What is Yerba Mate? I first heard of Yerba Mate in Tim Ferris’s book “The Four Hour Body “. He talks about Yerba Mate being a cognitive enhancer, allowing the mind to be clear and more focused. My personal experience with Yerba Mate is that it does provide a mood enhancing effect. When I drink it I feel uplifted, more social, more motivated to complete whatever task has been set before me. It definitely lifts any brain fog.
Apparently the positive effects of Yerba Mate are a result of three chemicals: caffeine, theophylline, and theobromine. We all know about caffeine but what about the other two?
I did some research and it turns out that Theophylline is actually good for treating asthma. It opens up air passages in the lungs and helps alleviate difficulty breathing. Theophylline is also found in chocolate which also explains it’s euphoric effects.
Theobromine actually has similar effects to both theophylline and caffeine. It can help with breathing problems and has a mild stimulate effect. What’s interesting about both of these chemicals is that they have stimulating and relaxing effects. In reading about theobromine it was mentioned that although theombromine is a stimulant it does not affect the central nervous system like caffeine does. I’m not sure exactly what that means but my guess is that it does not raise cortisol levels like caffeine does which means not jitters or nervousness.
Don’t get me wrong, I love my coffee a lot but sometimes I need that late afternoon boost and a cup of coffee that time of day will usually mess with my sleep. Yerba Mate will give you that late afternoon boost without keeping you awake at night. If want something without the negative effects of too much coffee but with the same, or better, stimulating effects, I recommend Yerba Mate. One of the most popular brands of Yerba Mate is Guyaki’. Check out there website to learn a lot of interesting facts about Yerba Mate.