I’m sitting here this morning drinking a warm and refreshing cup of Guayaki Yerba Mate and it reminded me that I have not yet done a review on my most favorite drink.
If your a mom on the go, or a business owner, or you just need that extra “umph” everyone is in search of more energy these days, trying to keep up with their ever-evolving lives and schedules. Now add kids and a business into the mix and it seems like sleep becomes a thing of the past. Is there ever a day that your in need of a pick-me-up? That’s basically me all of the time! Being a Cosmetics Developer, A Business Owner, A Blogger, A Makeup Artist, Mom, Wife and Grandma, (wow! just thinking of all that makes me tired-lol) I am always in need of some extra energy and clarity.
This uplifting and nourishing choice of health-minded individuals, boasts 24 vitamins and minerals, 15 amino acids and abundant antioxidants. Yerba mate is also known for its adaptogen-like qualities, which include reducing the effects of occasional stress.
Of the six commonly used stimulants in the world, yerba mate, coffee, tea, kola nut, cocoa and guarana, yerba mate, with naturally occurring caffeine, triumphs as the most balanced, delivering both energy and nutrition.
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Although there are hundreds of supplements, drinks, etc. that we can buy in order to help with our lack of energy, very few are what should be considered “healthy”. Many of them have addictive properties and can lead to a whole list of negative side-effects. So beware of what you put in your body.
Statistically, coffee and tea are probably the most well-known, and healthiest, of the natural energy inducers, there is another option that most Americans still have yet to know about it. It’s called Yerba Mate and Guayaki has turned it into my new “energy drink” of choice.
ABOUT THE PRODUCT: Guayaki’s Organic Yerba Mate (pronounced: Gway-uh-kee Yer-bah Mah-tay), is not your typical energy beverage. With the strength of coffee, the health benefits of tea, and the euphoria of chocolate, yerba mate is made from the naturally caffeinated and nourishing leaves of the celebrated South American rainforest holly tree (Ilex paraguariensis).
For centuries, South America’s Aché Guayakí tribe have sipped yerba mate from a traditional mate gourd. Praised for its rejuvenative effects, yerba mate is also said to give tremendous invigoration, focus, and nourishment to anyone who drinks it.
NUTRITIONAL FACTS: Yerba Mate is not an ‘energy’ drink in the traditional sense, but many people do experience energy from drinking mate, as well as clarity of mind. With approximately 80 mg of caffeine per serving, Yerba Mate also contains, theophylline, and theobromine, well-known stimulants also found in tea, coffee and chocolate. Yet unlike tea, yerba mate has a low tannin content so it can be strong like coffee with out becoming extremely bitter. Yerba Mate is not oily and acid forming, like coffee, so it is less likely to cause stomach acid and jitters. Helping to stimulate focus and clarity while boosting physical energy. Yerba Mate has also been known to aid in weight loss programs.
THE NUTRIENTS FOUND IN YERBA MATE:
- Vitamins: A, C, E, B1, B2, Niacin (B3), B5, B Complex
- Minerals: Calcium, Manganese, Iron, Selenium, Potassium, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Zinc
- Additional Compounds: Carotene, Fatty Acids, Chlorophyll, Flavonols, Polyphenols, Inositol, Trace Minerals, Antioxidants, Tannins, Pantothenic Acid and 15 Amino Acids.
In fact, The Pasteur Institute and the Paris Scientific society in 1964 concluded “it is difficult to find a plant in any area of the world equal to mate in nutritional value” and that yerba mate contains “practically all of the vitamins necessary to sustain life.” In addition, results from a study done by researchers at the University of Madrid assert a high content of mineral elements, especially K, Mg, and Mn, in mate. They considered those findings “to be of great relevance” to the nutritional value of mate infusions.
MY FINAL THOUGHTS: Having never even heard of yerba mate until about a year ago, I was surprised to learn of it’s increased popularity in other countries. In fact, yerba mate is the national drink of Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay, and Southern Brazil where it is consumed 6 to 1 over coffee. I also have my mornings where coffee just won’t cut it, and instead turn to my favorite go to drink-Yerba Mate.
I was so impressed when I realized how many health benefits it has, from digestion support to the amount of natural energy it gives – without the jitteriness or other negative side-effects that other caffeine filled beverages often have. And the variety of flavors that Guayaki has makes this an easy addition when I’m looking for a quick pick-me-up after a short-nights sleep or a long morning.
If you have never tried or even heard of this tea-you have to try it. You will be AMAZED-it’s that good.
WHERE TO BUY:
Guayaki Yerba Mate products are available directly through their website:
They come in pre-bottled drinks and/or tea bags. There are so many choices. Check them out and find one that’s right for you!
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