Coca tea has many benefits: Energize, Stimulate Mental Alertness, Aid Weight Loss, Relieve Stress, Calm Allergies, Help the Immune System. Chewing on the leaves or drinking the coca tea are known to help with the discomfort accompanying the adjustment to the high altitudes of many cities in Peru. The closest city to Machu Pichu is Cusco(elevation 3,400mt [11,200ft]) and it is routine to chew on the leaves or drink a Mate de coca for the first few days while adjusting.
Coca tea has been used in South America to relieve the various symptoms of altitude sickness. You can prevent nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and upset stomach by sipping on coca tea. Researchers believe that it is the presence of B vitamins and alkaloids that gives this herbal tea its effect on altitude sickness. This is because coca tea may help in improving the oxygen uptake and blood flow at high altitudes.
The coca tea is a good source of vitamins A, C, E as well as B2 and B6. , as well as calcium, riboflavin, iron, phosphorous, and potassium. For centuries, this tea has been used by the indigenous people who live in the Andes mountain range in South America.
This tea is known to have quite a few benefits as it contains compounds such as inulin, phytonutrients, and alkaloids. The leaves of the cocatea plant contain a compound called inulin that gives off a stimulatory effect. According to researchers, it is this compound that makes coca tea boos energy levels in your body. It also helps in stimulating mental focus. This tea’s stimulatory effect is similar to coffee, but as coca tea leaves lack in caffeine, the cellular mechanisms it works through are different.