Does yerba mate have caffeine?

For centuries, the native peoples have known the stimulating and medicinal properties of yerba mate. For example, the Guarani people macerated the leaves and after a few days drank the preparation.According to an article published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology, yerba mate would have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-mutagenic properties. This stimulating effect is caused by a substance called caffeine, present in coffee, tea or mate, which reduces fatigue and can increase attention and alertness.

A liter of mate would have 270 milligrams of caffeine, which is 54 mgs. per cup, less than half that of filtered coffee.

Does yerba mate have caffeine?
Yerba Mate vs Coffee

Mateina vs. caffeine

Yerba mate and coffee contain approximately 75-80 mg of caffeine per cup. Although, in the case of yerba mate, the effects for the body are much more positive. Drinking several cups of coffee a day can cause side effects that can lead to harmful disorders.

According to the National Institute of Yerba Mate (INYM), the mate stimulates and calms at the same time, and although it influences mood behavior, providing energy, it does not affect sleep. Yerba Mate balances the body, unlike coffee, which provides a psychoactive drug that alters your body.

Ancient yerba mate with less caffeine than traditional

Ilex dumosa was the favorite during the time of the Spanish conquerors. Later, in 1935, with the creation of the Yerba Mate Regulatory Commission, it was determined that only Ilex paraguarienses should be used and dumosa was excluded because it was considered toxic and adulterating. Consequently, the plantations slowly disappeared.

It is a species related to yerba mate, native to Misiones and Brazil, which is usually little affected by pests and diseases, while presenting a wide environmental adaptation and high tolerance to low temperatures and drought. It also has an excellent adaptation to manual or mechanical harvesting with a high industrial yield.

Among the many advantages, Ilex dumosa stands out for having up to nine times less caffeine content in aqueous extracts than Ilex paraguariensis. In addition, it has a good level of polyphenols and antioxidants that are beneficial to health.

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