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10 Yerba Mate Benefits

Yerba Mate Benefits
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Yerba Mate brew is a South American beverage made by steeping dried and ground leaves of the Yerba Mate plant (llex Paraguariensis).

Yerba Mate is a popular drink in South American countries like Brazil, Argentina, and Paraguay. Native Indians in South America had been using Yerba Mate for its benefits long before the arrival of Europeans in the 15th century.

Yerba Mate has an effect on the central nervous system that works pretty much like coffee or tea but with far much less undesirable side effects associated with caffeine.

Yerba Mate Benefits

Here are ten Yerba Mate benefits that have made it a popular medicinal beverage.

1. It’s a rich source of antioxidants

Yerba Mate contains more antioxidants than green tea or many other herbal tea-based beverage. Antioxidants prevent the release of free radicals in the body that can trigger cell damage.

2. Provides essential vitamins

Vitamins are essential in the body’s immune system. The vitamin B content helps the body derive energy from foods and manufacture DNA material. Yerba Mate is also a rich source for vitamins A, C and E.

3. Helps in weight management

Yerba Mate also helps manage weight by limiting the metabolism and absorption of fat in the body. Yerba Mate contains flavonoids and phenolic acids that inhibit the activity of pancreatic lipase enzymes in the digestive system resulting in incomplete metabolism of fats. In addition, drinking yerba Mate may result in temporally loss of appetite and increased use of stored energy thus limiting the body’s ability to store excess energy in the form of fats. However, it’s advisable to combine a healthy lifestyle with yerba mate for better weight management results.

4. Aids in digestion

Yerba Mate stimulates the release of gastric acids and bile that play an important role in digestion. Yerba Mate is also a natural treatment against digestive system parasites that inhibit proper digestion and absorption of nutrients. It is considered antimicrobial that can be used against E. coli in the body.

5. Improves body stamina

Yerba Mate improves the ability of the body to metabolize fatty acids and carbohydrates efficiently. The process is slow where it supplies consistent energy flow to the muscles for prolonged use. Unlike caffeine-based stimulants, Yerba Mate aids balanced and gentle release of energy thus eliminating sudden bursts and slumps that can cause fatigue.

6. Improves focus

The unique blend of stimulants, polyphenols, minerals and antioxidants in Yerba Mate provide a balanced effect on the brain to enhance good memory, alertness, focus and mental energy. Yerba Mate contains relatively less caffeine as compared to tea and coffee. The caffeine has a mild effect due to the presence of the other elements that neutralize its effect.

7. Improves heart health

Antioxidants present in Yerba Mate improve the flow of cholesterol and fatty acids in the blood stream thus limiting their accumulation in the arterial walls. This prevents cases of high or low blood pressure, stroke and heart attack.

8. Helps in building strong bones

Regular drinking of Yerba Mate has been proven to increase bone density even without engaging in exercise. This is very important particularly for postmenopausal women who don’t get to exercise a lot.

9. It’s a rich source of essential minerals

Yerba Mate contains calcium, manganese, selenium, phosphorus, sulphur, sodium and zinc. These minerals play an important role in nervous system function, body fluid balance, cell growth and development, and immune system responsiveness.

10. Fights colon cancer

A 2012 scientific study in the University of Illinois showed that Yerba Mate extracts contain bio-active compounds capable of killing colon cancer cells in humans. Yerba Mate achieves this by destroying the DNA of cancer cells thus inducing their death.


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