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Yerba Mate

What is Yerba Mate?

Yerba mate is native to South America and is one of the few plants which naturally produce caffeine. [1] In Argentina, Paraguay, and Uruguay, yerba mate is recognized as each country’s national drink. [2] In these nations, yerba mate is consumed at a rate of 6 to 1 over coffee. In addition, the leaves of the plant which makes yerba mate was valued so highly even to the point where it was used as currency. [3] In fact, in the 17th century, yerba mate had become the primary export for the Guarani people who are native to Paraguay.

What are the Benefits of Yerba Mate?

While yerba mate is known for its ability to give you a clean energy boost to enhance mental focus without the jittery side effects, it has many other additional health benefits. [4] Yerba mate contains essential plant nutrients and antioxidants including Xanthines, Caffeoyl derivatives, Saponins, and Polyphenols which all enhance your overall health as well as balancing your diet. [5], [6] The antioxidants found in yerba mate help reduce the formation of free radicals, harmful cells that are produced by the body. [7] By doing so, this helps prevent damage to a variety of different cells in the body. Yerba mate also contains 7 out of the 9 essential amino acids which are essential to nearly all functions of the body. [8] A 2012 National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) study found that yerba mate can also help speed up metabolism.

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