ANSWER – YERBA MATE
Yes, that’s correct. All these famous personalities might have different professions and lifestyles but they all drink yerba mate. It is because mate has got something for everyone, even if it’s the Best footballer in the world or former president of United States of America.
The tea like beverage made from the dried leaves of the yerba mate plant is loaded with vital minerals and vitamins. Scientifically known as ilex parguaruariensis the plant is peculiar to parts of Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay. The tea has deep cultural significance in those parts of the world but with it being consumed by top celebrities it is slowly coming to urban households all over the world.
Athletes need to follow strict regimes and diets to perform at the best level. For them, every minute addition to their daily lifestyle can cause a huge impact on the field and eventually the outcome of the game. One of these minute details that they have incorporated in their lifestyle but has gone unnoticed is them drinking Yerba Mate.
You must have seen footballers on social media stepping off a bus or inspecting the pitch with a calabash gourd in their hands and a thermos flask under their arm. Yes, that’s them drinking yerba mate. Not just Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo but most of the most successful footballers love mate. But why? Why do all the best footballers in the world want to drink this powerful herb before and after a game?
Yerba mate contains a moderate amount of caffeine, known to enhance energy level. Yerba Mate contains the compounds theobromine and theophylline which work together to give a naturally occurring stimulant, which has a smoother, longer-lasting energy effect than caffeine. This is ideal for footballers, who have to maintain high energy levels for at least 90 minutes when playing a match.
A study also demonstrated the potential effects of yerba mate on reducing muscle fatigue and a faster recovery time between exercises. This is because mate slows down the process of releasing lactic acid in the body. Lactic acid is often experienced during or following a rigorous exercise. Lactic acid is often the result of normal metabolism. Oxygen in the blood is required to convert glucose into energy. Whenever there is insufficient oxygen, the body breaks down glucose without oxygen, resulting in lactic acid. A buildup of lactic acid can make muscles feel sore or tired. Regular yerba mate consumption also helps keep lactic acid from building up in your muscles so you can decrease post workout soreness and cut your recovery time.
Symbol of Bonding:
Yerba Mate is the symbol of togetherness, especially in Latin America. It is usually shared amongst friends, where one person makes the drink, tastes it and passes it on. This tradition has entered the locker room of many top clubs especially due the south American influence. This beautiful culture has nothing but harnessed better team bonding and chemistry and thus you will see players usually enjoying in groups with one cup being passed around.
YERBA MATE HAS SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE
Apart from top athletes you might have seen the likes of Obama, Pope Francis, James Hetfield and many more sip on yerba mate. One of the major reasons why it has been incorporated in their lifestyle is because the ceremonial drink has formed a deep relationship with them. Rightly referred to as the gods drink. Yerba mate drinkers have this aura around them which is tough encapsulate in words. The polyphenols and the xanthines combined create such a powerful drink in itself which is tough to ignore. Once a part of your lifestyle you do notice that it increases mental focus and alertness. Yerba mate is a very special energy source, which stimulates neurons and promotes brain activity, conscious awareness, memory and reasoning. Theobromine and theophylline, these alkaloids have relaxing effects which help regulate all body systems and can minimize stress levels. And by stressing less, you’re clearing your mind, which means you can up your focus and get work done. The minerals, vitamins, antioxidants, animo acids and polphenols found in this beverage have a balancing effect on the caffeine it contains. So it seems that yerba mate’s restorative effect on mind and body is superior to other drinks containing caffeine; as it has a double effect that is both stimulating and relaxing at the same time. Drinking mate throughout the day can be energizing and stimulating but also calming.