Yerba mate belongs to the holly family. Starting out as a shrub, it grows up into a tree that can be almost fifty feet tall. The leaves are evergreen, 7–11 cm long and 3–5.5 cm wide, with a serrated margin (Wikipedia). These leaves are used in producing yerba mate tea. White the yerba mate tree grows in the Amazon rainforest and is used as a popular tea in places such as Argentine and Brazil, this tea is making it presence known throughout different countries in the world. Not only is this tea delicious to drink, it also contains many medicinal benefits.
Image by Stuart Miles at FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Yerba mate tea is a natural source of energy. If you are an athlete, work long hours or suffer from fatigue, drinking a cup of this tea will give you the energy that you need. It is much better and safer than guzzling those energy drinks.
Yerba mate tea contains saponins. These are effective in preventing atherosclerosis. This is also known as hardening of the arteries. This condition happens when you have a high amount of bad cholesterol in your body. When your arteries become clogged up with fatty buildup, it is harder for the blood to move to and from your heart. By drinking yerba mate tea, you are reducing the amount of bad cholesterol in your body as well as increasing the amounts of good cholesterol at the same time and improving your circulation system at the same time. Yerba mate tea in your daily regimen will help improve the blood through the circulatory system especially to vital parts such as the heart and brain.
Yerba mate tea is an excellent source of potassium, manganese and magnesium which are all needed to keep our blood pressure numbers at a safe level. When we do not have enough of these in our daily diets, we run the risk of getting high blood pressure. When you keep your blood pressure lower you run a less risk of getting a heart attack or stroke. The American Heart Association states that food that contains potassium, manganese and magnesium play a key role in reducing blood pressure.
Yerba mate tea is an excellent aid to your digestive system. If you eat a spicy meal or over indulge at the all you can eat buffet, a cup of yerba mate tea along with your meals goes a long way in relieving symptoms of indigestion such as heartburn, gas, bloating, and nausea.
Including yerba mate tea in your diet is an excellent way to boost up your metabolism and lose weight. The pantothenic acid-or Vitamin B5-found in this tea help remove toxins from the body by making them more water soluble where the kidney flush them out with urine. This helps speed up the breakdown of fats, carbohydrates and protein. By drinking a cup or two of yerba you will notice that your energy will increase and that you will become more active. Eventually you will notice that your pants will feel looser on you since this tea will suppress your appetite and make you feel full.
The Vitamin B5 is also a very powerful anti-oxidant, which we need to protect our bodies against free radicals. “Free radicals is a term often used to describe damaged cells that can be problematic. They are “free” because they are missing a critical molecule, which sends them on a rampage to pair with another molecule” (WebMD). The damaged cells will attack the good ones and damage them as well.
Where to Find Yerba Mate Tea
You can find yerba mate tea at most grocery store in the tea and coffee aisle. You can also find a wide variety at your local health food store. You can purchase yerba mate tea on line at sites such as EBay and Amazon.
Even though yerba mate tea is low in caffeine, do not drink this with other products that contain caffeine. It may cause your heart rate to increase, your blood pressure to go higher. For this reason it is also recommended to drink no more than two cups of yerba mate tea per day.
Stop drinking this tea if it gives you an upset stomach or are vomiting from this tea.
Always talk to your doctor before you start drinking yerba mate tea since some this may interact with medicines and supplements you may already be taking.