Yerba Mate Caffeine Posted on 16 Dec 09:52 , 0 comments
Yerba mate contains caffeine, but not as much as you may think. To most of us, the caffeine in yerba mate feels better than other caffeines. Here's why:
A Balanced Medley of Caffeines
The caffeines in coffee, green tea, and chocolate are subtly different from each other on a molecular level. The "caffeines" in each plant interact with the body in unique ways. Coffee opens your eyes. Green tea brightens your mind. Chocolate gives you that warm body high. Yerba mate naturally contains all three of these "caffeines," so it does all three at once.
Yerba mate's naturally-occurring B vitamins relax smooth muscles, cutting down on jitters. Yerba mate's naturally-occurring minerals support nervous system function and help maintain electrolyte balance. When you're asking your body and mind to perform at a higher level by giving it caffeine, it is both wise and kind to support that caffeine with nutrition. Your body will appreciate the courtesy.
Summing it Up
There are 10 mg of caffeine in every gram of ECOTEAS Yerba Mate. Gram for gram, that's about as much caffeine as green tea, about half the caffeine of black tea, and about one-fourth the caffeine of coffee. But if you're like me, you brew your yerba mate stronger than tea or coffee. I use three heaping tablespoons of yerba mate in my big round mug every morning, which makes a hearty and satisfying beverage that rivals coffee's caffeine content without the systemic depletion, bad breath, upset stomach, and edginess that I experience with coffee.
Here's a very important distinction, though: I am talking about the actual dried leaves and stems of the yerba mate plant here. When you drink a prepared beverage or energy shot that contains yerba mate, they may contain extracts that artificially elevate the caffeine content out of balance with the other phytonutrients that yerba mate naturally provides. If you've gotten way too spun out by drinking a can or bottle of yerba mate, and are therefore leery of this plant, I'd urge you to brew yourself a cup of real yerba mate with the dried herb before you make up your mind.