Yerba mate is well-known in South America because it is made from dried leaves of Ilex paraguariensis tree. This tree is native to South American countries such as Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, and Paraguay. This tree flowers between October and November. The fruit is then produced between March and June. It requires plenty of rain and it can withstand a temperature of -6 degrees Celsius. The leaves go through the process of blanching, drying, and aging. It’s been used as a beverage for medical use for centuries. People also use this as an alternative for coffee. It contains lots of important nutrients including zinc, chromium, aluminum, xanthines, caffeoyl, vitamin C, and B vitamins.
Filled with Antioxidants and Nutrients
Yerba mate contains phytochemicals such as polyphenols and chlorogenic acid. Polyphenols are a large group of antioxidants, which are linked to reducing the risk of many diseases. Xanthines are another compound found in Yerba mate and they act as stimulants. Saponins can be found in Yerba mate as well and have anti-inflammatory properties as well as cholesterol-lowering properties. Yerba mate also contains seven out of nine essential amino acids as well as almost every vitamin and mineral your body needs.
Boost Energy and Improve Focus
Although it contains less caffeine than coffee, it does contain more caffeine than tea. Caffeine is known to increase energy levels. Caffeine also signaling molecules in the brain, which improves your mental focus.
Protects Against Infection
Studies found that yerba mate can prevent infections from bacteria, parasites, and fungi. It can also prevent growth of fungus that causes scaly skin, dandruff, and certain skin rashes.
Yerba mate has the ability to reduce your appetite and boost your metabolism. It can decrease the total number of fat cells and reduce the amount of fat they hold.
Boost Immune System
Saponin is a natural compound with anti-inflammatory properties, which is found in yerba mate. It also contains vitamin C, vitamin E, selenium, and zinc. The antioxidants found in yerba mate strengthen the immune system.
Polyphenols are one of the compounds found in yerba mate that helps reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases. Yerba mate also contains antioxidant compounds such as caffeoyl derivatives that also help protect against heart disease. Yerba mate has been proven to reduce cholesterol levels as well.