Yerba Mate is prepared from brewing the leaves of a holly-like tree Ilex paraguariensis that originates from South America.
The beauty of this beverage is the natural existence of nutrients such as xanthines, polyphenols, antioxidants, vitamins, etc. One very important, that's consumed worldwide, on a daily basis, is the caffeine.
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The caffeine content in Yerba Mate mostly varies, and it's based on the brewing time and also the quality of the product. Usually, Yerba Mate caffeine levels are 85 mg per cup or 30 mg per one tablespoon.
Despite the existence of the caffeine, Yerba Mate also contains the stimulants theobromine and theophylline. These three combined, are improving and producing a sustained effect for our body and mind that's essential in an ''extra concentration needed'' situations.
Another important thing to be mentioned is the effects that the caffeine in Yerba Mate gives you: It will maintain your body balance with the natural process of stimulation and nutrition and save you from the jittery feeling afterward.
You can easily adjust Yerba Mate's strength to your needs, by choosing different preparation methods. So, for example, Yerba Mate in teabags contains caffeine as a cup of a green tea, or a loose-leaf Yerba Mate prepared in a French press has caffeine amount compared to a black tea or coffee. And the traditional Yerba Mate, brewed in a gourd will enhance you with enough energy, both physical and mental for a whole day because of its balanced caffeine amount.