Yerba mate contains about half as much caffeine as ground coffee beans and nearly double the amount of caffeine as tea leaves. However, most people react much differently to the caffeine content found within mate due to the other xanthines (a crystalline, nitrogenous compound) found within the plant’s leaves.
Yerba Mate and Caffeine
One cup of coffee contains anywhere from 85 mg to more than 150 mg of caffeine. Some mate varieties contain as little as 25 mg of caffeine, but others contain almost 150 mg--just like coffee. A cup of tea will not usually exceed more than 70 mg of caffeine.
Each person reacts differently to caffeine. This large fluctuation generally occurs because of body weight differences. Strong supporters and scientific research have worked to prove that mate provides many health benefits. Other groups have simply aimed to show how the caffeine content found in yerba mate does not work the same way as coffee.
Yerba Mate Information
Yerba mate has other xanthines besides caffeine, which have shown to reduce the negative effects of consuming too much caffine. Other antioxidants found in the traditional South American beverage can help sooth your body and stimulate the central nervous system. Some studies have connected mate with sustained weight loss when paired with a healthy diet and exercise regimen.