What is yerba mate?
Yerba mate is a shrub belonging to the genus Ilex, plants also known as holly. Its scientific name is Ilex paraguariensis, and it is easily found in the basins of the Paraná and Uruguay rivers, especially in its upper parts.
The native Guarani and Tupis from those regions used to use yerba in a traditional way, collecting the leaves of the then wild plant. It was the Jesuits established in Misiones (Argentina) who managed to domesticate and plant the yerba mate on a large scale.
Currently, Brazil is the largest producer of yerba mate, followed by Argentina and third in Paraguay.
Mate does well because it is a powerful antioxidant, source of vitamins, minerals and also helps to reduce bad cholesterol.
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The infusions of yerba mate have a great antioxidant power due to their high concentration of polyphenols. Polyphenols improve the body’s natural defenses and protect it from cell damage.
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Polyphenol content (mg / 100 ml)
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Source of Vitamins
Yerba mate contains vitamins of group B.
The body needs 13 vitamins, 8 of which belong to group B, which are essential for bodily functions such as energy production and red blood cells.
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Source of Minerals
Yerba Mate contains potassium, an essential mineral and necessary for the proper functioning of the heart; and magnesium, which helps the body to incorporate proteins.
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Contains xanthines (caffeine, theobromine, theophylline), are compounds that stimulate the central nervous system and promote mental activity, and increase energy levels and concentration.
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Helps reduce bad cholesterol
The results of a scientific study carried out by a team of researchers from the Juan Agustìn Maza University in Mendoza, confirm that the consumption of yerba mate helps reduce bad cholesterol (LDL) and triglycerides.
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