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Focused Energy - mint, sage and mate

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How would you like it if your thinking were sharper, your attention more clear, and you had more mental energy to burn without any chemical intervention? We have carefully mixed three legendary herbs to achieve this goal. This is backed with science-based results, and the benefits of these herbs have been known for centuries.

Focused energy tea is a perfect composition to start your day. You will have better endurance, get more done, and achieve your personal goals more smoothly. This incredible handmade herbal mixture will improve your physical endurance, and will help you to stay focused and attentive all day without crashing.

There is no better way to start your morning routine.

Ingredients: mate, mint and sage

Mate leaves  provides an energy boost that is similar to coffee, but with less caffeine and more nutrients. It is a traditional South American brew that’s been said to offer the “strength of coffee, the health benefits of tea, and the euphoria of chocolate” all in one beverage. It was called “the drink of the Gods” by many indigenous South Americans, and later “the green gold of the Indios” by European settlers.

Mint is one of the most widely-consumed single ingredient herbal teas in the world. Mint tea brewed from the plant leaves, is frequently used in traditional medicines. It is often used in oral care for its smell and antibacterial effects. 

Sage is a herb which is native to the Mediterranean. It belongs to the same family as rosemary, lavender, oregano, thyme and basil.

For a long time, sage species have been used in traditional medicine for protecting the body against oxidative stress, and for the relief of pain, angiogenesis, free radical damages, inflammation, virus and bacterial infections, etc. Several studies suggest that sage should be considered for drug development, because of their reported pharmacology and therapeutic activities in many countries of the Middle East and Asia, particularly in China and India. These studies propose that sage, in addition to treating minor common illnesses, could potentially provide novel and natural treatments for the relief or cure of many serious and life-threatening diseases such as dementia, depression, obesity, lupus, diabetes, heart disease and cancer. (24)

Recommendations: if you want to re-steep this tea, leave some water in the teapot along with tea material. This will prevent oxidation, meaning the taste and smell will retain the highest quality.

This tea can be easily prepared with a French press to stop leaves getting into your cup. To obtain a better toning effect from this tea, inhale its vapor while drinking it. For a more intense taste, you can add meadow or other light / not dominant taste of honey.

Refill frequency: you can steep the same tea ingredients up to 2 times. First steeping 70 °C / 158 °F for 5 mins, second steeping 80 °C / 176 °F for 7 mins.

SCIENCE-BASED HEALTH BENEFITS OF FOCUSED ENERGY HERBAL MIX:

Smooth increase of energy 

Yerba mate is mostly known for supporting an energy boost that’s been described as gentle, clean, and calm. Compared to the other most commonly-used stimulants in the world —cocoa, coffee, guarana, tea and kola nut — yerba mate delivers a more balanced and smooth energy boost. The consumers of yerba mate experience a state of alert wakefulness similar to that of coffee, but without coffee’s side effects. It rarely disturbs the sleep and doesn’t cause caffeine shaking. Athletes sometimes use it to increase their physical performance. (1) It may be that you have heard that yerba mate contains no caffeine, but this is not true. It contains around 85 mg of caffeine per 8-ounce cup, which is less than coffee but more than regular tea. (2)

 

Boost of mental functions and memory 

Among many herbal extracts, sage is known for its beneficial effects on depression, memory disorders and cerebral ischemia. Common forms of Chinese sage and Spanish sage have been used for many years as restoratives for lost or declining mental functions, such as those occurring in Alzheimer’s disease.

One study showed that sage improves the memory and cognition. If you consume more of it, your mood and sense of contentedness will become elevated, as well as experiencing calmness and alertness. A randomised, double-blind clinical study has shown that an ethanolic extract from common sage, as well as from Spanish sage, is useful in the control of mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease. Research on patients did not show any adverse effects from taking sage. The consumption of Spanish sage has also been reported to be a useful tool in improving the speed of memory and creating a better mood. (24)

Besides caffeine, yerba mate also contains two related compounds: theobromine and theophylline. These three alkaloids work together to supply some unique, mild stimulant effects. (6) Yerba mate has a strong reputation among brain hackers who are seeking to optimise their mental performance with something that gives them an edge.

 

Nutritional powerhouse loaded with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants

Antioxidants are very important in protecting the body against oxidative stress and free radical-induced damage, which are the causes of various forms of sickness such as heart diseases, diabetes, cancer, brain dysfunctions, a weakened immune system and others.

In a study related to the antioxidant activity of many plant extracts, including sage, it was found that phenolic and flavonoid compounds are mostly responsible for the antioxidant and free radical scavenging effects of these plants.

Sage has been studied intensively for its antioxidant properties. It has been found that this plant is related to the presence of carnosic and rosmarinic acids. It is also important to mention that salvianolic acid, which is a rosmarinic acid dimer, shows a high antioxidant activity when isolated from the sage extract and is a very important scavenger of free radicals.

