Yerba Mate Benefits
Everyone who has tried yerba mate knows the effects and some of the benefits of drinking this herbal tea. The immediate benefits of drinking it include increased energy, focus, and concentration.
Some types of yerba mate (for example Selecta Energy with Guarana) provide more short-term energy, while other kinds (for example Traditional Yerba Mate – from Canarias) drastically increase your focus and alertness.
But let’s have a more detailed look at all Yerba Mate benefits.
1. Yerba Mate Increases Our Focus and Mental Alertness
Yerba mate is known for increasing our focus, energy and mental alertness. Compared to coffee, it provides a much longer and milder effect of increased energy and wakefulness. 
While coffee usually kicks in immediately after drinking, the effects of drinking yerba mate come subtly and can last for hours.
Why is it so it’s still unknown, but keep in mind that Yerba mate contains a moderate amount of caffeine.
Caffeine is the most widely used psychoactive drug that provides several benefits including:
- Enhanced memory & focus
- An energy boost
- It increases your productivity
After drinking several different types of yerba mate for months to understand the effects and benefits, I can definitely confirm Yerba Mate is one of my favorite natural energy boosters on the market.
But I am not the only one who prefers drinking Yerba mate compared to coffee – a lot of biohackers including Tim Ferriss are big fans of Yerba Mate tea.
It’s just effective and it leaves no crash – something that every serious focus-hacker should be interested in.
2. Yerba Mate Improves Our Digestion & Can Help Us Lose Weight
One thing is sure – when you drink yerba mate, your digestion is much faster than usual.
Besides, speaking from my experience, it decreases your appetite (If I drink the tea in the morning before breakfast, I might as well skip my breakfast – how cool is that?)
While some say that yerba mate could potentially treat diarrhea, I experienced that if you put too much of it in the gourd (in which case the taste becomes bitter and stronger), it could actually be the main reason for diarrhea. 
Don’t ask why I know this! But don’t worry, that almost never happens.
In addition to the mentioned benefits, it is believed that drinking yerba mate improves digestion and consequently repairs damaged gastrointestinal tissues.
3. Yerba Mate Limits Our Depression
Lots of people drink yerba mate to treat depression. 
I personally have never had any issues with depression, but I noticed a rather funny fact while drinking the tea for several months.
If I am under stress (which happens occasionally), drinking some types of yerba mate bring me into a very relaxed state of mind.
On the other hand, my focus usually increases so I can actually face a stressful situation.
Doesn’t that sound like a win-win situation?
4. Yerba Mate Provides A Moderate Energy Boost
Many people around the world consume coffee to increase their energy. While caffeine is the world’s most widely used psychoactive drug  and definitely provides a strong energy boost, the effects of drinking yerba mate last longer, come subtly and provide a calmer boost of energy.
I know many people (including myself) who usually get an overly strong kick after drinking a cup of hot coffee.
While the effects of drinking coffee can be moderate, they only last for 30 minutes to a maximum of one hour.
Besides, if you really want to do creative work (for example writing a blog), drinking coffee is (at least for most people) an absolute no-go.
On the other hand, drinking yerba mate provides the benefits that most of us need – a long-lasting smooth effect of a relaxed and fully focused state.
If you want to do creative work and not be overwhelmed or hyperactive, yerba mate is right for you.
Just don’t drink it too often.
*Just recently, I started drinking Bulletproof Coffee in the morning and combining it with Yerba mate tea, which I drink in the afternoon (around 1-3 PM). It’s definitely something for you to try.
5. Yerba Mate Is The Source Of Several Vitamins, Mineral, And Antioxidants
Can you imagine drinking something that increases your energy and is actually healthy?
Yerba mate tea combines both.
- vitamin A
- vitamins B1, B2, B3, and B5
- vitamin C
- vitamin E
In addition, it also contains a lot of minerals (Calcium, Manganese, Iron, Selenium, Potassium, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Zinc) and Theophylline, theobromine, and caffeine.
So, yerba mate is not only a great natural energy booster but also a healthy alternative to most other drinks.
6. Yerba Mate And It’s Medicinal Use
When I was recently talking to an Argentian friend of mine (with whom we, of course, drank traditional Argentinian Yerba Mate tea), he mentioned several anecdotes of the healing power of drinking this amazing tea.
Besides the anecdotes, here are a couple of uses of Yerba Mate tea in medicine :
- as an overall tonic and digestive aid
- for allergies and sinusitis
- as part of a weight loss regime
- as a general nerve tonic for pain, fatigue, and depression
7. Yerba Mate And Your Heart
Apparently, Yerba mate is useful for heart-related conditions including heart failure, irregular heartbeat, and low blood pressure.
Its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties can protect your heart and cardiovascular system. 
So, yes, this is another big benefit of drinking Yerba Mate tea.
8. Yerba Mate And Your Bones
This should be more research, but some data shows that drinking yerba mate increases your bones density.
There is a study that found that postmenopausal women, a group particularly at risk for osteoporosis, who regularly drank mate had almost 10% greater bone density in their spines than women who didn’t drink it. 
And the cool thing is that those women didn’t even exercise.
What do you say about that?
So, those are the main Yerba mate benefits.
Let’s find out how you can prepare it at home.