Lionel Messi, Barack Obama, Pope Francis and Cristiano Ronaldo, the world’s most renowned drinkers of Mate must know about its secret benefits for it to be their favourite drink. Yerba mate is an herbal tea made using leaves & twigs of the Ilex paraguariensis plant. Rich in antioxidants and nutrients. The tea is often shared between friends to build a closer bond and create better friendships.
Yerba mate can boost mental focus and energy
Yerba mate with its caffeine content per serving offers more caffeine than your ordinary tea, but less than a cup of coffee, and it is reported to have the benefits of coffee without the jitteriness, if you are looking for a drink replacement for coffee, Yerba Mate stands strong as a superior alternative to traditional hot caffeinated beverages.
Where can I buy Yerba Mate in the UK?
There are many different suppliers of Yerba Mate in the UK, each one with different benefits, Phoenicia Food Hall is one the best renowned suppliers of Yerba Mate in the UK & London, they retail Pipore, an Argentinian imported Mate which is as authentic as Mate gets, and they retail Yerba Mate in London in their store and you can also purchase the infamous tea online, through their partnered same day grocery delivery service.
Aside from its boost in mental focus and antioxidant benefits, there are many more reasons why this beautiful tea is so beneficial, it’s seen in many movies and TV shows from South America with actors drinking from a straw, but why is that?
It can boost immune system levels with its small amounts of vitamin C, vitamin E, selenium, and zinc content which can strengthen the immune system (perfect for current timing!) and studies have shown that Yerba Mate could also reduce cholesterol levels.
How do you prepare Yerba Mate?
Yerba mate is typically served in a container called a gourd, also known as a calabash, sipped through a metal straw with a filter on its lower end to strain out the leaf fragments when it is drunk. You can also purchase the Yerba Mate Gourd directly from Phoenicia Food Hall.
To prepare mate, fill about a third of the gourd or french press container with the dried / roasted mate leaves and add hot water, sweeten it with lemon juice, milk or burnt sugar.
You can also re-use the mate several times before using a new batch of leaves to make use of the tea.