Yerba mate, when prepared in the traditional method, produces a uniquely joyous energy and focus! Ultimately, yerba mate tea is a better stimulant than green tea, coffee, or other caffeinated drinks. What makes yerba mate's energy and focus so special? its unique blend of stimulants. It delivers a huge dose of theobromine, the stimulant found in chocolate, along with both caffeine and theophylline. All three of these stimulants are part of a category of stimulants called Xanthines, and each stimulates in unique ways. Ultimately, nothing in the world delivers yerba mate's unique combination of these three stimulants.
People experience the energy from yerba mate to be a more relaxed, less anxous energy than coffee or cola. Musicians relish yerba mate because it gives them the energy to perform without tensing their muscles as much as coffee or other caffeinated drinks. Students love yerba mate because it allows them to study late, without as much anxiety and jitters that coffee can create.
Yerba mate beneifts students and musicians, who love its focused energy without the muscle tension. Matt's experience as a yerba mate enthusiast 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.
"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 Gives Relaxed Energy & Focus: Mowrey, D.B. Yerba Mate: Unequaled Natural Nutrition. (1991)
"Considering the results obtained, simultaneous caffeine and theobromine accumulation seems hitherto to be a particular characteristic of I. paraguariensis [Yerba Mate]." - Yerba Mate Stimulant Combination Is Unique: Reginatto, F.H., et al. Methylxanthines Accumulation in Ilex species - Caffeine and Theobromine in Erva-Mate (Ilex paraguariensis) and Other Ilex Species.Journal Braz. Chemical Soc. Vol10 (1999)
"Most notably of these compounds are the xanthines, theobromine, and theophylline that are attributed to its ability to increase energy levels." - Yerba Mate Xanthine Details: Heck, C.I., et al. Yerba Mate Tea (Ilex paraguariensis): A Comprehensive Review on Chemistry, Health Implications, and Technological Considerations. Journal of Food Science 72:9 (2007)
"Instead of a potent, isolated, and refined form of caffeine, yerba mate contains a natural and comparatively mild form of the stimulant – ideal for improving mental cognition, mood, and athletic performance, without the infamous caffeine ‘jitters’. Yerba mate is also well known for the sustained nature of its energy boost, offering a powerful performance-enhancing benefit without the uneven ‘peaks and troughs’ of normal caffeine supplementation. This is often attributed to the synergistic effects of two other mild stimulants, that also occur naturally in yerba mate: theobromine and theophylline. Theobromine is also found in chocolate, and has a powerful effect on improving mood levels and naturally boosting energy, making it the perfect complement to yerba mate’s caffeine content. Similarly, theophylline is known to have a mild stimulating effect on the central nervous system, as well as improving blood flow and circulation – allowing for improved reaction times and increased physical strength and endurance." - Yerba Mate Mental Focus: Ten Institute. Mood and Mental Focus: Yerba Mate. (2014)
"supporting increased focus, alertness, and energy as well as decreasing fatigue without promoting anxiety or causing significant changes in HR [heart rate], BP [blood pressure], or ECG measurements". - Yerba Mate and Alertness: Outlaw J, et al. Effects of ingestion of a commercially available thermogenic dietary supplement on resting energy expenditure, mood state and cardiovascular measures. Journal of the International Society of Sports Medicine (2013)
"Probably the greatest benefit that I have experienced drinking yerba mate is the calm energy that it gives." - Relaxed Energy from Yerba Mate : JuicedBody. Forget Energy Drinks Get Relaxed Energy With Yerba Mate (2014)
"physical endurance, reduction of fatigue, and enhancing mental alertness and concentration". - Yerba Mate Caffeine: Heckman MA, et al. Caffeine (1, 3, 7-trimethylxanthine) in foods: a comprehensive review on consumption, functionality, safety, and regulatory matters. Journal of Food Science (2010)
"Users report increased mental energy, clarity and focus, but they also say that yerba mate doesn't cause any of the uncomfortable side effects associated with drinking caffeinated beverages, such as headaches, stomachaches and jitters." "As soon as I started drinking it, I started noticing a major increase in my focus. I now drink it just about every time I study." - Testimonials about Unique Relaxed Yerba Mate Energy: FitDay. 6 Health Benefits of Yerba Mate Tea (2014)
"These results partly substantiate the traditional use of mate tea for improvement of cognition". - Yerba Mate Improves Cognition: Prediger RD, et al. Effects of acute administration of the hydroalcoholic extract of mate tea leaves (Ilex paraguariensis) in animal models of learning and memory. Journal of Ethnopharmacology (2008)
"the [yerba mate] leaves are also used in popular medicine and included in medicinal herbal products as a tonic, stimulant to the central nervous system, diuretic, and antirheumatic." - Yerba Mate Stimulant: Schenkel EP, et al. Triterpene Saponins from Maté, Ilex Paraguariensis. Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology (1996)