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The Fascinating Yerba Mate Tea, its Nutrition Factors, and Enhancement of Vitality Effects

Updated: Jan 16

Yerba mate (( Ilex Paraguariensis )) is a traditional South American tea recognized for its myriad health benefits. Its compounds make this drink an efficient anti-inflammatory and energy-inducing beverage.

Argentina has made Yerba Mate tea its national drink. The National Institution Argentina Yerba Mate exists to increase awareness of the plant and its origin with the Guarani indigenous people, dated centuries ago.

Yerba Mate infusions have powerful antioxidants with their high concentration of polyphenols. Polyphenol is one of the most potent antioxidants to enhance the body's natural defenses and safeguard it from cell damage. This tea is now distributed worldwide and is scientifically recognized as having up to 60% more antioxidants than green tea.

Polyphenols actively participate in different signaling pathways in the body, which can positively influence metabolic processes and contribute to maintaining health through antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, hypocholesterolemic, cardiovascular protection, and probiotic effects on the intestinal microbiota (Nash et al., 2018; Corrêa et al., 2019). Fig. 1 illustrates how metabolites generated after ingestion of phytochemicals acts on the body's physiology by modulating the intestinal microbiota.

V. Nash, C.S. Ranadheera, E.N. Georgousopoulou, D.D. Mellor, D.B. Panagiotakos, A.J. McKune, et al. The effects of grape and red wine polyphenols on gut microbiota–A systematic review Food Res. Int., 113 (2018), pp. 277-287, 10.1016/j.foodres.2018.07.019

Yerba Mate is filled with essential nutrients, including B vitamins, crucial for the normal production of energy and red blood cells; vitamin C, magnesium, and potassium. Yerba Mate also contains a compound called chlorogenic acid, which is significant for people looking to lose weight because of its proven effects in speeding up the body's use of stored fat.

The Mate "provides variable amounts of vitamins, the contributions of vitamins B1 (thiamine) and B6 (pyridoxine), the most important ones, covering 72.3% and 37.2% of the recommended daily intake for these nutrients in men and adult women between the ages of 18 and 50, respectively”.

Instead of drinking regular coffee in the morning, turn to Yerba Mate for its high phenolic (caffeine) content, nutritional benefits, and rich earthy taste with a bitter note. Yerba Mate tea is a perfect replacement for coffee as it is delicious with milk, cream, and sweeteners.

Try out our Morning Mist blend that contains Yerba Mate with other beneficial herbs such as Nettle, Oat Straw, and Black tea Earl Grey!

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