Yerba maté (pronounced yerba mah-tay) is a tea-like drink that is an alternative to your morning cup of coffee.
It is a traditional drink in South American countries like Argentina, Brazil and is made from the leaves of a holly shrub in the rain forest. It has a long list of benefits, more than your common green tea – and has half the caffeine of coffee.
Yerba maté contains three different stimulant compounds (xanthines) – one of which is caffeine, but without the jittery side effects that you get when you drink tea of coffee. It will increase alertness, give you energy, and combat fatigue. These compounds work on the body to slow digestion and aid weight loss in three primary ways:
Encourages the body to burn calories
It’s also high in antioxidants, caffeoylquinic acids, including chlorogenic acid, which has digestive benefits. Much like green tea it contains many antioxidants that can help fight against cancer, boost your immune system and it’s high in amino acids. It also contains chromium which can help stabilize blood sugar levels. Yerba maté also contains the mineral manganese, which is important for carbohydrate metabolism and thyroid regulation. It has also been known to reduce stress.
In addition to the basic yerba maté there are other flavored blends like chai spice, mocha and green mate. Maté can be brewed and drank alone like tea or milk and sweetener can be added to make a latte – and can be served hot or over ice.
This honey-cinnamon drink is a way to sweeten up a cup of yerba maté while still enjoying its benefits
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