Yerba Maté is a South American tree that is cultivated to produce a green leaf tea. It contains vitamins and minerals, including magnesium, vitamin C, and B-complex vitamins. Maté also provides fifteen amino acids, plant sterols and saponins. It is a very good source of antioxidants called polyphenols - and contains more than Green tea. This is thought to help strengthen the body.
Yerba Maté contains naturally occurring caffeine (between 0.7-2%) but because the caffeine is part of a complex called Mateine it is noticeably different in its benefits to tea or coffee for those with busy lifestyles.
Yerba Maté provides a broad range of nutrients, it has stimulating and tonic properties that contribute to the resistance against mental and physical fatigue. Yerba Maté capsules can be used as an nutrients supplement - or, like Green tea capsules, can be used to contribute to the maintenance of a healthy body weight.
Yerba mate tea – a popular drink in South America – may prevent colon cancer, say researchers. Caffeine from the tea killed human colon cancer cells in a laboratory, and reduced inflammation, which helps cancer develop. University of Illinois researchers saw colon cancer cells self-destruct as they came into contact with CQA (caffeoylquinic acid) derivatives from the tea. Cell death, or apoptosis, suggests that CQA from mate tea could be effective against many other cancers, too. It not only killed cancer cells, it also prevented healthy cells from becoming cancerous. Its other quality as a natural anti-inflammatory suggests it could also help reverse diseases such as heart problems and arthritis.
(Source: Molecular Nutrition & Food Research, 2011; 55: 1509-22).
Put 1 heaped teaspoon in hot water or tea. Take once or twice per day.
Pure powdered Yerba Maté (Ilex paraguariensis).
Contains caffeine and other xanthines.
Botanical names: Ilex paraguariensis (or paraguayiensis). Common names: Yerba Maté, Caminu, Congonha, Erva Maté, Erveira, Jesuit’s tea, Maté, Paraguay tea, South American Holly.