This Tea Will Change Your Life: Yerba Mate

by Tanner M. on


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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.[35] Therefore, theobromine has a lesser impact on the human central nervous system than caffeine. However, theobromine stimulates the heart to a greater degree.[citation needed] While theobromine is not as addictive, it has been cited as possibly causing addiction to chocolate.[36] Theobromine has also been identified as one of the compounds contributing to chocolate’s reputed role as an aphrodisiac.[37]”

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.

Mineral Content

Yerba mate also contains three very important minerals for our nervous system in an important electrolyte potassium, relaxant magnesium, and essential trace nutrient manganese.

Final Thoughts

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.

I highly recommend you try it out. Check out yerbamate.us for some decent yerba and important yerba mate hardware such as the bombilla and gourde. I recommend the Canarias brand.

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  • http://www.ameaningfulexistence.com/ Karen

    Hi Tanner,

    I used to drink Yerba Mate years ago but stopped for some reason. Your post made me re-think that and start drinking it again. I know that I definitely have to kick my coffee habit. This will be a good excuse. Plus, I can really use the clarity and focus in my life right now.


    • http://lifedestiny.net/ Tanner @ Life Destiny

      Hey Karen, thanks for stopping over. Yerba will for sure help you slow down on coffee, though I drink a ton of Yerba now that I get a slight headache sometimes if I do not have it once during the day.

  • edwardra3

    I personally swear by more relaxing stuff, like chamomile. I currently don't have the financial wherewithal to be purchasing uncommon herbs that don't grow in North America, but I used to brew an awesome mix of chamomile, valerian, and kava. I found that it encourages more restful sleep. And proper rest will do more to make you feel energetic and clear than any drink ever can.

    • http://lifedestiny.net/ Tanner @ Life Destiny

      Hey Edward, thanks for stopping over. I actually drink chamomile sometimes at night before bed. Not sure if it does much to relax me though.

      Now a combo of chamomile, valerian, and kava sounds something I would like to try.

  • http://www.liscarpenter.com/ Lis Carpenter

    Thank you very much for posting this. I just ran out of my oolong (bought in Japan) that seemed to give me that smooth energy that you talked about. I've been kind of off without it. I'm gonna try Yerba Mate.

    • http://lifedestiny.net/ Tanner @ Life Destiny

      Hey Lis, thanks for stopping by. I have never tried oolong. Any suggestions on brands I could check out online?

      Try the Canarias brand. Tim enjoys the Cruz de Malta and Rosamonte, though I found them to be more tame. I enjoy a good kick in the ass and Canarias definitely gives me that.

      There is actually a 4 Hour Workweek organic set http://shop.samovarlife.com/The_4_Hour_Workweek…

      • http://www.liscarpenter.com/ Lis Carpenter

        Actually no, that was the only Oolong I'd tried (writing's all Japanese). Sorry Tanner, I couldn't recommend one brand over the another. There is always the over-priced, nicely packaged brand, which I'm fairly certain delivers the same benefits http://www.officialwulongtea.com/index.cfm

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  • http://www.kavakona.com/ Kava

    Wow. How I can try one? Please advise. Thanks

  • http://www.kavakona.com/ Kava

    Wow. How I can try one? Please advise. Thanks

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