Let us introduce you to the “Drink of the Gods.” No really, we’re not evening kidding. We never kid when it comes to tea. Yerba Mate is made from the leaves of the holly tree in the subtropical rainforests of South America and legend says that the forest people were believed to survive years of famine and drought on Yerba Mate alone. The story of Yerba Mate can be found in any online search and, to summarize, involves a moon goddess, a jaguar, a paranoid father, and a gift of Yerba Mate. This beverage is basically the half-caff, no whip, soy, extra caramel latte-ccino equivalent for our neighbors in the south and is only a thousand times better for you. Here, let us explain.
First of all, it is tough to find any beverage that is a nutritional match to Yerba Mate. In a 1964 study done by The Pasteur Institute and the Paris Scientific society, it concluded that "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.” The tea provides 24 essential vitamins and minerals, as well as 15 amino acids, and a ton of antioxidants, In fact, Yerba Mate has more antioxidants than ANY other tea or non-tea beverage in the known universe.
Now, it’s one thing to just give you the facts on what Yerba Mate contains, but the real gold is in how it affects your body. These nutritional components can provide:
But beyond its health benefits, it is also a great source of energy! The caffeine content found in Yerba Mate tea averages somewhere between the caffeine levels in tea and the levels in coffee. And because it is low in acid, it provides good, clean energy without the side-effects of stomach irritation or jitters. It also increases the supply of oxygen to the heart, especially during periods of stress or exercise. The metabolic effects appear to include the ability to maintain aerobic glycolysis (breakdown of carbohydrates) during exercise for longer periods of time. This results in burning more calories, increasing cardiac efficiency, and delaying anaerobic glycolysis and the resulting buildup of lactic acid during exercise. Remember this the next time you decide that a shot of espresso seems like a good idea before a long run and that breakfast bagel you ate is making an unwanted re-appearance.Yerba Mate is one of those things that when you learn how amazing it is, you want procure all of it, so you can hoard it away in case of the apocalypse. With the energizing effects of coffee, the euphoric effects of chocolate, and the nutritional benefits of gummy vitamins, it really is the stuff of legend. However, it also quite literally grows on trees, so we can calm the Scrooge McDuck in us and just be happy knowing we can get some whenever we need. The easiest method we know of is to make a cup of Sportland’s Focus Blend or track down some of the collab blend we did with Deadstock Coffee, the Wake Yo’ Self Blend.