We all know that having a lot of caffeinated beverages is a habit that is best to steer clear of, considering the health risks they can induce; like high blood pressure, increased risk of heart disease and unhealthy skin and bones. Most people start the day off with a big coffee or black tea, but the cons of doing so really isn’t worth it. However, most people find that they need a little stimulant to keep them awake during long days. The solution? It could be Yerba mate tea.
A Safe Nervous Stimulant
Yerba mate is a tea that’s made from steeping the dried and ground leaves of the yerba mate plant, which is found in abundance in South and Central American countries, especially Paraguay. While yerba tea does contain caffeine, its generally celebrated by doctors as being a safe way to ingest it into the body. Researchers believe that the various vitamins, minerals and amino acids found in yerba mate tea help to balance the caffeine. Drinkers of the tea report increased mental clarity, energy and focus, but without any of the jittery side effects of other caffeinated beverages.
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The Opposite Effect of Caffeine?
Surprisingly enough, research has proven that the very same health risks that caffeinated beverages often bring on, yerba tea actually works to reduce. For example, one study found that that yerba tea actually is able to better preserve bone density in postmenopausal women. Considering that people with a higher consumption of caffeine tend to have weaker bones, it’s pretty astonishing that the participants in the study were found to have an incredible 9.5% higher bone density then their non-drinker counterparts.
Other Health Benefits
It isn’t just a spike in energy that Yerba mate tea provides. Along with being a safe nervous stimulant, the tea contains a number of vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants and polyphenols.
1. Supports cardiovascular health
The antioxidants and amino acids in yerba mate tea help fat and cholesterol move more easily through the bloodstream so they don’t accumulate on the artery walls. It also prevents blood clots that may cause heart attacks and strokes.
2. Aids digestion
Yerba mate tea was traditionally used as a South American remedy for digestive ailments. The tea aids digestion by stimulating the increased production of bile, and helps the system eliminate waste more efficiently. Fledgling studies are also in progress that have begun to suggest that yerba mate tea may even be able to be an effect way to fight colon cancer.
3. Contains approximately 90% more antioxidants then green tea
The presence of antioxidants in yerba mate tea means that itn has incredible immune boosting properties that can defend the body against signs of aging and many types of cancer. Antioxidants also help to detoxify the blood and help to reduce insomnia (coffee does the exact opposite).
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