Energy, Focus, and Mental Stamina
The main stimulant in yerba mate is a combination of Xanthines that includes caffeine and Theobromine (a stimulant found chocolate), theophylline, and B vitamins (B1, B2, B3/Niacin, B5, and B complex). The molecular binding of the caffeine molecule in yerba mate is different than that of coffee, earning it the name mateine.
Researchers at the Free Hygienic Institute of Hamburg, Germany, concluded that even if there were traditional caffeine in mate, the amount would be so small that it would take 100 teabags of mate in a 6-ounce cup of water to equal the caffeine in a 6-ounce serving of regular coffee. And Dr. Horacio Conesa of the University of Buenos Aires Medical School states that even individuals with caffeine sensitivities can ingest mate without adverse reactions.
Caffeine is not the active ingredient in yerba mate. In fact, most of the energy provided by yerba mate comes from the nutritional properties and not the stimulants. The naturally perfect combination of methylxanthines, vitamins, and minerals stimulate the nervous system invigorating the body and mind.
Yerba mate increases energy and resistance to fatigue without the jitters and side effects of coffee or energy drinks, which makes it effective, but not habit forming. If you are looking for an alternative to coffee, energy drinks, of energy shots, yerba mate is the perfect drink. Yerba mate = healthy energy
Focus and mental stamina
Yerba mate can help to enhance intellectual work by increasing mental alertness and sharpness. The xanthines in yerba mate have a well-known effect on the central nervous system that increases mental energy. However, as it stimulates a depressed nervous system it also calms an over excited one.
Mate drinkers often report having a better ability to concentrate and an increased resistance to mental and physical fatigue with no nervousness, heart palpitations or jitters.
Stress-reducer and relaxation
While yerba mate can boost energy, it can also eliminate insomnia by promoting smooth muscle relaxation, reducing agitation, and calming a stressed nervous system. Even though the combination of xanthines in yerba mate can stimulate the nervous system it does not interfere with the sleep cycle. In fact, it has the ability to induce better sleep. It is perfectly fine to drink mate at night, before bedtime and get a good night’s rest.
Yerba mate is also a mood enhancer which is especially useful for alleviating depression.