I’m not a coffee drinker. The acids and other chemical components in coffee cause me a great amount of internal combustion. So about 15 years ago I discovered the health benefits of green tea while also enjoying the lift experienced from caffeine. I still love green tea, but whenever possible, I’ll choose the king of all green teas, Yerba Mate.Yerba Mate is a naturally caffeinated tea grown from the South American rainforest holly tree. It is its own form of green tea. Traditionally and ritualistically, the South American Aché Guayakí tribes people have sipped yerba mate from a mate gourd for its rejuvenative and invigorating effects, along with the focus and nourishment it provides. It also served as a means for bonding amongst each other.
Yerba Mate contains caffeine, theophylline, and theobromine – well-known stimulants also found in tea, coffee and chocolate. The mate leaves contain 24 vitamins and minerals, 15 amino acids, abundant antioxidants. Yerba Mate contains caffeine, theophylline, and theobromine. Apparently, 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.”
By far, my favorite Yerba Mate brand is Guayaki. Its leaves are shade grown, which like fine coffee, it offers the highest quality and most nourishing of all tea. Studies have shown that it contains the highest antioxidant factor amongst a variety of popular green, white and black teas in a number of studies. Guayaki is all-natural, organic, sustainable, vegetarian and kosher. Guayaki comes in loose tea, tea bags, bottled and canned flavored tea, and Yerba Mate energy shots.