For many of us we wake up in the morning and start the day with a hot cup of coffee to get the blood pumping and the systems running. We choose coffee due to the flavor as well as its caffeine content that acts as a stimulant. Once ingested the caffeine hits the blood stream and gives a steady boost of energy for a few hours. Once it wears off we are usually faced with the slow (or sometimes quick) crash of energy, often remedied by ingesting another caffeine based beverage. The temporary burst of energy experienced after drinking coffee is not the best source of long-acting energy, but there is another choice. This sustained energy comes from a leaf in South America and is picked off the evergreen holly. This leafy wonder is known as Yerba Mate or by its century old name “the drink of the Gods”.
Yerba mate is a century old drink that has been used for its many benefits as well as for its traditional uses. If you have never tasted yerba it has a slightly grassy taste similar to the taste of oriental green tea. In many parts of the world it has been known to be served much like we serve coffee in cafes and shops. Children in Yerba drinking countries are introduced to its consumption at a young age. In these countries yerba drinking is a very social event and traditionally ceremonial. Due to the many benefits that yerba has, it is the popular drink in many countries and is now increasing in popularity.
The Benefits of Yerba Mate Include:
Energy: Yerba provides a steadily increasing and clean energy with a calm finish and no crash. Unlike energy drinks and coffee, yerba’s energy production lasts longer and is a steady stream of energy. It gives the body a mental alertness the same as coffee without the after effects like sleeplessness and jitters.
Mental Functions: Yerba can increase all mental functions. The lower levels of caffeine can increase focus and creativity. It has been known to show effects of increases in memory, mood and alertness as well.
Nutrition: Unlike coffee, Yerba has tons of micronutrients that can help the body in everyday functions. Yerba has not only many B vitamins including B1, B2, B3 and B5, but also A and C. Drinking Yerba will also increase your phosphorus levels and magnesium. Other micronutrients include selenium – an anti-oxidant, and zinc which helps the immune system.
Bone Health: Even though Yerba has caffeine which is traditionally known to leach minerals from the bones, drinking Yerba can actually increase bone strength.
Heart Health: One of the key features of yerba is its high micronutrient count which includes many anti-oxidants. These anti-oxidants work to reduce risks of heart failure as well as help people with other cardiovascular issues. Yerba can also work with the body on low blood pressure issues an irregular heartbeat. Lastly, Yerba has the micronutrient theobromine which can help relax blood vessels and increase blood flow.
Digestive Health: Benefits of drinking Yerba include its effects against diarrhea, indigestion and constipation. Yerba also acts as an antibacterial against E. coli.
Weight Loss: Evidence shows that yerba can help the body reduce weight by decreasing appetite. It can also increase energy expenditure and burn fat stores. There is even evidence that it could affect insulin sensitivity.
Immune Functions: Yerba is full of a compounds known as saponins. Saponins are natural emulsifiers that can naturally boost the immune system. These saponins can also help with both bladder infections. One of the best benefits of drinking Yerba is its ability to increase the body’s response to seasonal allergies. In many countries it is also used as a tonic for a number of ailments. Some of these ailments include pain, fatigue as well as depression.
For centuries Yerba has been used for its many health benefits. With its high levels of anti-oxidants and saponins, Yerba has been used in both traditional medicine as well as natural medicine today. Yerba has become well used for its natural and sustained energy supply, and for this reason we have added it as a primary ingredient in SizeSlim Burner + Energy.