The study also showed that after drinking sage tea for 2 weeks, the liver antioxidant status improved. (24)

Yerba mate consists of many nutrition elements which help to sustain a healthy lifestyle. Each serving of mate contains the following vitamins and minerals:

vitamin A, vitamins B1, B2, B3, and B5, vitamin C, vitamin E, calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, sodium, sulphur and zinc.

It also contains other beneficial phytonutrients, such as trace minerals, tannins, chlorophyll, flavonoids and 15 amino acids. Yerba mate contains 11 polyphenols and exhibits more antioxidant power than any other tea drink in the world.  (7)

 

Strong bones  without exercise

Daily consumption of yerba mate tea increases the bone density, even without casual exercise. This is an astonishing discovery, since caffeine is associated with bone mineral loss and exercise has been deemed critical for building strong bones. One study found that postmenopausal women, a group particularly at risk for osteoporosis, who regularly drank yerba mate tea had an almost 10% greater bone density in their spines than women who didn’t drink it. (15) Neither group of women had a specific workout regimen.

 

Help in losing weight and obesity control

Nutritional and exercise lifestyle strategies are the primary tools for weight control, fat loss and overall health optimisation. However, some anti-atherogenic and weight-loss properties have been associated with the regular consumption of yerba mate, including vasodilation, anti-oxidation, a reduction in blood lipids, and other anti-glycation and anti-mutagenic benefits, as well as reduced risks of lifestyle diseases including diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular disease.

Combining yerba mate consumption with regular exercise as part of a targeted “fat-loss” regime can improve your personal effectiveness and improves feelings of satiety and your mood. Such a positive combination of satiety, metabolic and psychomotor effects could provide an essential role in designing future weight-loss lifestyle interventions. (11) / (12)

In the several studies related to the anti-obese components found in natural medicines, the extract of sage leaves showed an inhibitory effect on the pancreatic lipase activity, and eventually was effective in lowering the body weight and fighting obesity. (24)

Kills cancer cells

The crucial factor in the generating and spreading of cancer cells is the ability of tumours to generate a high number of new blood vessels, which is known as angiogenesis. Most primary solid tumours are dependent on angiogenesis for their growth, survival, invasion and metastasis. It was found in a study that sage extract, at pharmacological concentrations, represses the angiogenesis in vivo, which could be a novel starting point for the evolution of a new anti-angiogenic drug. Ursolic acid, which is found in sage, effectively inhibits angiogenesis, metastasis, the invasion of tumour cells and suppresses the lung colonisation of B16 melanoma cells in vivo.

The useful effects of drinking sage herbal tea on the prevention of colon cancer were studied in rats. In this case, it was found that the sage water extract strongly decreased the oxidative H2O2-induced DNA damage in vitro. (24)

Yerba mate consists of several known anti-cancer compounds, such as ursolic acid, saponins, tannin, rutin, chlorophyll and chlorogenic acid. (17) Adding yerba mate extract to human colon cancer cells in a test tube leads to the self-destruction of the cancer cells. (18)

 

Allergies

The mint herb has an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant agent, which is called rosmarinic acid. This agent has been studied for its effectiveness in relieving seasonal allergy symptoms, which could be a promising natural treatment for this annoying disease. (19)

Mint also contains menthol, which is a natural aromatic decongestant. It helps to break up phlegm and mucous, making it more comfortable to expel. (20) Menthol also has a cooling effect and can help lighten a sore throat, especially when it is consumed as a hot tea drink.

Yerba mate is rich in certain compounds which are called saponins. Saponins are natural emulsifiers that boost the immune system and have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. (8) Yerba mate also has potent antioxidants known as polyphenols. (9) These plant-based compounds control the overactive immune system response that contributes to seasonal allergies, multiple sclerosis, inflammatory bowel disease, diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis. (10)

Common cold

In many countries, sage has been used in traditional medicines to treat diabetes. Its glucose-lowering effects have demonstrated excellent results in animal studies. It has been found that the methanolic extracts of sage considerably decreased the serum glucose in Type I diabetic rats without affecting the pancreatic insulin production. Furthermore, an aqueous extract of sage has been found to exhibit insulin-like activities.

A study with the participants drinking sage tea (300 ml, twice a day) showed an increase in the antioxidant defences and an improvement of the lipid profile, without causing any hepatotoxicity or inducing any adverse effects. There were also positive changes in the blood pressure, body weight and heart rate, which may indirectly improve the diabetic condition. Tea infusions of sage have shown to be just as effective as metformin, which is an essential anti-diabetic drug that plays a vital role in the treatment of Type II diabetes and acts by lowering the liver glucose production as well as increasing the action of insulin. (24)

 

Digestive and elimination tonic, Indigestion and gas and gastric uclers

Mint is a relaxing herb that has been used for thousands of years to help with indigestion and upset stomach. The mint herb is also useful in relieving pain and discomfort from bloating and gas.

