Caffeine and the Adrenal System: We heart Yerba Mate

Who can’t wake up without their cup of coffee in the morning? *raises hand* The caffeine in your favourite latte/cappuccino/artisan ristretto with foamed almond milk (delete as fits your style) makes us feel energetic by stimulating the nervous system to release the hormones adrenaline and cortisol. Small amounts of caffeine are shown to increase mental alertness, improve athletic performance and benefit the cardiovascular system.

BUT, before you reach for that third cup, note that repetitive over-consumption of caffeine places stress on the nervous system which cannot recover between periods of stimulation. The bad news? This could lead to the onset of conditions such as adrenal and chronic fatigue in addition to that mid-afternoon energy ‘slump’.

But don’t despair! Compared to a cup of coffee which comes in at between 95-200 milligrams of caffeine per cup, yerba mate contains 30-40 milligrams per serving. This amount provides a calm clarity rather than over-caffeinated buzz. Think matcha… but better, IMHO.

Mate is also an adaptogen with its energising effects coming from theobromine and theophylline – they help counterbalance the stimulant effects to soothe the nervous system.

And for you science buffs, mate is a potent antioxidant contributing to your body’s natural defences [with an Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC) value of 1,704 μ mol TE/100g] (whoa) and contains other botanicals to support optimum health such as quercetin which balances the release of histamine within the body.

Moreover, mate isn’t associated with the tummy irritating effects that some people experience when consuming coffee.

Final bonus? Additional studies also suggest mate can improve fat metabolism when consumed before exercise.

Conclusion? Drink up! We love Yuyo’s tea-style Yerba Mate and our very own ENERGY blend in your favourite recipes.