Mate Is The South American Drink That Puts Our Coffee Game

Date of publication: 2017-12-13 10:09

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The vitamin C levels in yerba mate tea are only the beginning in terms of immune system health. Aside from the white blood cell boost provided by ascorbic acid, there are also a number of saponins and other antioxidants that can help reduce oxidative stress in the body and act as a primary line of defense for the immune system.


Guayaki partners with small farmers and indigenous communities to source mate from the sub-tropical forests of South America. Like high quality coffee, high quality mate is shade-grown delivering more nutritional value and a smooth, rich flavor.

Forest grown mate is environmentally sustainable in the long term and provides for more income per acre than cattle or agricultural products such as corn, soy or wheat. From the simple love of a beverage, Guayaki drinkers have become a driving force for conservation and community development by paying a fair trade price for rainforest-grown mate.

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Mate contains caffeine. Caffeine works similarly to theophylline. Caffeine can also decrease how quickly the body gets rid of theophylline. Taking mate along with theophylline might increase the effects and side effects of theophylline.

In particular, yerba mate contains high concentrations of Chlorogenic Acid (the same acid that the health world has been buzzing about lately namely in respect to green coffee beans) green tea is a very poor source of Chlorogenic Acid, (if even a source at all).

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Mate is a healthy and stimulating drink, with roughly 85 milligrams of caffeine per 8 oz. serving. Yerba Maté is an appetite suppressant, also high in Vitamin C, potassium, magnesium, and manganese. Mate contains xanthines, which are in the same family as caffeine, and sometimes called "mateine". Mate also contains other natural chemicals and trace minerals that seem to mellow out the experience of consuming this particular type of caffeine, and many mate drinkers report that they feel alert and focused without any negative effects of coffee, such as jitters and a caffeine crash. Preliminary scientific studies of mate have shown that the compounds in the plant have a relaxing effect on smooth muscle tissue, rather than a stimulating effect on the central nervous system.

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