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Ingredient Digest: Yerba Mate

We all know the real value of 5 o'clock tea, don't we? How about a little twist to the classics this time?

The Jar Healthy Vending introduces you yerba mate - a South American tea-like drink with long-stemming ancient traditions and incredible health benefits. Let's dive in!

Mate is a beverage, which is brewed from leaves and stems of the yerba mate plant - an indigenous tree to Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil.

Check it out - the preparation method and serving are also quite of an experience - yerba mate leaves are dried over a fire and then steeped in hot water to achieve that dense, rich and highly invigorating drink, which is served in gourd container and sipped with a metal straw with a filter to separate the drink from the leaf fragments.

In Western world the tradition of serving is unfortunately not always followed right, however healthy craftsmen managed to make the drink no less delicious in a more commercial setting.

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Fun fact: due to high levels of caffeine, mate is a common ingredient in energy drinks. So, with strength of coffee, it is a legit healthier choice for a midday caffeine-boost.

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Mate is surely not your common tea choice. Simply because of the ancient and a little mystic aura that encompasses it.

Traditionally, people have given yerba mate a spiritual meaning - they believed that by drinking mate they are consuming the power of the jungle.

One of tales explaining the beginning of mate preparation tell the legend of Yari (the moon), who has taught the native Guarani family the art of brewing - namely, drying the leaves on fire.

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So, why mate? Why the power of the mighty jungle?

Yerba mate provides an energy boost similar to coffee, but with less caffeine and more nutrients.

This special drink offers the “strength of coffee, the health benefits of tea, and the euphoria of chocolate” all in one beverage. Think of it as a natural remedy for fatigue, depression, chronic headaches and weight management.

By choosing mate you get:

  • Greater Energy Yerba mate provides an energy boost that can be described as clean and calm. In comparison to other stimulants like coffee, cocoa and guarana - mate gives a very gentle and balanced "kick".

  • Increased Alertness and Concentration Mate is surely helpful in improving your daily productivity and providing the necessary focus needed for the important tasks. As a bonus: it rarely interferes with sleep and doesn’t cause caffeine jitters.

  • Enhanced Physical Performance Mate is indeed a choice of athletes. Drinking yerba mate tea increases bone density, even in people who don’t exercise. An unusual discovery since caffeine is usually associated with bone mineral loss.

  • Improved Mental Health Mate makes you more motivated by stimulating production of the neurotransmitter dopamine, however without causing an addiction or providing any side effects afterwards.

  • Antioxidant and Micronutrient Boost Yerba mate is literally the nutritious treasure. It’s been said to contain practically all the micronutrients needed to sustain life. Among those are Vitamins A, B, C, E, iron, magnesium, zinc and about a dozen others.

However, due to a very potent mix - drink it responsibly. It does stimulate the nervous system, so those with hypertension or arrhythmias should be extra careful.

Cheers, mate!

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