Enjoy Yerba Mate Energy!
All the yerba mate benefits help to awaken the body. When consumed in the Traditional Method, yerba mate tea is a better stimulant than green tea, coffee, or other caffeinated drinks. Learn about the special caffeine in mate.
The stimulant that provides this energy in yerba mate tea appears to be a unique form of a xanthine. Theophylline, theobromine and caffeine are all examples of xanthines. Yerba Mate appears to be closely related to caffeine, but Yerba Mate is unique. In "Yerba Mate: Unequaled Natural Nutrition", Dr. Mowrey writes about the special name 'mateine' that they use in Latin America to describe this special stimulant. He explains, "Mateine appears to possess the best combination of xanthine properties possible. For example, like other xanthines, it stimulates the central nervous system, but unlike most, it is not habituating or addicting. Likewise, unlike caffeine, it induces better, not worse, attributes of sleep. It is a mild, not a strong, diuretic, as are many xanthines. It relaxes peripheral blood vessels, thereby reducing blood pressure , without the strong pressure effect on the medulla and heart exhibited by some xanthines. We also know that it improves psychomotor performance without the typical xanthine-induced depressant after effects."
Yerba mate beneifts students and musicians, who love its focused energy without the muscle tension. Matt's experience succintly captures the experience. He writes, "After drinking yerba mate, I improved my score on the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) by six points over the previous day's score. It always felt like it increased my focus when taking tests and reduced the chance of making careless mistakes, now I have proven it to myself!"
The energy from it helps people to feel rested. Dr. Tenorio Sanz notes that people report requiring less sleep when using yerba mate (“Mineral Elements in Mate Herb", Arch Latinoam Nutr, 1991).
Taken as a whole, yerba mate tea provides a cleaner energy and focus than coffee.