Yerba mate contains caffeine. But not as much as you may think. And, to most of us, the caffeine in yerba mate feels… better than other caffeines. Here’s why:
A Balanced Medley of Methylated Xanthene Alkaloids
Let’s get nerdy for a minute. Stimulants in the caffeine family are called “Methylated Xanthene Alkaloids.” You’ll probably want to drink some yerba mate before you try to say that phrase aloud. I have no idea what these words mean, but I do know that the caffeines in coffee, green tea, and chocolate are subtly different from each other on a molecular level, and they each interact with the body in unique ways. Chocolate gives you that warm body high. Coffee opens your eyes. Green tea brightens your mind. Yerba mate 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.
The Myth of the Active Ingredient
In high school health classes, we learned that every medicinal plant has an active ingredient. Tobacco has nicotine, cannabis has THC, coffee has caffeine, etc etc. It turns out that the real world of living medicine is far more complex. Every plant has thousands of active constituents acting in concert with each other to produce the effects we experience. When you combine a medley of “caffeines” with a hearty dose of bioavailable vitamins and minerals, you get a stimulating effect that is potent, long-lasting, smooth, and steady.
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 without that systemic depletion, bad breath, upset stomach, and edginess that I experience with coffee.
Here’s a very important distinction, though: I need to clarify that 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, you may also be drinking extracts that artificially elevate the caffeine content out of proportionate balance with the other phytonutrients that yerba mate naturally provides. If you’ve gotten way to spun out by drinking a can or bottle of yerba mate, and are therefore leery of this plant, I’d urge you to try brewing yourself a cup of real yerba mate with the dried herb before you make up your mind.