Yerba mate is recommend by professionals of alternative medicine for treatment of intense headaches known as migraines.
Yerba mate has South American origins. It is also known as the tea of the Jesuits. This plant is rich in alkaloid compounds that are very similar to caffeine. Therefore, it has stimulating effects, but due to its chemical composition its effects aren’t as strong and potent as coffee’s.
Yerba mate has been used for many years as a drink with powerful energizing effects. In traditional medicine, it has been recommended for weight loss, fatigue in intellectual performance, and treatment for depression and headaches, especially the very strong headaches that cause migraines.
Yerba Mate Relieves Migraines!
Scientists believe that yerba mate can relieve migraines thanks to its high content of alkaloids like caffeine, theobromine, and theophylline, which are reduced by another compound called xanthene. Experts recommend consuming less than two hundred milligrams of alkaloids during the day to control migraines.
Other scientists think that the caffeine that yerba mate contains has the ability to relieve this intense pain due to the union of this substance with adenosine receptors that are found in nerve cells. This neurotransmitter called adenosine has the great ability to dilate blood vessels found in the neck and head, which allows for a greater blood flow. It prevents pressure from building, which is the cause of intense headaches.
Keep in mind that people that drink a lot of caffeinated beverages can get bad headaches that may be caused by the excess of this substance.
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