Health Benefits Of Yerba Mate Tea
Yerba Mate is packed with natural nutrients and antioxidants!
I have been drinking Yerba Mate (besides Coffee & Green Tea) regularly for well over a year now.
It helps me control my weight.
I would like to share what I have found out about the health benefits of Yerba Mate while surfing the www.
Yerba mate contains 24 vitamins and minerals, amino acids 15 and 11, polyphenols; a group of phytochemicals (biologically active compounds found in plants) that act as powerful antioxidants.
Besides polyphenols, Yerba Mate contains saponins.
Saponins are phytochemicals that strengthen the immune system and protect the body against disease.
This “natural purification compound” (glycosides) can be found in a wide variety of plants and bind to cholesterol so it cannot be absorbed into the system and is discharged from the body.
Researchers at the Pasteur Institute and the Paris Scientific Society of yerba mate have come to the conclusion that yerba mate contains almost all the essential minerals and vitamins.
Because of this yerba mate can help you live a healthy life and plays a major role in the cell regeneration.
Some properties credited to yerba mate:
- Energy-boosting effect
- Supports strengthening the immune system and the nervous system
- Helps with weight loss
- No colors, flavors, and fragrances
- Helps purify the blood
- Helps stimulation of the gastrointestinal tract | Digestive
- Stimulates concentration
- Reduces fatigue, boosts stamina
- Overall body and mood booster
- Increases healthy lifestyle
Each cup of yerba mate contains:
- Vitamin A, C, E, B1, B2, Niacin (B3), B5, B Complex
- Minerals: calcium, manganese, iron, selenium, nickel, potassium, zinc, magnesium, phosphorus
- Other compounds: fatty acids, chlorophyll, flavonols, polyphenols, saponins, trace elements, antioxidants, pantothenic acid, and 15 amino acids
- Caffeine. Yerba mate contains caffeine, but in much smaller quantities than coffee
- Mateine. Mateine which helps to relax the muscles. Example, it may well help to treat asthma because the yerba mate does dilate the bronchi which reduces breathlessness.
It is proven that mateine has a chemical composition similar to that of caffeine. Even people who are sensitive to caffeine may drink Yerba mate without side effects.
Vitamin C and E act as natural resistance to disease. Yerba Mate stimulates the activity of the immune system.
5 Health Benefits Of Yerba Mate Tea
I. Yerba Mate and Weight Loss
Yerba mate can help in losing weight, along with proper diet, regular exercise, and a healthy lifestyle.
Yerba mate increases the metabolic rate, regulates appetite, stimulates digestion.
It is thermogenic (the body is stimulated to burn calories), provides anti-oxidants, minerals, amino acids and vitamins to support a healthy lifestyle.
2. Yerba Mate and Antioxidants
Green tea and yerba mate share some of the same health benefits.
Therefore, it is useful to compare them together.
Both yerba mate and green tea contain antioxidants, but it has been found that yerba mate contains more anti-oxidants than green tea.
Yerba mate has an impressive 196 active compounds in comparison with the 144 found in green tea.
It is also found that the higher anti-oxidant effect of yerba is explained by the slightly higher concentration of polyphenols, namely chlorogenic acid.
Chlorogenic acid is one of the components responsible for the anti-oxidizing effect of yerba mate.
In agreement with the fact that it has been shown that yerba mate is more toxic to living cells with respect to cancer cells than green tea.
Yerba mate is known for its energy strengthening effects.
This is undoubtedly because of the xanthine compounds; caffeine is the most important.
Yerba mate contains a concentration of caffeine that is similar to that in coffee and is higher than in green tea.
Other xanthines in yerba mate that help to strengthen its stimulant effect are theobromine (a bitter, volatile compound obtained from cacao seeds and found in chocolate) and theophylline (a bitter crystalline compound present in small quantities in tea leaves.
These are compounds that do not occur in other teas.
The concentration of saponin compounds in yerba degree is higher than in other teas.
Yerba mate probably owes its anti-inflammatory and cholesterol-lowering properties to saponins.
Yerba mate is nutritious, it suppresses the appetite and gives you the energy of a complete meal.
