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Yerba Mate or Matcha? Reap the Benefits

Yerba Mate or Matcha? Reap the Benefits

Yerba Mate and Matcha are vastly different in taste, but are both full of great health benefits! Not sure which one to choose? Take a look at some of these similarities and differences between the two teas.


Yerba Mate is widely popular because of its great taste and excellent benefits. First off, it provides a significant energy boost. According to Deane Alban, yerba mate has 85 milligrams of caffeine per 8 ounces, less than coffee but more than regular tea. Most people find yerba mate to be preferable to coffee because it gives a balanced energy boost without the jitters of coffee.

Matcha is also known for being a huge energy booster because of how matcha’s natural properties combine, drinking matcha will give you energy throughout the day. Matcha has 70 milligrams of caffeine per 8 ounces; however, it provides a similar energy boost to yerba mate. Matcha has all the energy of coffee with no caffeine crash.

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Image by Haley Sullivan
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Mental Clarity

Matcha and yerba mate is known for improving mental clarity and focus, making these teas an excellent choice for the upcoming workday.

Matcha contains the amino acid L-Theanine, which promotes a state of relaxed alertness while reducing stress. Yerba Mate does not contain L-Theanine.


Matcha contains antioxidants, which fight chronic diseases and have anti-aging properties. According to Matcha Source, Matcha contains twenty times the amount of antioxidants as blueberries.

One cup of matcha has the same amount of antioxidants as ten cups of green tea!

Yerba mate is also full of antioxidants. It has more antioxidants than typical green and black teas. According to Panatea, the primary antioxidant is chlorogenic acid, which is known to slow the body’s glucose release.


Catechins are essential aids in preventing cancer. Matcha provides a great source of catechins, making it an excellent way to improve overall health. Yerba mate does not contain any catechins.

Weight Loss

Matcha is an excellent choice for those looking to lose weight. Matcha has is also proven to help speed up metabolism and burn fat. Matcha source explains that drinking matcha causes the body to burn calories at a higher rate.

Yerba Mate can aid in weight loss because it can increase exercise effectiveness. According to Dr. Josh Axe, yerba mate can help reduce body fat mass.

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