Energy drinks can generate side effects such as insomnia, nervousness and tachycardia; while the energizing effect from Yerba Mate is 100% natural and its many benefits come from nature itself.
Yerba mate is considered one of the best drinks in the world thanks to the many health benefits it has to offer, including its powerful energizing effect that can even surpass coffee and tea, due to the special way it is prepared. The energy effect caused by yerba mate contributes to clear the mind and face any activity with strength and vitality, including high-impact sports.
Today, the market offers several brands of energy drinks and hypertonic drinks (Hypertonic drinks contain a higher concentration of salt and sugar than the human body), widely consumed around the world to reduce fatigue and exhaustion. There are also the so-called sports drinks, which offer to replenish electrolytes lost through sweat during exercise. But how are these drinks different from yerba mate, when it comes to their energy effect?
Commercial energy drinks claim to be designed for prolonged physical activity. They have a high level of caffeine, sugar (in hypertonic drinks, sugar can be as much as 10%), colorants, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and electrolytes like sodium, potassium and phosphorus.
Yerba Mate, on the other hand, is an ancient, natural beverage made from the leaves of the Yerba Mate tree (read more about the history of yerba mate). Although it also contains caffeine and other substances that act on the central nervous system; it does not contain sugar. The energizing effect of Yerba Mate comes from nature itself, not from artificial manufacturing.
One of the main differences between artificial drinks and Yerba Mate is the effect of caffeine. Yerba mate infusion contains just the right amount of natural caffeine to gently increase energy levels and reduce tiredness, optimizing brain function, attention and focus.
Most commercial energy drinks list caffeine and vitamins as their main ingredients, but they also usually contain supplements to enhance the effects of caffeine, such as taurine, guarana, ginseng or herbs with stimulating properties to increase physical endurance. These aggregates are not harmful by themselves, but when combined with caffeine, the stimulating effect is so high that they can cause side effects like tachycardia, nervousness, nausea and in some cases serious health problems like addiction and withdrawal, high blood pressure, seizures and heart problems. In fact, most of the problems associated with energy drinks are usually caused by their high caffeine content.
The effect of yerba mate is also considered very different from energy drinks: mate drinkers claim to feel a double effect, both stimulating and relaxing. The energy boost produced by yerba mate is more subtle and it lasts longer compared to energy drinks. This may have something to do with the fact that caffeine is usually more diluted in yerba mate.
Drinking mate tea has many physical and mental health benefits (read our full list of benefits here). Some say that there is no other drink with so many benefits, providing even 90% more antioxidants than green tea. Yerba mate improves the body’s natural defenses and prevents diseases and cellular aging. It’s also a source of vitamins A, C and E and minerals such as iron, calcium, phosphorus and magnesium.
Although energy drinks in moderation are not toxic and do not endanger your health, they do not add a lot of value either. On the contrary, On the contrary, the large amount of sugar is stored as body fat, and the excessive consumption of hypertonic drinks can even cause gastrointestinal problems, when the body needs to produce more and more water to dilute the high concentration of sugars and electrolytes.
Replacing commercial energy drinks with Yerba Mate is totally feasible because:
As an extra benefit, yerba mate offers a very special advantage: a positive effect on your emotional health. Its gentle energy dose can be a natural way to cheer you up and lift your spirits; and the tradition of sharing yerba mate with your close ones undoubtedly favors moments of well-being.
Because of all the above mentioned health benefits, Yerba Mate is highly appreciated by well known athletes all over the world, including acclaimed soccer players like the Argentinean Leo Messi and the Uruguayan Luis Suárez. But it goes beyond the borders of South America: Soccer players like Antoine Griezmann (France) and Wu Lei (China), as well as Alice Beretta, a hockey player from Italy; also value a nice “mateada” before training and playing.