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    Yerba Mate (Ilex paraguariensis) is the dried leaves and stems of a South American rainforest holly, and is the national beverage of Paraguay. The term mate is a Guarani Indian word for gourd, referring to the hollowed out gourds once used to hold the tea.

    In traditional use of yerba mate, the tea cup is often shared among close friends and family, all of whom use thee same straw, or bombilla. Sharing the same straw is considered a sign of total acceptance and friendship. Yerba Mate is one of the worlds most effective and healing beverages with over 196 active compounds that include vitamins, nutrients, and proteins. This shadows the active compounds found in Green Tea (Camellia sinensis) which has about 144.

    Shade grown Yerba Mate is far more nutritious and tasty compared to sun grown Yerba Mate. One can see the difference just by looking at the color of the dried material. Shade grown Yerba Mate is a bold dark green and has a nice heavy taste. Sun grown Yerba Mate is pale is color (a little like dried hay) and has a relatively flat taste.

    Sometimes known as "The Drink of the Gods", Yerba Mate is an herbal green tea grown in the subtropical rain forests of Paraguay, Argentina, and other South American countries. Yerba Mate is an herbal tonic that supports many functions both physically and emotionally. In its native country, Yerba Mate is used as a food staple in the form of a liquid vegetable they drink throughout the day to support the body. Yerba Mate contains Matiene, a natural stimulant, a close relative to caffeine, but without the jitters, sleeplessness or addiction that caffeine can produce. Mateine balances the body by calming an excited nervous system, or rejuvenating a fatigued one.

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    Yerba Mate has been known to induce mental clarity, help sustain energy levels, and boost immune system. Yerba Mate is used as a stimulant to relieve mental and physical tiredness (fatigue), as well as chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), It works as an antioxidant, and has been used to improve digestion. Yerba Mate can aid in weight loss, and help improve mood and reduce depression. It has also been used to help alleviate allergies, reduce blood pressure, and balance sleep cycles. It is also used for heart-related complaints including heart failure, irregular heartbeat and low blood pressure. Some people use it to relieve headach and joint pains, to treat urinary tract infections (UTIs), and bladder and kidney stones, as as a laxative.


    Yerba mate tea is a South American beverage made by steeping the ground leaves and stems of the yerba mate plant. Yerba mate is a central nervous system stimulant containing caffeine, but it also contains a number of other nutrients, including antioxidants, amino acids, polyphenols, vitamins and minerals. Yerba Mate contains chemicals which stimulate the brain, heart, muscles lining blood vessels, and other parts of the body. Yerba mate is touted as being a safe and effective nervous system stimulant with few side effects and many health benefits. Here are some of the benefits of drinking yerba mate tea.

  • RICH IN ANTIOXIDANTS: Yerba Mate tea is very high in antioxidants; it has about 90-percent more antioxidants than green tea. Yerba Mate has significant immune boosting properties. It can slow the signs of aging, detoxify the blood and prevent many types of cancer. Yerba Mate also helps reduce stress and insomnia.

  • ENHANCES FOCUS ABILITY: Proponents of Yerba Mate tea say that the minerals, vitamins, antioxidants, animo acids and polphenols found in this beverage have a balancing effect on the caffeine it contains. Users report increased mental energy, clarity and focus, but they also say that Yerba Mate does not cause any of the uncomfortable side effects associated with drinking caffeinated beverages, such as headaches, stomachaches and jitters.

  • ENHANCES PHYSICAL ENDURANCE: The chemical compounds and nutrients in Yerba Mate tea affect your metabolism to make your body use carbohydrates more efficiently. This means you will get more energy from the food you eat. You will also burn more of the calories your body has stored in fat cells as fuel when you drink Yerba Mate tea regularly. Regular Yerba Mate consumption also helps keep lactic acid from building up in your muscles so you can decrease post workout soreness and cut your recovery time.

  • DIGESTIVE AID: The native peoples of South America have long used Yerba Mate tea as a traditional herbal remedy against digestive ailments. Yerba Mate aids digestion by stimulating increased production of bile and other gastric acids. Yerba Mate helps keep your colon clean for effective and efficient waste elimination, and helps reduce the stomach bacteria that can contribute to bad breath.

  • WEIGHT CONTROL: Native South American peoples have traditionally used Yerba Mate as part of a lifestyle that includes a healthy diet and exercise. Yerba Mate has stimulant qualities to help you feel full sooner after you begin eating, and it slows your digestion so that your stomach stays full longer. Combining Yerba Mate with a healthy diet and regular exercise can help boost your metabolism to burn more calories, and it can help you eat less by curbing your appetite slightly.

  • CARDIOVASCULAR HEALTH SUPPORT: The antioxidants and amino acids present in Yerba Mate help fat and cholesterol move through your bloodstream so that they do not accumulate on artery walls. Yerba Mate also helps prevent arteriosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) and prevents blood clots that may cause heart attack or stroke.


  • Mental function. Early research suggests that drinking a beverage containing yerbe mate does not affect mental performance in healthy females.
  • Diabetes. Early research suggests that drinking yerba mate tea three times daily for 60 days can lower blood sugar in people with diabetes.
  • High lipid (fat) levels in the blood. Early research suggests that drinking tea containing Yerba Mate three times daily for 40 days can lower total cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein (LDL or "bad") cholesterol in people with high levels of lipids (fats) in the blood. Also, drinking Yerba Mate tea appears to reduce LDL ("bad") cholesterol and increase high-density lipoprotein (HDL or "good") cholesterol in people with high cholesterol who are also taking statin drugs.
  • Obesity. Early research shows that taking yerba mate by mouth might cause weight loss when used in combination with Guarana and Damiana.
  • Osteoporosis. Drinking a traditional Yerba Mate tea daily might reduce the rate of bone loss in postmenopausal women.
  • Prediabetes. Early research suggests that drinking Yerba Mate tea three times daily for 60 days does not reduce blood sugar before eating in people with prediabetes. However, it might reduce glycated hemoglobin (HbA1C), a measure of average blood sugar.