Because of the stimulatory effects of Xanthine on the nervous system, in combination with the operation of the remaining substances, the cardiovascular activity of the body is strengthened.
Mineral salts in conjunction with Xanthine help the heart and vessels by lowering of the blood pressure because Xanthine acts as a vasodilator (widening of blood vessels).
4. Nervous System
Yerba Mate is a stimulant drink, which kills fatigue and stimulates thinking and physical activity without side effects.
Drinking yerba mate gives you more resistance to mental and physical fatigue and raises resistance to depression.
The vitamin B-complex promotes the intake of sugar into the muscles and the nervous system.
But also improves concentration.
5. Stomach and Intestines
Yerba mate brings balance in the movements of the intestines and supports the digestive process and relieves stomach problems.
It can act as a pretty mild laxative and a mild diuretic (promoting the production of urine).
The latter makes it very useful for bladder problems.
Carbohydrates are digested faster, making it easier to burn calories.
The stimulating properties of yerba mate work longer than that of coffee and have no side effects such as insomnia and irritability.
Studies show that the yerba mate (among other) contains the following components: water, cellulose, dextrin, mucilage, glucose, pentose, fat, aromatic resin, legumin, albumin, xanthin, theophylline, caffeine, folic acid, caffeic acid, chlorophyll, cholesterin and volatile oil.
The dust contains significant amounts of potassium, lithium, folic acid, sulfuric acid, carbon, chlorine, citric acid, magnesium, manganese, iron, aluminum, and arsenic trace.
Xanthine, theophylline, and theobromine are three highly related alkaloids that are seen in yerba mate and are the most exciting compounds from a therapeutic point of view.
Possible Side Effects
Real yerba mate is supposed to be a safe supplement and is on the FDA ‘s GRAS list (Generally Regarded As Safe).
However, there may be exceptional side effects after very excessive and prolonged use.
In some cases, the use of yerba mate has adverse effects such as anxiety, insomnia, nausea and headache.
Yerba Mate holds caffeine and should not be used by people who are susceptible or allergic to caffeine.
Though it is also known that some of those individuals who are sensitive to it can drink yerba mate without side effects anyway.
People with high blood pressure, heart disease, stomach ulcers and other conditions should be careful with drinking yerba mate.
Because of the caffeine component always consult your doctor.
Because of the caffeine in yerba mate, pregnant women are warned not to drink during pregnancy and lactation.
Although decaffeinated tea can be an alternative, it is always wise to talk about drinking herbal tea with you GP beforehand.
The use of large amounts of Pennyroyal is highly inadvisable to in the case of kidney troubles and if women want to become pregnant or are already pregnant.
The use of large quantities of guarana in combination with certain anticoagulants (coumarin derivatives) should be strongly avoided.
As with other caffeine – people with heart problems or high blood pressure – should avoid the use of large amounts of guarana.
People who need to use MAOIs (a particular antidepressant) should drink yerba mate with caution and keep an eye on possible effects. Always consult your doctor.
5 Health Benefits Of Yerba Mate Tea
I am not going to tell you how to drink it.
Just ‘google’ “how to drink yerba mate,” and you are halfway there.
Nor am I going to tell you that you should drink it.
I am not a GP nor have I studied chemistry or food science.
So as far as health claims are concerned, do your due diligence.
That being said I do drink yerba mate on a daily basis.
(I also drink coffee and other teas).
It took me some time though to get used to the taste.
I have the impression that it helps me in my never ending war against kilos that somehow love to cling themselves to my body.
How I make my mate?
First I take a spoon full of yerba mate and put it in a hopper (container) with a sieve.
Then I add some cold water to it.
This protects the leaves from burning when I pour on piping hot water.
After steeping, I place the container on a tea glass, and I am done.
All I have to do next is enjoy my mate.
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Yerba Mate – La bebida que revitaliza. Gobierno de la provincia de Misiones.
Secretaria de comercio exterior e integración. Argentina
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Información del texto “Yerba Mate – Para una salud mejor” de Daniel Mowrey, Ph.D.
Learn all about yerba maté benefits and making mate with stevia. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.sugarfreestevia.net/yerba-mate-benefits.html
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