Yerba Mate is a widely used infusion among South Americans and slowly across the globe, because of its unique way of consumption, specific taste but mostly because of its healthy properties.
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In this blog post, we're going to look deeply into the Yerba Mate leaves and see what's making this beverage a vitamin bomb!
Chemical properties and ingredients
Yerba Mate contains surprisingly many different elements that are very rare to be found in one infusion.
- Polyphenols (flavonoids quercetin and rutin)
- Xanthines (caffeine, theobromine, and theophylline)
- Minerals (potassium, magnesium, manganese, selenium, and zinc)
- Vitamins (vitamin C, vitamin E, B complex)
The reason why this beverage may improve your concentration and boost your energy is actually the existence of all this mineral, antioxidants and vitamins in the leaves from which Yerba Mate is produced.
Yerba Mate leaves come from a plant called Ilex paraguariensis, that first grows as a shrub after which matures into a tree that can grow up to 15 meters. The leaves are known as yerba (Spanish) or erva (Portuguese), and their cultivators are known as yerbateros (Spanish) or ervateiros (Brazilian Portuguese). After harvesting the leaves are undergoing a process of production where the first step is drying on a wood fire that later impacts the smoky Yerba Mate flavor.
This unique beverage is a case of many studies throughout the years because of its many natural and healthy properties, but meanwhile, it's upon us to enjoy each sip and enhance ourselves with all these nutrients!