After months of going at a slower pace, getting back to (almost) pre-pandemic life can feel like a real shock to the system. Coffee, traditional energy drinks, chocolate – all can give a temporary boost but often at the cost of the slump that follows, and with shop shelves rammed with energy boosting products it can be difficult to choose. But now there’s a new kid on the block – Ikó. Not only does it give you an energy boost, but also a mental sharpness, calmness, improved mood and focus derived from natural ingredients. The secret to it’s power? Yerba Mate (pronounced mar-tay).
Yerba Mate is a type of South American green tea, favoured by the likes of footballers Lionel Messi, Luis Saurez, Sergio Aguero, Paul Pogba and Neymar to name a few, and it has even made its way into the England national side. Why? Here’s the science bit. Packed with a unique combination of caffeine, theorbromine (the stimulant found in chocolate) and theophylline which helps absorb oxygen keeping you focused, as well as a spectrum of vitamins and minerals, Yerba Mate gives the buzz of coffee, with the joy of chocolate accompanied by a serene calmness. Sounds good right? Well, yes and no.
The problem is that the tea itself has a bitter, acquired taste which Ikó’s founder, Ralph de Lisle believed would potentially be a turn off for many, as well as a complicated preparation process. It’s not simply a tea bag job. So Ralph added agave, lime juice, and a light sparkle and Ikó Yerba Mate was born. A refreshingly zesty drink, served cold with a subtle sweetness. This combined with the goodness your body needs and all the pick me up and mental focus you could ever want from an energy drink minus the crash or the artificialness, makes Ikó a genuine game changer. What’s more, Ikó’s eco-credentials are equally impressive.
The Yerba Mate leaves used are sourced from agroforestry plantations in Brazil, simply put, crops and trees are grown on the same plot of land. This means the more Ikó that is sold, the more trees will be planted to support increased production which in turn regenerates the rainforests and also helps the people working on the plantations. Ikó call this the positive loop between people and planet.
What more could you possibly want? An energy drink that gives you a mood lifting kick, sharpens the mind, is natural and does good for the planet is a sure winner. This new kid on the block is definitely creating a buzz in more ways than one.
Find Ikó Yerba Mate on Amazon and selected retailers. Check out their social @ikodrinks, or visit their website www.ikodrinks.com for more details.