Yerba Mate is made from the naturally caffeinated and nourishing leaves of the celebrated South American rainforest Holly tree (Ilex paraguariensis). For centuries, South America’s Aché Guayakí tribe have sipped Yerba Mate from a traditional mate gourd for its rejuvenative effects. The indigenous people of this rainforest tribe (and others) have found Yerba Mate to provide tremendous invigoration, focus, and nourishment. The leaves of the Yerba Mate tree naturally contain 24 vitamins and minerals, 15 amino acids, abundant antioxidants. In fact, The Pasteur Institute and the Paris Scientific society in 1964 concluded “it is difficult to find a plant in any area of the world equal to Mate in nutritional value” and that Yerba Mate contains “practically all of the vitamins necessary to sustain life.”
Yerba Mate contains caffeine, theophylline, and theobromine, well-known stimulants also found in tea, coffee and chocolate. The caffeine content varies between that of green tea and coffee. Unlike tea, Yerba Mate has a low tannin> content so it can be strong like coffee without it being extremely bitter. Unlike coffee, Yerba Mate is not oily and acidic so it is less likely to cause stomach acid and jitters. The full range of potential benefits of Yerba Mate include:
- Yerba mate may provide increased energy and alertness.
- Yerba mate may boost memory, mood, and mental functioning.
- Yerba mate might enhance motivation and productivity, by stimulating production of the neurotransmitter dopamine.
- Yerba mate may boost the immune system.
- Yerba mate has a long history as a digestive and elimination tonic.
- Yerba mate may help bone formation.
- Yerba mate might be useful for a wide array of heart-related conditions.
- Yerba mate contains a wide array of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. This product is sold as a bulk botanical with no directions or claims.