In a study using animals, menthol was found to help in protecting the lining of the stomach from the harmful effects of ethanol and indomethacin, giving it a potential role in the prevention of gastric ulcers associated with alcohol consumption and the regular use of painkillers. (22)

Based on the medicinal use of sage in diarrhoea and abdominal spasms, a crude extract of sage was tested for its antispasmodic and anti-diarrheal activities using in vitro and in vivo research. (24)

One of the main benefits of yerba mate is the treatment of diarrhoea, constipation and indigestion. It has an antibacterial effect against E. coli, which is one of the most common causes of food poisoning. (13) At least one saponin found in yerba mate kills intestinal parasites. (14)

 

Cholesterol

The metabolite profile of S. miltiorrhiza, or Chinese sage, is similar to that of common sage. Recently, it was shown that an extract of S. miltiorrhiza sage was able to lower the plasma cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein and triglycerides, as well as to increase the high-density lipoprotein levels in lipidemic rats. Extracts from some sage species have demonstrated effectiveness in the prevention of cardiovascular disease due to, at least in part, the prevention of LDL-cholesterol oxidation. (24)

Mint assists in increasing the bile secretion and encourages bile flow, which helps to speed up and ease digestion and may also support healthy cholesterol levels. (21)

Healthy heart

Yerba mate is useful for heart-related conditions including an irregular heartbeat, heart failure and low blood pressure. What is essential is that its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties protect the cardiovascular system and the heart. (16) The theobromine in yerba mate relaxes the blood vessels, which helps create a better blood flow.

Oral health

Mint is a natural breath freshener and an anti-microbial agent. According to research studies, mint has germicidal qualities, and it quickly makes the breath more pleasant. (23) It also assists to improve oral health by suppressing the growth of harmful bacterial inside the mouth and by cleaning the teeth and the tongue. This is the reason why it is recommended to rub this herb directly on the teeth and gums, to refresh the mouth and to kill harmful bacteria. In modern times, for the same reason, menthol is one of the most common ingredients in toothpaste, mouthwashes and other mouth hygiene products.

A study designed to find the antibacterial results of sage against selected food spoiling bacteria in vitro pointed out that the sage water extract had a significant antibacterial impact, and it was most effective against Bacillus subtilis, Bacillus mycoides, Enterobacter cloacae and Proteus sp.

The results of this study support the view that the hydroalcoholic extract of S. officinalis sage has a growth inhibitory impact on some dental caries-causing bacteria, such as Lactobacillus rhamnosus, Streptococcus mutans and Actinomyces viscosus. Based on this study, and given the global interest in using traditional treatments instead of chemical solutions, S. officinalis sage with its bactericidal effects could be a natural option for the treatment of diseases which affect the teeth and mouth.

The results of the study showed that sage, together with other plant extracts, acted similarly to synthetic preservatives. It is good to know that the aqueous extract of S. officinalis sage may be used in biotechnology as a natural preservative ingredient in the food industry. (24)

Hot flashes

Sage has been traditionally used to treat menopausal hot flashes and sweating, as well as to alleviate the associated menopausal symptoms. A multi-centre open clinical trial proved the effectiveness of sage for the treatment of hot flashes during menopause. A fresh sage preparation also showed clinical value in the treatment of hot flashes and the associated menopausal symptoms. (24)

LIST OF REFERENCES

List of references:

