One of the greatest yerba mate benefits, when consumed in the Traditional Method, is the way it improves mood without creating physical or mental anxiety. It truly is a spiritually uplifting drink!
The German Version of the Food and Drug Administration lists “Mental and physical fatigue” as one of its uses (German Commission E Monographs). The use of yerba mate as a mood enhancer is very common, as it contains naturally-occurring monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOI’s) which, "have a long history of use as medications prescribed for the treatment of depression". Yerba mate also contains Theobromine, which is the ingredient in chocolate that contributes to the feeling of euphoria.
Yerba mate helps us become less anxious. Thomas Bartram’s Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine lists yerba mate as a reliever of “Physical exhaustion from stress”. Of all the benefits, the good mood that comes from it is priceless.
It brings about an uplifting feeling that has resulted in a popular saying, "Coffee awakens your mind and body. Yerba mate awakens your soul!"
If you would like to explore more about yerba mate's use as a treatment for depression, anxiety, and other mood challenges, then check out the following links: