Have you ever tried mate? This drink has become extremely popular in Europe since the 2010s. It is believed to possess numerous virtues. MyZen TV uncovers all the benefits of mate.

What is mate?

A traditional South American drink, mate is made by infusing the leaves of yerba mate, a tree belonging to the same family as the holly.

Not to be confused with tea, mate does not contain any theine! In fact, in the South American tradition, yerba mate leaves were chewed before the practice of brewing them was introduced.

How to prepare mate?

To prepare mate, you need to have a few essential accessories:

  • The calabash: a rounded gourd that is used for preparing and drinking mate.
  • The bombilla: a metal straw that is used to sip mate.

Fill your calabash with mate leaves and gently shake off any excess powder using your hand. Then tilt the container to one side, allowing the leaves to gather on that side. Add cold water to the leaves, making sure to leave some empty space. Insert the bombilla into the empty portion of the calabash. Finally, pour simmering water into the calabash. Your mate is now ready to be enjoyed!

The benefits of mate

Mate is a natural stimulant and energizer that can help improve concentration and provide a gentle boost. Brewed mate contains approximately 80 mg of caffeine, which is slightly less than the caffeine content in an espresso.

However, mate also contains vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that can contribute to boosting the body's immune system. Additionally, mate's diuretic properties may aid digestion and help counteract water retention.

Now you know all about the benefits of mate!

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