Yerba mate has been used as a beverage since the time of the ancient Indians of Brazil and Paraguay and is considered a national drink in several South American countries. A drink from South America has hit U.S. shores-and experts say it’s the ticket for those who love the boost of coffee but hate it’s side effects.
Yerba Mate contains xanthines, chemicals that boost your metabolic rate by 10% and is rich in pantothenic acid, which prevents overstimulation of the nervous system. Yerba Mate has a host of antioxidants that boost immunity and protect against colds and flu. Studies show it is as powerful a cell protector as vitamin C, reducing the effects of aging as well as protecting against cancer and other disease. Furthermore, researchers say that Yerba Mate is a rich source of magnesium that has been proven to ease anxiety and help muscles to relax, as well as boosting metabolism. This is a much healthier approach than using herbal formulas such as Metabolife that reduce appetite by overstimulating the central nervous system. Drinking 8 oz before a meal can be as effective as diet drugs in taking the edge off your appetite.
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Nutritional Value of Yerba Mate
Mate tea contains various nutrients that help in maintaining good health. It is a good source of polyphenols, xanthines, caffeoyl derivatives and saponins. Amongst minerals it contains zinc, chromium, potassium, copper, aluminum, iron, manganese and nickel. Yerba mate also contains vitamins that include vitamin C, B1 and B2.
Benefit and potential medical uses
Yerba mate herb, just like many herbs, is a good source of antioxidants and certainly deserves a spot in one’s kitchen next to other herbal teas. Drinking yerba mate tea a few times a month is a good option, or one could take yerba mate supplements. Yerba mate herb has vasodilating properties. Yerba mate is promoted for weight loss, but there are better herbs for this purpose. One excellent herbal combination for appetite suppression is Diet Rx.
No Negative Side Effects
From reports of personal experience with Mate, its physiological effects are similar to yet distinct from more widespread caffeinated beverages like coffee or tea. Users report a mental state of wakefulness, focus and alertness reminiscent of most stimulants, but often remark on Yerba Mate’s unique lack of the negative effects typically created by other such compounds, such as anxiety, diarrhea, “jitteriness”, and heart palpitations.
Yerba Mate Recipes
Sweet and bright
1 1/3 cups Traditional brewed yerba mate
1 cup organic lemonade (or fresh lemon & sweetener of choice)
1. Brew the mate
2. Add ice to cool, then add lemon juice, and serve.
2.Ginger Mate Spritzer
Sweet and spicy
1 1/3 cups traditional brewed yerba mate
1/4 cup finely chopped crystallized ginger
2 2/3 cups chilled ginger ale
1. Combine ginger and yerba mate while still hot and refrigerate for at least three hours.
2. Strain and discard ginger. Pour yerba mate and ginger ale into ice filled glasses.