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Yerba Mate Leaf

Yerba Mate Leaf is used in a traditional brew in South America, where it is called "the drink of the gods" and "the green gold of the Indios," by both native South Americans and European settlers. It is used in a drink brew because it has all the health properties of coffee, tea, and chocolate in a single package. Thanks to all of its vitalizing and health benefits, yerba mate can be utilized by athletes for several advantages, which will be discussed in this profile.

Yerba Mate Leaf

How it is made and where it is drank

The leaves of the South American evergreen holly plant are made into the yerba mate brew, and it is considered an important social drink, similar to the way Americans drink Starbucks with friends. For instance, more than 90% of adult Argentinians drink it, and in Uruguay you can walk the streets and see many people drinking it while socializing with friends.

How it works

Yerba mate leaf contains chemicals and caffeine that stimulate the brain, muscles, heart, and other parts of the body, helping a person function better at their daily tasks and workouts. It has a grassy taste like green tea, so don't expect a creamy and sweet flavor. However, it is so popular because it makes a person feel good and energetic, so the average taste is not a problem.

Besides, yerba mate is chalk full of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. For example, it has vitamins A, C, B, E; and it contains minerals like calcium, iron, manganese, magnesium, zinc, and many more. Not only that - it also has such phytonutrients as amino acids, chlorophyll, flavonoids, and tannins. And if all that seems like little, we can also mention that yerba mate contains polyphenol antioxidants.

Benefits of yerba mate

Yerba mate will boost energy, but not the way coffee can make you jittery. What's more, it won't ruin your sleep, as it is considered a balanced stimulant. Therefore, people say they feel clean, calm, and focused after drinking yerba mate.

Unlike many other supplements sold on the market, there are dozens of studies that support yerba mate's health benefits.

Athletic benefits

An athlete can stay healthier, recover faster, feel better, and feed their body with essential vitamins and minerals overall when using yerba mate. Moreover, it is such a great immune system booster that it has been used as a tonic for anything from pain, to fatigue, depression, allergies, and infections. This is possible because yerba mate also has saponins, which are natural emulsifiers.

In addition to that, as an athlete who uses anabolic steroids and takes their training to the extreme, using yerba mate is going to help you be more focused in the gym, protect your heart and lipid health, and keep your vitality and immune system strong.

Consequently, all of the above mentioned makes yerba mate a great option for athletes who want something to keep them focused, alert and stimulated without the side effects of pre-workout supplements that make them jittery and ruin their sleep.

Additional benefits

Yerba mate acts as a safe stimulant that can lessen appetite and increase insulin sensitivity, resulting in a loss of body fat. It has also been shown to boost heart health, and with its antioxidant properties, it will help balance lipids.

Side effects

If used properly, yerba mate is perfectly safe. Nonetheless, if you suffer from existing anxiety or slow clotting, you should be careful with your caffeine intake. Although yerba mate is far safer than other caffeinated drinks, it can still be abused to the point where it would be an issue.


There isn't an exact dosage, but most athletes will use 200-400 milligrams (mga) per day. Yerba mate works especially well when stacked with other support supplements.

Where to find

I suggest N2Guard, it contains 200mg's of yerba mate leaf per serving, plus dozens of additional ingredients, all of which make it a very potent support supplement. I use it daily in my supplement regiment.


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Lev Butlerov holds a Masters Degree in Biology, he is NASM Certified, ISSA Certified, The National Council on Strength & Fitness (NCSF) certified and is currently working on his American Council on Exercise (ACE) certificate. From Lev: I love bodybuilding and the biology, chemistry of the industry. It's my hobby and my love. I have done multiple bodybuilding shows, 2 in Germany in the past 5 years. I hope everyone enjoys my articles. In 2021 (going into 2022, 2023) I will be working on my PhD thesis in physiotherapy and biochemistry, I hope to have some of the bits published here.

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