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 of them than Green tea.
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. Unlike caffeine from drinking coffee, research has shown that Mateine actually induces improved REM sleep with overall less need for sleep - making Yerba Maté especially valuable as a tonic for those with busy lifestyles.
Yerba Maté is especially valuable as a tonic for those with busy lifestyles. It provides 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 nutrious 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).
Take 3-5 capsules per day at least half an hour before food or as directed by your practitioner.
Pure powdered Yerba Maté (Ilex paraguariensis). Capsule shell: vegetable cellulose.
Botanical names: Ilex paraguariensis (or paraguayiensis).
Common names: Yerba Maté, Caminu, Congonha, Erva Maté, Erveira, Jesuit’s tea, Maté, Paraguay tea, South American Holly.