It is said that Yerba mate as a beverage has the power of coffee and the health benefits of tea and the exhilaration of chocolate, all in one. Also, yerba mate is a beverage that prevails as the most balanced i.e., it delivers both nutrition and energy together, as compared to the six most commonly used stimulants in the world – tea, cocoa and guarana, and coffee. Yerba mate is definitely more nutritious than green tea. It is a traditional drink prepared from the dried leaves of an evergreen holly native plant of South America known as, Ilex paraguariensis. Even though this plant is found in the wild, it is also grown on plantations that are similar to tea plantations. There are many countries across the world, where Yerba mate is widely consumed and it often a matter of social event. It is said that when one shares this tea from a traditional gourd, it is a proven sign of friendship and bonding. According to a report of yerba mate market, this product is used as a base for herbal medicines in South America for several decades and the plant itself has several benefits and therapeutic properties which have been proven and affirmed by many scientific studies.
Yerba mate is rich in antioxidants and nutrients such as:
Caffeoyl – compounds are key health boosting antioxidants in the tea
Polyphenols – a collective group of antioxidants that are known to reduce risks of several diseases
Xanthines – these are stimulants that include theobromine, caffeine that are present in coffee and tea as well
Saponins – known for their bitter taste, these compounds have a few cholesterol lowering and anti-inflammatory properties
Apart from the above mentioned, Yerba mate comprises of almost seven out of nine essential amino acids, besides every mineral and vitamin the human body needs. Nevertheless, this tea consists of very tiny amounts these nutrients; therefore it is not very likely to make a huge contribution to the diet on its own. Also, it helps in promoting energy and enhances mental focus; sine yerba mate contains caffeine which is a brain stimulant. Various studies conducted on humans witnessed better alertness, short-term recall and reaction time in people who volunteered to consume between 37 and 450 mg of caffeine. Anyway, these testaments are yet to be proven scientifically.