Yerba mate tea is made from the dried leaves of the Holly tree native to South America. The tea has been used for centuries as a health tonic and stimulant beverage by the South American native peoples, and is still used as such today. Yerba mate contains healthy antioxidants and has been a folklore favorite in South America used to reduce inflammation in arthritis and gout. Containing 196 active compounds, nutrients, and amino acids, Yerba maté is rich in phenolics and saponins with potential lipid-lowering properties and has shown favorable results in a studies showing drinking green and roasted yerba maté over time has cholesterol-lowering potential. 1
Mate contains an alkaloid called mateine, which acts much like smooth caffeine. Additionally, it is believed to act to assist dieters in reducing food cravings and by helping you feel fuller, longer. 77 78Drinking yerba mate herbal teas as part of a diet for weight loss is one of the best ways to reduce calorie intake while consuming a healthy beverage. Unlike diet soda, herbal diet tea contains no chemicals and artificial sweeteners.
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