Yerba mate has been called the “Drink of the gods.”
For a lot of you who follow lifestyle design, specifically Tim Ferriss, you might have heard him gloat about yerba mate. Yerba Mate is a crucial ingredient in Mr. Tim Ferriss’ Creativity Elixir.
A native of South America, Yerba Mate is one of my favorite drinks for quite a few reasons.
The unique combination of three xanthines: caffeine, theobromine and theophylline provide me with a clear focused mind without the jitters of straight coffee.
Caffeine – We all know what caffeine does for us and its benefits.
Theobromine – Not many people know about theobromine but it is a chemical found in chocolate.
According to Wikipedia, “While theobromine and caffeine are similar in that they are related alkaloids, theobromine is weaker in both its inhibition of cyclic nucleotide phosphodiesterases and its antagonism of adenosine receptors. Therefore, theobromine has a lesser impact on the human central nervous system than caffeine. However, theobromine stimulates the heart to a greater degree. While theobromine is not as addictive, it has been cited as possibly causing addiction to chocolate. Theobromine has also been identified as one of the compounds contributing to chocolate’s reputed role as an aphrodisiac.”
Theophylline – According to Wikipedia,
“The main actions of theophylline involve:
- relaxing bronchial smooth muscle
increasing heart muscle contractility and efficiency: positive inotropic
increasing heart rate: positive chronotropic
increasing blood pressure
increasing renal blood flow
some anti-inflammatory effects
central nervous system stimulatory effect mainly on the medullary respiratory center.
I absolutely love yerba mate and it carries itself a unique drinking culture.
Overall it provides an excellent alternative to coffee. Coffee tends to make me jittery whereas yerba mate provides me with a smooth and clear energy both mind and body.
As with most stimulants, yerba mate is also highly regarded as a potent fat burner.
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