Yerba mate is recognised as one of the best beverages round the world due to its countless benefits, which include a strong energising effect that surpasses coffee and tea. This energy boost helps to clear your mind and carry out any task with energy and vitality.
Nevertheless, nowadays there are many energy and hypertonic drinks (which have a high proportion of carbohydrates) in the market, from several brands. All of these are consumed to fight tiredness and exhaustion. But what’s the difference between these drinks and yerba mate?
Commercial energy drinks are made for long physical activities. They have a large amount of substances like caffeine, sugar (in the case of hypertonic beverages, up to 10% sugar), colourants, carbs and electrolytes such as sodium, potassium, phosphorus. Also, some vitamins and minerals. The quantity of caffeine contained in these drinks could lead to side effects like insomnia, nervousness and tachycardia.
Conversely, yerba mate is an ancient, natural drink made with leaves of the yerba mate tree. Even though it also has caffeine and other elements which affect the central nervous system, it does not have sugar. Its energising effect stems from nature itself, not from artificial processes.
Having mate has several benefits for our physical and mental health. Some might claim there is no other beverage with so many virtues, providing even 90% more antioxidants than with green tea. Yerba mate boosts the body’s natural defenses, lowers the risk of suffering from several diseases and prevents cell aging. Meanwhile, yerba mate is a source of vitamins A, C, E, and minerals like iron, calcium, phosphorus and magnesium. It has a diuretic effect, as well, which betters kidney function.
Energy drinks, even if they are not toxic and do not put your health at risk, do not add much value either. On the other hand, the great quantity of sugar is kept as body fat, and the undue consumption of hypertonic beverages could even jeopardise the absorption of calcium, thus affecting the teeth and skeletal system.
The effect of yerba mate is also unique when we compare it with other caffeinated beverages. This effect is not only stimulating but also soothing. The energy boost yerba mate produces is subtler but more long lasting than other energy drinks – which could at times bring about a slightly aggressive energy rush. This might happen because the quantity of caffeine is generally more attenuated in yerba mate.
As a further benefit, yerba mate provides a really special advantage: a positive effect on emotional well-being. Its soft energy dose represents a natural remedy for depression, and the custom of sharing mate with your beloved ones favours moments of wellness.