  1. Yerba Maté (Illex Paraguariensis) ingestion augments fat oxidation and energy expenditure during exercise at various submaximal intensities, Alkhatib; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. 2014.
  2. https://www.caffeineinformer.com/caffeine-content/yerba-mate 
  3. James, J. E. (1997). Behavioral medicine & health psychology, Vol. 2. Understanding caffeine: A biobehavioral analysis.Thousand Oaks, CA, US: Sage Publications, Inc.
  4. Caffeine: Cognitive and Physical Performance Enhancer or Psychoactive Drug?, Simone Cappelletti 2015.
  5. Caffeine and the central nervous system: mechanisms of action, biochemical, metabolic and psychostimulant effects, Nehlig A, Daval JL, Debry G., INSERM U 272 Université de Nancy I, France, 1992.
  6. Health Benefits of Methylxanthines in Cacao and Chocolate, Rafael Franco, Ainhoa Oñatibia-Astibia, and Eva Martínez-Pinilla, 2013 .
  7. Yerba Mate Tea (Ilex paraguariensis): A Comprehensive Review on Chemistry, Health Implications, and Technological Considerations, C.I. Heck E.G. De Mejia, 2007.
  8. Saponins in yerba mate tea ( Ilex paraguariensis A. St.-Hil) and quercetin synergistically inhibit iNOS and COX-2 in lipopolysaccharide-induced macrophages through NFkappaB pathways, Puangpraphant and de Mejia EG, 2009.
  9. Plant polyphenols as dietary antioxidants in human health and disease, Kanti Bhooshan Pandey and Syed Ibrahim Rizvicorresponding, 2009.
  10. Modulation of Immune Function by Polyphenols: Possible Contribution of Epigenetic Factors, Alejandro Cuevas, Nicolás Saavedra, Luis A. Salazar and Dulcineia S. P. Abdalla2, 2013.
  11. Yerba Maté (Ilex paraguariensis) Metabolic, Satiety, and Mood State Effects at Rest and during Prolonged Exercise, Ahmad Alkhatib and Roisin Atcheson, 2017.
  12. The Positive Effects of Yerba Maté (Ilex paraguariensis) in Obesity, Alessandra Gambero and Marcelo L. Ribeiro, 2015.
  13. Aqueous extracts of yerba mate (Ilex paraguariensis) as a natural antimicrobial against Escherichia coli O157:H7 in a microbiological medium and pH 6.0 apple juice, Burris KP1, Davidson PM, Stewart CN Jr, Zivanovic S, Harte FM, 2012.
  14. Yerba Mate Tea (Ilex paraguariensis): A Comprehensive Review on Chemistry, Health Implications, and Technological Considerations, C.I. Heck E.G. De Mejia, 2007.
  15. Yerba Mate (Ilex paraguariensis) consumption is associated with higher bone mineral density in postmenopausal women, Conforti AS1, Gallo ME, Saraví FD, 2012.
  16. Protective effect of yerba mate intake on the cardiovascular system: a post hoc analysis study in postmenopausal women, D.T.A. da Veiga, R. Bringhenti, R. Copes, E. Tatsch, R.N. Moresco, F.V. Comim, and M.O. Premaor, 2018.
  17. Yerba Mate Tea (Ilex paraguariensis): A Comprehensive Review on Chemistry, Health Implications, and Technological Considerations, C.I. Heck E.G. De Mejia, 2007.
  18. Dicaffeoylquinic acids in Yerba mate (Ilex paraguariensis St. Hilaire) inhibit NF-κB nucleus translocation in macrophages and induce apoptosis by activating caspases-8 and -3 in human colon cancer cells, Puangpraphant, Berhow MA, Vermillion K, Potts G and Gonzalez de Mejia E., 2011.
  19. Anti-inflammatory and anti-allergic effect of rosmarinic acid (RA); inhibition of seasonal allergic rhinoconjunctivitis (SAR) and its mechanism, Osakabe N1, Takano H, Sanbongi C, Yasuda A, Yanagisawa R, Inoue K and Yoshikawa T., 2004.
  20. Effect of aromatics on lung mucociliary clearance in patients with chronic airways obstruction, A. Hasani et al., J Altern Complement Med, published April 2003.
  21. Research on choleretic effect of menthol, menthone, pluegone, isomenthone, and limonene in DanShu capsule, G. Hu et al., Int Immunopharmacol, doi: 10.1016/j.intimp.2014.12.001, published online 12 December 2014.
  22. Effect of menthol in experimentally induced ulcers: pathways of gastroprotection, AL Rozza et al., Chem Biol Interact, doi: 10.1016/j.cbi.2013.10.003, published online 9 October 2013.
  23. Reduction of oral malodor by oxidizing lozenges, Greenstein, Goldberg S, Marku-Cohen S, Sterer N and Rosenberg M., 1997.
  24. Chemistry, Pharmacology, and Medicinal Property of Sage (Salvia) to Prevent and Cure Illnesses such as Obesity, Diabetes, Depression, Dementia, Lupus, Autism, Heart Disease, and Cancer, Mohsen Hamidpour, Rafie Hamidpour, Soheila Hamidpour and Mina Shahlari, 2014.

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12/07/2018
Dan

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Happy that I found this tea! Already tired of coffee and green tea

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12/05/2018
Abi

Thank you!

Great service, fast shipping! The tea helps me before exams when I have to stay tuned 24/7 lol. I'm too sensitive for coffee so this is a perfect option for me. 5 stars product!

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02/07/2017
Tom

Extra energy

This tea really makes me feel focused and energyzed :blush::ok_hand::tea:

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12/09/2016
Angella

Always have it in my bag

I love the taste of this tea !

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12/08/2016
Tim

Cosmic blaster !

Maaan, I've putted 10 tea spoons of this tea to try how strong it can be - don't ever try this experiment :D After about 10 minutes, it has blasted my ass off lol. My house is all clean, my jobs have been done and still I'm burning inside. Typing my girlfriend to come over right now haha

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