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Yerba Mate Benefits for Your Brain

Yerba Mate Nootropic Benefits

Yerba mate has a number of benefits for cognitive function which are backed by science as well as centuries of anecdotal use.


  1. Improve Your Memory

Have a hard time remembering names and faces, where you left your keys, or recollecting what you learned in that training session today at the office?  Yerba mate may be able to help.

This animal research study demonstrated that oral administration of yerba mate tea leaves was able to boost short-term social memory.  Researchers concluded that these results “substantiate the traditional use of mate tea for improvement of cognition.”  While the scientists were unable to conclude with certainty exactly howyerba mate boosts memory, their research indicated that the likely mechanism involves adenosine receptors.

  1. Boost Your Mood

Feeling down in the dumps?  Stress and depression can adversely impact your cognitive performance, clouding your mind and compromising good judgment.  If you can improve your mood, you can clear your mind.

According to this book, yerba mate can help you to do just that.  Yerba mate effectively enhances mood, leading to improvements in brain function.

As a bonus, when you are functioning at your best, you have one less thing to feel depressed about.  That in turn leads to even more improvements in cognitive function.  Think of yerba mate as a shortcut for getting your life back on track.  Depression and cognitive decline are a vicious cycle.  Yerba mate puts the breaks on that cycle and throws it in reverse!

  1. Protect Your Brain Health and (Potentially) Treat Epilepsy

If you suffer from epilepsy or another condition which causes seizures, it is possible that yerba mate can prevent future episodes or reduce their severity.

Here is a promising animal research study on yerba mate and seizures.  When researchers administered yerba mate to rats with PTZ-induced seizures, they were able to reduce the frequency of those episodes.  Furthermore, they found that the yerba mate treatments provided a layer of protection to the cerebral cortex, hippocampus, and cerebellum, shielding them against oxidative damage.

The scientists who conducted this study stated that “these results indicate that yerba mate will provide further insights into neuroprotective compounds and may lead to the development of therapeutic approaches in the pharmaceutical area for patients with epilepsy.”

  1. Stimulate Cognitive Function with Caffeine

Caffeine is one of the most well-known cognitive stimulants in the world, and for good reason.  The science is solid!

When you drink yerba mate or coffee, caffeine travels through your bloodstream into your brain.

Once it arrives, it blocks a neurotransmitter called adenosine (you may recall that this is the same mechanism the researchers who studied yerba mate’s impact on memory were looking at).

This is a good thing, since adenosine is an inhibitory neurotransmitter.  When you block it with a dose of caffeine, your body actually increases production of other neurotransmitters such as dopamine and norepinephrine.  This in turn increases neuronal firing.

Numerous other studies back up caffeine’s cognitive benefits for mood and performance.

  1. Deliver a Megadose of Nutrition to Your Brain and Entire Body

Guayaki reports that yerba mate leaves contain 24 vitamins and minerals, 15 amino acids, and an abundance of antioxidants.  One study conducted by the Pasteur Institute and Paris Scientific Society concluded that yerba mate arguably has the highest nutritional value of any plant in the entire world.  That study was conducted clear back in 1964, but it holds true today that yerba mate is still one of the healthiest things you can consume.

Oxidative damage to the brain is one of the leading causes of cognitive decline as you grow older.  The more antioxidants you take in, the more protection you provide yourself with against the effects of age.

Yerba Mate is very popular among university students in Argentina and slowly but surely becoming so in the US.

Taken from http://www.nootropic.org/

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