Yerba Mate has been expanding its frontiers, and emigrating from South America to the rest of the world. The beverage’s popularity is due to many reasons: anything from becoming an excellent alternative to coffee, to being a fantastic drink to share with friends. But that’s not all there is. The Yerba Mate health benefits and fantastic properties are one of the most prominent reasons why everyone is buzzing about the infusion. Let’s break it down:
According to this fantastic article, yerba mate contains a tonne of nutrients that are essential for a healthy diet. Vitamins (A, C, E, B1, B2, B3, B5, B Complex), minerals (Calcium, Manganese, Iron, Selenium, Potassium, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Zinc) as well as other compounds (Antioxidants, Carotene, Fatty Acids, Chlorophyll, Flavonols, Polyphenols, Theophylline, Theobromine, Inositol, Tannins, Pantothenic Acid, etc.) are all present here. Let’s not forget: also, caffeine!
Very well, now – this looks amazing, yes; but also, a bit too complex. Let’s go bit by bit to understand the direct health benefits that come from these properties.
Helps control weight.
Yerba mate can help you lose weight, and it has a double effect. On one hand, the direct benefit from the stimulants (mateine, mate’s caffeine) accelerate the fat-burning process. Neat, right? In addition, yerba mate, much like a tea, can act directly as a stress-relief factor. As a consequence, over eating linked to stress will decrease. Not only that, but it will also make the person who drinks mate feel “fuller“, decreasing the amount of food ingested. You can read more about the subject in this article.
Great antioxidant, mineral and vitamin source.
Green tea is known for its high antioxidant concentration. However, did you know that yerba mate has a whopping 90% more antioxidants? This has a massive positive impact on the immune system, for example. Concentration levels also increase greatly (due to its vitamins and minerals), which is one of the reasons why students will very rarely seen studying without a mate in their hands! Many other positive effects are connected to these properties: aids digestion, prevents cancer, reduces stress and insomnia – unlike other similar caffeine booster, coffee.
Still, there are more yerba mate health benefits. Some examples are: enhancing physical endurance (by reducing the lactic acid that forms on your muscles after a workout, by improving the way your body absorbs carbohydrates, and by helping burn fat); lowering cholesterol and blood sugar levels; supplying more oxygen to the heart -acting as an stimulant- while lowering the blood pressure and increasing its circulation (as a result of relaxing the blood vessels); it can help reduce the inflammation in the lungs; and more.
I believe if you’re not already enamored with the yerba’s flavour, you will be more than happy to try to experience all these wonderful benefits on your body. If you want to know even more, I recommend this fantastic video in which Dr. Theresa Ramsey explains how to prepare yerba mate as different types of infusions and explains just how amazing this herb really is. Check it out: