HealthSwap your coffee for these health-boosting alternatives: Cocoa, Matcha, and Yerba Mate

Swap your coffee for these health-boosting alternatives: Cocoa, Matcha, and Yerba Mate

Cocoa is one of the best substitutes for coffee.
Cocoa is one of the best substitutes for coffee.
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6:04 AM EST, January 4, 2024

In recent years, health-conscious individuals have been exploring alternatives to traditional coffee, seeking beverages that offer both a stimulating effect and added health benefits. Among these alternatives, cocoa, matcha, and yerba mate stand out for their unique properties and rich histories. This article delves into how swapping your daily coffee for these options can enhance your well-being, offering a blend of energy and nutritional perks.

Unsweetened Cocoa

Consider cocoa, which contains caffeine and theobromine to aid in concentration.

What's more, cocoa is a rich source of polyphenols, known for their powerful antioxidant properties. These polyphenols protect cells from the harmful effects of free radicals, slowing down cell aging and contributing to overall health and well-being.

Cocoa is also a copper and zinc source, essential for collagen production and the smooth functioning of the immune, circulatory, skeletal, and nervous systems.

Further benefits of cocoa include protection against heart diseases and certain types of cancer, reduced blood pressure, improved brain blood flow, improved digestive system functioning, mood elevation, and improved glucose metabolism.

Matcha

A gentler yet long-lasting alternative to coffee is Matcha.

Matcha is made from dried and powdered tea leaves that grow under specific conditions. It contains substantial vitamins and minerals, including vitamins C and E, beta-carotene, magnesium, potassium, calcium, and iron.

With more antioxidants than most known products, matcha is a potent source of catechins, especially EGCG, known for their antioxidant, anti-cancer, and metabolism-accelerating effects.

Regular consumption of matcha enhances brain function, improves concentration, memory, and learning ability, has a calming effect, reduces stress, lowers harmful cholesterol levels, and aids in maintaining heart health.

Yerba Mate

Yerba mate, a South American brew made from the leaves and twigs of the Paraguayan holly, makes for an excellent coffee substitute. Though it doesn't contain caffeine, it's rich in natural stimulants like theobromine (also found in cocoa) and theophylline.

Yerba mate boosts energy, improves memory and concentration, speeds up metabolism, assists heart function, supports the immune system, and is antioxidant-rich.

In many flavor variants, yerba mate can be a delightful option for those who are not fans of its traditional taste.

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