What is Yerba mate for and what are its benefits?
Scientific name: Ilex paraguariensis.
Higher classification: Ilex
Preservation state: Almost Threatened Encyclopedia of Life
Yerba mate is a medicinal plant that has a thin gray stem, oval leaves and small green or purplish red fruits. It is widely cultivated in southern Brazil and is used as a home remedy for cholesterol due to its properties.
Yerba mate is also popularly known as mate, congonha or chimarrão, being marketed as mate tea.
What is it for
This medicinal herb is useful for losing weight, combating bad cholesterol (LDL) and increasing good cholesterol (HDL), lowering blood glucose, quenching hunger, stimulating brain function, improving blood circulation, facilitating digestion, Cleansing the skin and furthermore also contributes to a healthy cardiovascular and respiratory system.
Benefits of Yerba mate
Yerba mate is composed of caffeine, theophylline, theobromine, folic acid, tannins, minerals and vitamins A, B1, B2, C, and E and therefore acts as an antioxidant, diuretic, mild laxative, stimulant and aphrodisiac.
It can increase energy and improve mental focus: Thanks to its caffeine content, Yerba mate can help boost your energy levels and increase your mental focus.
Can improve physical performance: Yerba mate increases the body’s dependence on fat for fuel during exercise. It can also improve muscle contractions and reduce fatigue, which can contribute to better physical performance.
It can protect against infections: Yerba mate may have some antibacterial, antiparasitic and antifungal properties.
It can help you lose weight and belly fat.
Yerba mate can reduce appetite, increase metabolism and increase the amount of fat burned as fuel.
It can boost the immune system: Yerba mate has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that can boost the immune system.
Reduces blood sugar levels: Yerba mate can improve insulin signaling and blood sugar control.
It can decrease the risk of heart disease: Yerba mate’s antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and cholesterol-lowering properties can help protect against heart disease.