What are the benefits of Yerba Mate?
This naturally energizing plant, with its key nutritional profile and multiple benefits, is the most widely consumed beverage in South America. (source) In 2023, Yerba Mate is gaining a lot of ground in North America; we take stock to introduce you to the tons of benefits that make it indispensable to our daily lives and a beverage of choice.
Where does Yerba Mate come from?
Yerba Mate, Ilex paraguariensis, is a tree whose leaves (Mate Folium) are used to prepare the beverage known as "Yerba Mate". (source) The mate plant grows in the tropical regions of South America, in northern Argentina, southern Brazil, Uruguay, and Paraguay.
Yerba Mate, a rich source of methylxanthines
Yerba Mate is a plant naturally rich in caffeine, theobromine, and theophylline. These compounds are responsible for yerba mate's characteristic bitter taste and stimulating effect. The balance of these compounds makes for the most balanced energy!
The stimulating effect of yerba mate
Yerba Mate's stimulating properties have long been known to the indigenous peoples of South America. The caffeine naturally present in yerba mate leaves
- Relieves mental and physical fatigue
- Improves memory and concentration
- Improves reaction time and alertness
- Reduces the negative effects of exposure to stress (oxidation)
- Stimulates the central nervous system
- Accelerates metabolism and oxygen uptake by body tissues (source)
Yerba mate has a significant effect on various metabolic functions!
Yerba Mate's antioxidant capacity
Numerous studies show that yerba mate has strong antioxidant properties that reduce the likelihood of diseases caused by oxidative stress.
Yerba Mate can affect heart function. Long-term consumption increases antioxidant protection, and its high polyphenol, saponin, and vitamin/mineral content offer cardioprotective effects.
Yerba Mate's effect on lipid metabolism and weight loss
Antioxidants absorbed into the bloodstream after consumption of yerba mate reduces cholesterol accumulation. Yerba Mate accelerates metabolism, increasing fat oxidation and energy expenditure. By being active, fat metabolism increases many times over, which is why Yerba Mate-based drinks are recommended for athletes and physically active people wishing to lose weight. The combination of Yerba Mate and prolonged exercise has a positive impact on satiety and mood.
Yerba Mate consumers recognize that this anti-inflammatory, cholesterol-lowering, hepatoprotective, central nervous system stimulant, diuretic and cardiovascular booster (source) energizes them naturally without the jitters or side effects usually associated with caffeine or energy drinks.
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