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YERBA MATE

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Yerba mate is a traditional South American drink that’s gaining worldwide popularity.

It’s said to have the strength of coffee, the health benefits of tea, and the joy of chocolate.

Yerba mate can be consumed hot or cold and is prepared similarly to other loose teas.

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Ingredients: YERBA MATE(100%)

8 Health Benefits of Yerba Mate

  1. Rich in Antioxidants and Nutrients

Yerba mate contains several beneficial plant nutrients, including (Trusted Source):

  • Xanthines: These compounds act as stimulants. They include caffeine and theobromine, which are also found in tea, coffee, and chocolate.
  • Caffeoyl derivatives: These compounds are the main health-promoting antioxidants in the tea.
  • Saponins: These bitter compounds have certain anti-inflammatory and cholesterol-lowering properties.

Yerba mate is an antioxidant powerhouse that contains many beneficial plant nutrients.

  1. Can Boost Energy and Improve Mental Focus

At 85 mg of caffeine per cup, yerba mate contains less caffeine than coffee but more than a cup of tea.

  1. May Enhance Physical Performance

Caffeine is also known to improve muscle contractions, reduce fatigue, and improve sports performance by up to 5% (Trusted SourceTrusted SourceTrusted SourceTrusted Source).

In fact, in one study, those given one 1-gram capsule of ground yerba mate leaves right before exercise burned 24% more fat during moderate-intensity exercise (Trusted Source).

  1. May Protect Against Infections

Yerba mate may help prevent infections from bacteria, parasites, and fungi.

One test-tube study found that a high dose of yerba mate extract deactivated E. coli, a bacteria that causes food poisoning symptoms like stomach cramps and diarrhea (Trusted Source, Trusted Source).

Compounds in yerba mate may also prevent the growth of Malassezia furfur, a fungus responsible for scaly skin, dandruff, and certain skin rashes (Trusted Source).

Finally, research suggests that compounds in it may provide some protection against intestinal parasites (Trusted Source).

Yerba mate may have some anti-bacterial, anti-parasitic, and anti-fungal properties.

  1. May Help You Lose Weight and Belly Fat

Animal studies show that yerba mate may reduce appetite and boost metabolism, which can help with weight loss (Trusted Source).

It seems to decrease the total number of fat cells and reduce the amount of fat they hold (Trusted Source).

Human research suggests that it can also increase the amount of stored fat that’s burned for energy (Trusted Source, Trusted Source).

Furthermore, in a 12-week study in overweight people, those given 3 grams of yerba mate powder per day lost an average of (0.7 kg). They also reduced their waist-to-hip ratio by 2%, which indicates lost belly fat (Trusted Source).

In comparison, the participants given a placebo gained an average of (2.8 kg) and increased their waist-to-hip ratio by 1% over the same 12-week period (Trusted Source).

Yerba mate may reduce appetite, boost metabolism, and increase the amount of fat burned for fuel. This could help you lose weight.

  1. May Boost Your Immune System

Yerba mate contains saponins, which are natural compounds with anti-inflammatory properties (Trusted Source, Trusted Source).

In addition, it provides small amounts of vitamin C, vitamin E, selenium, and zinc. These antioxidants can strengthen your immune system and promote health (Trusted Source, Trusted Source).

Yerba mate has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that may boost your immune system.

  1. Lowers Blood Sugar Levels

Yerba mate may help lower blood sugar and reduce the complications of diabetes.

In fact, a recent animal study reports that it may improve insulin signaling (Trusted Source).

It may also reduce the formation of advanced glycation end-products (AGEs), which are involved in the development and worsening of many diseases (Trusted Source, Trusted Source).

Yerba mate may improve insulin signaling and blood sugar control.

  1. May Lower Your Risk of Heart Disease

Cell and animal studies also report that mate extract may provide some protection against heart disease (Trusted Source, Trusted Source).

In humans, yerba mate seems to reduce cholesterol levels.

In one 40-day study, participants who drank (330 ml) of yerba mate each day lowered their “bad” LDL cholesterol levels by 8.6–13.1% (Trusted Source).

Yerba mate’s antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and cholesterol-lowering properties may help protect against heart disease.

YERBA MATE BREWING GUIDE

TO MAKE HOT YERBA MATE TEA
TEA:
 2 teaspoons loose yerba mate
WATER: 1 cup (8 fl. oz.)
WATER TEMPERATURE: 75°C
STEEP TIME: 5 minutes

TO MAKE COLD BREW YERBA MATE TEA
TEA: 
2 teaspoons loose yerba mate
WATER: 1 cup (8 fl. oz.)
WATER TEMPERATURE: Coldwater
STEEP TIME: 15 seconds

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50 gr, 500 gr

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