What is Yerba mate?
Yerba mate (ilex paraguariensis) is a traditional South American drink that was first consumed by the Native Guaraní people dating back to Pre-Columbian Paraguay, Argentina, and neighboring countries.
It was considered the “drink of the gods” because of its traditional and cultural importance, as well as the boost that mate gives you when drank. Although the Guaraní people had trouble domesticating this valuable herb, fast forward a couple of centuries and the Jesuits domesticated and began to export yerba mate. Fast forward a couple more centuries and we see mass production, exportation and consumption of yerba mate all across the globe (primarily Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil, Paraguay, Chile, Bolivia, Syria).
Some Of The Benefits
One of the most powerful herbs on the planet, and its benefits range all across the spectrum.
Contains very high amounts of antioxidants and nutrients, more than that of tea and most other herbs on the market. Yerba may contain seven out of nine amino acids, in addition to many other vitamins and minerals your body needs to thrive. There are also other components of yerba mate that can help boost your immune system.
Also boost energy and mental focus. People who drink yerba mate claim that one of the biggest benefits about it is that it increases alertness like coffee but without the jittery side effects.
Yerba mate for Sports
It can also increase physical performance. Many athletes including Leo Messi, Luis Suarez, Paul Pogba, and Antoine Griezmann among others drink yerba mate both for leisure and before physical activity
Yerba mate may also boost your immune system to help prevent infections from bacteria, parasites and fungi.
It is also a herb that can help lose weight and belly fat. Studies show it can decrease the number of fat cells and reduce the amount of fat they hold.
Yerba mate has been proven to lower blood sugar levels and helps lower the risk of diabetes, as well as other blood sugar-related health conditions.