Yerba mate tea is considered one of the best drinks in the world thanks to its numerous benefits, which include a powerful energizing effect that surpasses coffee and tea. This energy boost helps you clear your mind and undertake any activity with strength and vitality.
However, there are several energy drinks and hypertonic drinks (those with a high concentration of carbohydrates) from different brands in the market today; all of them widely used to fight fatigue and exhaustion. But what is the difference between energy drinks and yerba mate?
Commercial energy drinks are designed for prolonged physical activities.They have a high concentration of substances such as caffeine, sugar (in the case of hypertonic drinks, up to 10% sugar), colorants, carbohydrates and electrolytes like sodium, potassium and phosphorus; as well as some vitamins and minerals. The amount of caffeine these drinks contain can lead to side effects such as insomnia, nervousness and tachycardia.
Yerba Mate, on the other hand, is an ancient, natural beverage made with the leaves of the Yerba Mate tree. Although it also contains caffeine and other substances that affect the central nervous system; it does not contain sugar. Its energizing effect comes from nature itself, not from artificial manufacturing.
Drinking mate has many benefits for your physical and mental health. Some may say there is no other drink with this many beneficial properties, providing even 90% more antioxidants than green tea. Yerba mate increases the body’s natural defenses, reduces the risk of suffering from many diseases and prevents cellular aging. At the same time, yerba mate is a source of vitamins A, C and E and minerals such as iron, calcium, phosphorus and magnesium. It also has a diuretic effect that improves kidney function.
Energy drinks, even if they are not toxic and do not endanger your health, do not add a lot of value either. On the contrary, the large amount of sugar is stored as body fat, and the excessive consumption of hypertonic drinks can even compromise the absorption of calcium, therefore affecting the teeth and the skeletal system.
The effect that yerba mate produces is also very special when compared to other caffeinated drinks. This effect is both stimulating and relaxing at the same time. The energy boost produced by yerba mate is more subtle but also more prolonged than in other energy drinks, which can sometimes cause a mildly aggressive energy rush. This may be because the amount of caffeine is usually more diluted in yerba mate.
As an extra benefit, yerba mate offers a very special advantage: a positive effect on emotional health. Its gentle energy dose constitutes a natural remedy for depression and the tradition of sharing mate with your loved ones favors moments of well-being.