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Cheat Sheet: Coffee Dependent? Here's Yerba Mate—A Healthier Alternative For Your Caffeine Fix!

Cheat Sheet: Coffee Dependent? Here's Yerba Mate—A Healthier Alternative For Your Caffeine Fix!

It’s hard to deny coffee as something "integral" to our day-to-day. It keeps us on our toes—at school, at work, or even when we’re traveling. But we all know that it isn’t coffee, per se, that gets us our fix, but the caffeine that’s in it. Yes, being dependent on something is never a good thing, and perhaps you might have already tried breaking this coffee habit of yours, but eventually find yourself crawling back to a cafe by the middle of the week. Well, the good news is that there are better sources of energy out there that not many are aware of just yet, one of those being yerba mate.

Yerba mate originally comes from South America and is often referred to as “the drink of the gods” because of the many benefits it gives. These include a burst of energy, improved immunity, plus a dosage of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. It’s brewed from a local plant called Ilex paraguariensis. Here are a few things why it's worth a try!

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Be more energized

Unlike other stimulants like coffee or energy drinks, yerba mate can provide you with the same energy boost, but has smoother effect. In other words, you’ll still be awake and focused, minus the jitters because it has less caffeine compared to a cup of joe.

A good source of vitamins and minerals

A cup of mate contains loads of vitamins and minerals ranging from vitamins A, B complex, and C, as well as iron, calcium, magnesium, zinc and a handful of others. Chlorophyll and antioxidants also make up this drink, which is why most households in Argentina often consume this drink. 

Regulates your digestion

One of the oldest uses of yerba mate is to treat digestive issues like diarrhea, constipation, and indigestion. It also fights E. coli, and intestinal parasites, so by drinking this daily, one can expect a more normalized bowel movement, and overall an improved digestion. 

Enhances mental function

Aside from a more focused and alert brain, yerba mate will also enhance your mood, so it is indeed a perfect pick me up to keep your spirits high. This super drink supposedly gives one the euphoria that we get after eating chocolate—thanks to the compounds theobromine and theophylline that work together with caffeine.

Builds stronger bones

Contrary to what we believe, yerba mate can contribute to bone density despite the presence of caffeine. This was proven after a number of postmenopausal women who drank this regularly had greater bone density and were less prone to osteoporosis compared to those who did not include yerba mate in their diets. 

Boosts immunity

Those who drink yerba mate regularly believe that the plant has a compound that keeps their immune system healthy. Besides that, it also is high in antioxidants and has anti-inflammatory properties, preventing them from getting illnesses like seasonal allergies, arthritis and even diabetes.

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