With new herbs, plants, and ingredients rising to the top of the trending list for energy, yerba maté has moved a few spots down the list. However, the mighty maté is just too good to ignore as part of your morning ritual.
Maté (ilex paraguariensis) has been a traditional beverage for South Americans. And it's no wonder since it has a range of beneficial plant nutrients and it's rich in antioxidants. The flavors or the maté leaf are earthy and round. Once dried or roasted it works best as a pick-me-up and can be sipped on throughout the day.
Here are four simple reasons why we still love yerba maté and why you should too.
1. Brings joy and energy.
The leaves generally have more caffeine than green tea, but a little less than coffee. So drink away before that early workout or meeting. Maté is also said to provide a euphoric sensation at first sip, revealing a similar effect to biting into a piece of chocolate. We'll take that feeling!
2. Regulates blood sugar.
Drinking maté regularly may help with lowering blood sugar. In one study, patients with diabetes who drank yerba maté tea daily showed their blood sugar levels decrease.
3. Supports the immune system.
Yerba maté contains vitamin C, vitamin E, selenium, and zinc keeping your immune system boosted. These days, we can use all the help we can get for a little self-care and self-motivation.
4. Aids in weight management
Studies show that yerba maté can boost metabolism. Research also suggests that it can increase the amount of stored fat that’s burned for energy.
Take Mornings Back
At the height of the pandemic our days were flipped upside down as we were all trying to figure out how to cope with our new normal. Now that this hybrid work/home lifestyle is on the horizon we hope a tea ritual gives you more time to yourself, whether it's two minutes or 10. Take back the morning and sit with a loose leaf tea like our INA 9 AM Agenda blend. It's soothing, yet perky for your first cuppa. Packed with the caffeine from both black tea and yerba maté you can ditch the crash that coffee may leave you. The 9 AM Agenda includes rose petals to awaken our sleepy-eyed mornings. During the summer you can steep a little bit more per cup and add it over ice.