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    Yerba Mate can be made hot or cold. Traditionally used as a tea, and sometimes available in tea bags, though less effective as such. Read product label directions for recommended use.

    Constituents include tannins, antioxidants, polyphenols, amino acids, saponins, vitamins and flavonoids. The parts used are the dried leaves and leaf fragments, mixtures frequently include flowers.


    Studies show that caffeine sensitive individuals can drink Yerba Mate with no adverse reactions. Yerba Mate is possibly safe for most people, when taken by mouth for short periods of time. It appears most of the side effects and concerns are related to the caffeine content of Yerba Mate.

    Caffeine can cause some side effects such as inability to sleep (insomnia), nervousness and restlessness, stomach upset, nausea and vomiting, increased heart rate and breathing, high blood pressure, headach, ringing in the ears, irregular heartbeats, and other side effects.

    When taken in large amounts or for long periods of time, Yerba Mate may possibly be unsafe due to its caffeine content. It increases the risk of mouth, esophageal, laryneal, kidney, bladder, and lung cancer. This risk is especially high for people who smoke or drink alcohol. The risk of getting cancer is 3 to 7 times higher in people who smoke and use yerba mate for long periods of time.

    Yerba Mate should not be used by children, pregnant women, or breastfeeding mothers because of the caffeine content.

    Heavy alcohol use combined with long-term Yerba Mate use increases the risk of cancer from 3 fold to 7 fold. The caffeine in Yerba Mate might make anxiety disorders worse. Caffeine might slow blood clotting so there may be a concern that it might make bleeding disorders worse. However, this effect has not been reported in people using this herb. Caffeine taken in large amounts can worsen diarrhea and symptoms of IBS. Due to caffeine, the pressure inside the eye increases. The increase occurs within 30 minutes and lasts for at least 90 minutes. If you have glaucoma, discuss your use of Yerba Mate with your health care provider.

    Caffeine can cause irregular heartbeats in certain people. If you have a heart condition, discuss using Yerba Mate (and other caffeine-containing herbs) with your health care provider. Caffeine might increase blood pressure in people with high blood pressure. Consuming 250 mg of caffeine can increase blood pressure in healthy peole, but this does not seem to happen in people who use caffeine regularly. Some research suggests that the caffeine in yerba mate may affect the way people with diabetes process sugar and may complicate blood sugar control. There is also some interesting research that suggests caffeine may make the warning symptoms of low blood sugar in people with type 1 diabetes more noticeable. Some studies show that the symptoms of low blood sugar are more intense when they start in the absence of caffeine, but as low blood sugar continues, symptoms are greater with caffeine. This might increase the ability of people with diabetes to detect and treat low blood sugar. However, the downside is that caffeine might actually increase the number of low-sugar episodes. If you have diabetes, talk with your healthcare provider before using yerba mate.

    Some researchers have found that postmenopausal women who drink a liter or more daily of a traditional South American Yerba Mate tea have higher bone density. However, the caffeine in Yerba Mate tends to flush calcium out of the body in the urine. This can contribute to weak bones. For this reason, many experts recommend that caffeine intake be limited to less than 300 mg per day (approximately 2 to 3 cups of Yerba Mate). Taking extra calcium may help to make up for the calcium that is flushed out. There are some women who are at special risk for weak bones. These women have an inherited condition that makes it hard for them to use vitamin D properly. Vitamin D works with calcium to build strong bones. These women should be especially careful to limit the amount of caffeine they get from yerba mate as well as other sources.

    Yerba Mate contains caffeine and caffeine should not be taken with stimulant drugs such as amphetamines, cocaine, and ephedrine. Caffeine has moderate interaction with Adenosine (Adenocard), antibiotics (Quinolone), Cimetidine, Clozapine, Dipyridamole, Disulfiram, Estrogens, Fluvoxamine, Lithium, MAOIs, Anticoagulants, Nicotine, Pentobarbital, phenylpropanolamine, Riluzole, Theophylline, and Verapmil. Minor interactions occurs with Alcohol, Birth Control Pills and contraceptive drugs, Fluconazole, antidiabetic drugs, Mexiletine, and Terbinatine. Avoid use or consult with your health care practitioner before using a drug with any caffeinated product.


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    Yerba Mate has been known to induce mental clarity, help sustain energy levels, and boost immune system. It works as an antioxidant, and has been used to improve digestion. Yerba Mate can aid in weight loss, and help reduce depression. It has also been used to help alleviate allergies, reduce blood pressure, and balance sleep cycles. Yerba Mate can be made hot or cold. Read product label directions for recommended use. Studies show that caffeine sensitive individuals can drink Yerba Mate with no adverse reactions.


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    Yerba Mate is a lightly stimulating beverage from South America that has a mild amount of caffeine with just the right kick. Our Yerba Mate is organically grown, fair trade certified by IMO, and produces a light green beverage, with a refreshingly bold flavor. This Yerba mate is untreated and contains no filler or flavoring agents, just pure organic Yerba Mate leaves. Contains trace amounts of caffeine.


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