I’ve recently discovered Yebra Mate, which seems to be a promising, inexpensive stimulant which does seem to work well for me.
I’ve been drinking a cup or three of this tea daily for about a week and have noticed that overall throughout the day I do feel more engaged, focused, and generally energetic in a way that coffee or caffeine consumption doesn’t cause. This may be in part due to weak MAOI-b activity. I notice the effects long after the caffeine would’ve been processed fully, sometimes 10 hours later I am still feeling more engaged as a whole.
My shortwinded research has shown mixed things about this. Some things are good, caused by the caffeine and antioxidants in the herbs, some things are bad, like compromised liver health and throat cancers after long term consumption.
The cancer risk seems to stem from the preparation, whether herb has been smoked or not, and how hot the liquid is when it is consumed.
After reading the recent article here about over consuming antioxidants it got me wondering whether or not I should be drinking this stuff. It reportedly has a very high concentration of antioxidants, significantly more than green tea.
I’m wondering if anyone has any input on the compromised liver health aspect, or the antioxidant part. I do like the stuff, but don’t want to be drinking something for a temporary gain that sacrifices my long term health.
This post was kind of jumbled but did touch on most of the points. Please do respond with your experiences using this, or any research showing the risks/benefits of the plant.