Yerba mate tea is a traditional South American drink which tastes great, gives you energy and is very good for your health. Mate can also be used for several medicinal purposes. In South America, it has been traditionally used as a bit of a cure-all remedy. Now that yerba mate tea is becoming more popular all over the world, also the amount of research related to it is on the rise. This article focuses on information about yerba mate tea health benefits. And there truly are many evidence-based health benefits from weight loss to reducing bad cholesterol.
Yerba Mate is Rich in Antioxidants and Nutrients
Yerba mate plant has several beneficial plant nutrients that are dissolved in the tea during the brewing process. Yerba mate has an even higher level of antioxidants compared to green tea, which is also considered very healthy. In addition, yerba mate contains small amounts of essential amino acids and almost every vitamin and mineral that your body needs.
The most important beneficial compounds found in yerba mate tea are the following:
- Saponins: Bitter compounds that can lower cholesterol and have anti-inflammatory properties.
- Polyphenols: A large group of antioxidants that can reduce the risk of many illnesses.
- Caffeoyl derivatives: Yerba mate has high levels of these healthy antioxidants.
- Xanthines: Yerba mate contains caffeine, theobromine, and theophylline which are stimulants.
If you want to know more about yerba mate nutrient content, read this article: Yerba Mate Nutrition Facts
It Improves Cholesterol Levels
Research indicates that by consuming yerba mate tea you can lower your cholesterol levels. Mate provides a natural way of improving your serum lipid levels. A 2009 study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry shows that consuming yerba mate results in lower LDL cholesterol levels. The study was conducted on people with high cholesterol/triglyceride levels, but who were otherwise healthy. Reducing bad cholesterol (LDL) can help in preventing cardiovascular diseases.
Yerba Mate Stimulates the Immune System
Saponins are phytochemicals that are naturally abundant in many plant species. The saponins in yerba mate are natural emulsifiers which are known to boost your immune system. Saponins also have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Thus, drinking yerba mate tea may help you in preventing bacterial infections as well as parasites and harmful fungi.
It Helps with Burning Belly Fat and Losing Weight
The saponins in yerba mate can help you with reducing body weight. A study conducted with rats is supporting this claim. It has been proven that yerba mate increases fat oxidation and energy consumption during exercise. In a randomized, double-blind study with obese men and women, yerba mate supplementation was found to help in decreasing body fat mass and percentage as well as the waist-hip ratio.
Yerba mate is also available as a supplement. Read this article to learn more about yerba mate leaf extracts.
Another study conducted on healthy males and females in 2014 concluded that it can increase the effectiveness of exercise on weight loss. To summarize the results of these studies, we can say that yerba mate can be an effective aid in burning fat and losing bodyweight.
Here is an article that focuses on how yerba mate tea can help in losing weight and burning fat: Yerba Mate Tea and Weight Loss – Proven Benefits.
Yerba Mate Tea Gives Energy and Improves Mental Focus
In addition to caffeine yerba mate contains two other compounds that affect our central nervous system. Yerba mate contains theobromine (also found in chocolate) which has a relaxing and mild stimulating effect, and theophylline (also present in green and black tea), a stimulant capable of enhancing your mental energy levels. Thus, yerba mate tea has a unique mix of the three neuro stimulants working together.
The caffeine content of yerba mate tea depends on the brewing method and can be anything between 20mg and 130mg per cup. In general, we can say that a cup of mate tea contains less caffeine than a cup of coffee but more than a cup of tea. We all know that too much caffeine can make you feel jittery and uncomfortable. However, yerba mate seems to have a calming effect while working as a stimulant at the same time. It can also enhance our cognitive performance, which is useful when working with complex tasks that require brainpower.
Many South American athletes drink mate tea in order to feel more vibrant and energetic during exercise and competitions. The energizing and refreshing qualities of yerba mate tea can also help you with focusing and being more productive and creative!
Here is a short video that gives a summary of yerba mate health benefits:
Yerba Mate Tea Health Benefits
Yerba mate tea health benefits are numerous, but all of them have not yet been thoroughly researched. In addition to the benefits mentioned earlier, yerba mate is also a digestive tonic and can help in treating constipation, diarrhea, and indigestion. It is also good for heart-related conditions like irregular heartbeat, heart failure, and low blood pressure. Yerba mate can also help in lowering blood sugar levels and killing cancer cells.
Worried about yerba mate side effects? Read this article: Yerba Mate Tea Side Effects – Are There Any?
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If you need help with choosing the right kind of yerba mate tea, this review article will help you.