What is Yerba Mate?
Yerba Mate (Ilex Paraguariensis) is a member of the holly shrub family, native to South America and has been consumed by the indigenous people for centuries because of its rejuvenating and medicinal properties.
Yerba mate is known in South America as “The Drink of the Gods”, and for good reason. Yerba mate tea contains an abundant amount of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, making it one the world’s most nutritional herbs! Just like coffee, tea and chocolate, yerba mate contains caffeine, theobromine, and theophylline and contains more healing properties than green tea. It is also less acidic and less likely to cause stomach acid and jitters. While yerba mate tea, green tea and coffee share some of the same properties, Yerba mate benefits greatly outweigh the rest.
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There are numerous yerba mate benefits. Here is some additional health information:
- Drinking hot liquids, as yerba mate tea is prepared in South America, may be associated with esophageal cancer.
- Erva Yerba Mate uses yerba mate leaves that are air dried, protecting from the harmful effects of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) that are created from traditional methods of aging.
- Yerba mate tea contains varying amounts of caffeine, so take precautions if you are pregnant.
- People who are sensitive to caffeine should listen to their body when drinking yerba mate tea, as its effects are different than those of other caffeinated beverages such as coffee or green tea.
Heck, C.I. and De Mejia, E.G. (2007), Yerba Mate Tea (Ilex paraguariensis): A Comprehensive Review on Chemistry, Health Implications, and Technological Considerations. Journal of Food Science, 72: R138–R151.