies in Paris and Spain have concluded that “it is difficult to find a plant in any area of the world equal to mate in nutritional value”. In some aspects, Yerba Mate is even better than green tea, it contains high content of minerals such as K, Mg and Mn. 

It is important to know that your source of caffeine is not affecting your body in any possible way. Mate has been used for herbal medicine in South America and it is known by the benefits and therapeutic properties is contains. The plant is classified, according to Western herbal medicine, as aromatic, stimulant, bitter, aperient (laxative), astringent, diuretic, purgative, sudorific (sweat inducing), and febrifuge (fever reducing) making it a better choice for your source of energy. Food contains a specialized class of chemical compounds called Xanthines, in the Xanthines there are other classifications such as caffeine, theophylline, theobromine or in Yerba Mate case mateine. To do this less technical Yerba Mate contains a type of “caffeine” which provides you with energy in a non-destructive form. Researchers at the “Free Hygienic Institute of Hamburg” located in Germany, concluded that even if there were caffeine in Mate, the amount would be so tiny that it would take 100 tea bags of Mate in a 6-ounce cup of water to equal the caffeine in a 6-ounce serving of regular coffee. Consequently, the active principle in Yerba Mate is not caffeine!