Yerba mate is a popular drink in South American countries. Its multiple antioxidant, tonic and stimulating virtues are recognized around the world. We take stock.
Widely consumed in Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay, yerba mate is an infusion made from mate leaves.. This tree is found at the edge of the streams and forests of South America on sandy and wet soils. Its green and shiny leaves are used for making the infusion. Small red berries also grow on the mate. The active ingredients contained in the leaves are caffeine, tannins, catechins, flavonoids, vitamins and essential oils.
Also called Jesuit tea, yerba mate has been consumed for centuries by the indigenous peoples of Brazil and Paraguay. In Argentina, this drink is a symbol of conviviality and is consumed throughout the day. Yerba mate is known for its many health benefits.
Yerba mate would act on hypercholesterolemia
Hypercholesterolemia is characterized by an excess of “bad cholesterol” in the blood. This pathology does not cause any visible symptoms and it is therefore necessary to carry out a regular lipid assessment to control its evolution. In 2009, a Brazilian study observed the effects of yerba mate on lipid, lipoprotein and cholesterol levels.
For research purposes, the researchers recruited 102 participants who consumed three cups of yerba mate per day. In this study, 30 volunteers were diagnosed withhypercholesterolemia. Results: scientists found a significant decrease cholesterol level in patients with hypercholesterolemia.
Yerba mate: an antioxidant drink
Antioxidants have multiple health benefits. These components are also essential to promote the proper functioning of the body. Rich in antioxidants, yerba mate helps slow the aging of body cells. Yerba mate leaves also prevent certain neurodegenerative pathologies such as Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s.
Yerba mate, an ally against fatigue
A drink made from yerba mate leaves helps fight slackness. Mate has tonic properties that provide a boost of energy. In case physical fatigue or mental, you can prepare an infusion of yerba mate to regain an Olympic form. In addition, this drink has a stimulating effect that reduces the risk of falling asleep and drowsiness.
Yerba mate would promote weight loss
A balanced diet and physical activity are essential elements for losing weight. The infusions of yerba mate would also make it possible to eliminate a few kilos, because they would promote the feeling of satiety.
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How to prepare an infusion of yerba mate?
A typical drink from Argentina, the infusion of yerba maté must be meticulously prepared. In the original recipe, several elements are essential: a calabash, the container in which the infusion is prepared and a bombilla, a kind of straw that allows the yerba mate leaves to be filtered. The preparation is based on a few steps:
- Fill three quarters of the calabash with yerba mate leaves
- Place your hand on the opening of the calabash and turn it over to collect the powder and leave only the leaves in the container
- Slightly tilt the calabash so that the leaves are on one side only
- Pour in cold water and wait a few minutes for the leaves to soak in
- Insert the bombilla into the hollow side of the calabash
- Add simmering water and start enjoying your drink
If you don’t have a calabash, these steps can be done with a mug. Yerba mate is also sold in capsule form.
What are the contraindications for yerba mate?
In high doses, yerba mate can be genotoxic and mutagenic. Genotoxic agents damage DNA and sometimes trigger genetic mutations. As for mutagens, they can also cause mutations within the body.
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