Yerba mate is one of the healthiest drinks in the world. Of Amerindian origin, it has conquered fans in Europe thanks to its numerous health benefits. Find out more.
Yerba mate, a nutritious drink
From a nutritional point of view, yerba mate is a 100% complete drink. A true source of nutrients and minerals, abundant in enzymes and phytochemicals, it is considered a superfood.
Yerba mate is high in calcium, magnesium and potassium, minerals that are essential for a healthy heart. It also contains selenium, iron, zinc and about fifteen amino acids. Yerba mate also contains vitamins A, C, E and especially those of the B group, which stimulate the metabolism and promote cell renewal.
A well-being drink
A natural energy booster, yerba mate is very popular with sportsmen and women. Drinking an infusion of mate helps to chase away fatigue and to recover after heavy physical effort. Furthermore, mate is known for its stimulating properties thanks to the caffeine it contains. It stimulates the brain and improves concentration. Consumption of yerba mate allows for better performance at work. Although yerba mate has a similar effect to coffee, it is more beneficial than coffee. In fact, the caffeine in mate is much less concentrated than in coffee. Maté is therefore better tolerated by the body than coffee. Moreover, it has no stimulating effect.
Apart from that, yerba mate is a natural antidepressant. The Guaraní Indians used to drink yerba mate to keep their mood up. The drink contains theobromine, an active ingredient that stimulates the production of serotonin and noradrenaline. Known as the happy hormones, these two hormones play an important role in reducing stress and anxiety.
But that’s not all! Thanks to its depurative and diuretic actions, yerba mate helps with weight loss. Its consumption promotes the elimination of fat and toxins in the body. In addition, the caffeine in mate has an appetite suppressant effect. The consumption of yerba mate makes you feel full, which is a goal to be achieved when you are on a diet.
An excellent antioxidant
Containing twice as much antioxidant as green tea, yerba mate is an excellent anti-ageing agent. Its richness in antioxidants helps to thwart the free radicals that cause cell aging. In addition, the antioxidant properties of mate make it a valuable ally in strengthening the body’s immunity and even preventing cancer.
Rich in polyphenols, yerba mate is good for the heart. It prevents arteriosclerosis and avoids the formation of blood clots that can lead to heart attacks. In addition, the saponin in mate regulates cholesterol. Drinking four cups of yerba mate a day can significantly reduce the level of bad cholesterol in the blood.