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Can You Take Yerba Mate Before Working Out?

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Yerba Mate Work Out

One question I often hear about Yerba Mate is "is it safe to drink and can I use it before working out?" The green drink is very healthy and provides many health benefits, however, not many people know the side effects of it or if if taking Yerba Mate as a pre-workout supplement is okay to do. Well, I hope to answer all these questions for you.

What is Yerba Mate Tea?

First, let's discuss just what this green stuff is. It is from South American tea leaves. According to Guayaki.com, for centuries, South American tribes have sipped yerba mate from a traditional mate gourd for its rejuvenative effects. A Yerba Mate tea gourd, or a calabash gourd, is an actual vine grown and harvested mature, dried, and used as a bottle, utensil, or pipe, in this case for tea. Tribal folks have found

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Yerba Mate to increase their focus, alertness and provide nourishment.

Yerba Mate contains caffeine like coffee and green tea does, however, it contains much less caffeine. It contains many vitamins and antioxidants as well, so it is considered very healthy to drink!

What are the Risks of Drinking Yerba Mate?

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According to MayoClinic.org, smoking in combination with drinking it can greatly increase the risk of cancer. However, they also state that the occasional use of yerba mate "probably poses no serious risks for healthy adults." And why would you smoke anyway if you want to be healthy?

I've never experienced "caffeine jitters" from drinking it and I've read that it is uncommon, but if you're sensitive to stimulants you should be more careful when drinking.

Can I take Yerba Mate as a Pre-Workout Supplement?


his is something I've heard frequently from friends. The truth is that yes, you can take Yerba Mate for fat burning and energy for a work out! It contains ingredients such as mateine and caffeine that will give you extra energy, and it may also increase your metabolism.

Maybe you will consider replacing coffee with Yerba Mate? Please consult with your doctor before working it into your diet.

How Do I Drink Yerba Mate?

It is quite simple. First, you need to place your dry leaves into your goard. Then you put a little bit of cold water to moisten the leaves.  Next, simply pour hot water (not boiling) until all the leaves are covered.

Rather than removing the leaves, you will sip the tea through a straw called a bombilla, which contains a filter at the bottom, preventing the leaves going through the straw.

Is Yerba Mate expensive? Thankfully, it is not! You can buy the dry leaves, gourd and bombilla on Amazon, and they last quite a long time.

I hope you enjoyed this article on the health benefits and side effects of Yerba Mate, and the benefits of taking it before working out!



Sep 24, 2012 8:47pm
I will have to look into trying Yerba Mate. I have never heard of this before but I am fond of Green Tea and this looks to be similar. Nice article, thanks.
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