Yerba Mate Benefits for Health and Wellness

Tea lovers in South America have known for centuries about yerba mate benefits and the satisfying taste of this wonderful herbal tea. Now, word is spreading about yerba mate, and people around the world are growing to love and appreciate this healthy brew. 

Traditionally, yerba mate has been valued especially for its ability to lessen fatigue, boost energy, and increase mental clarity and focus. 

But yerba mate benefits go far beyond increasing energy and mental stimulation - this herbal tea is an antioxidant powerhouse (even more so than green tea!), encourages good digestion, supports bone and heart health, boosts weight loss, and much, much more. 

Here are some of the many health and wellness benefits of yerba mate. 

Increase your antioxidant intake with yerba mate

A diet high in antioxidants is essential for good health. Antioxidants fight harmful free radicals in our bodies, encourage a healthy weight, keep skin supple and firm, and protect us from chronic disease, such as cancer, heart disease, liver disease, Alzheimer's, diabetes, and more.

Delicious yerba mate is an excellent source of antioxidants, providing even greater protection against destructive free radicals than green tea does (learn more about green tea benefits here). 

Yerba Mate Benefits & You!

What do you think of yerba mate? If you've tried this herbal tea, why not share your thoughts and opinions about yerba mate benefits for health and wellness with our other readers? We'd love to hear what you think! Click here to join the conversation and share your experience with mate. 

Need a boost of physical or mental energy and stamina?

    Yerba mate is well known for its ability to eliminate physical fatigue and leave you feeling invigorated, instead. And, if you're mentally exhausted, remember, yerba mate isn't just known for its physical benefits - this tea can give you a revitalizing mental boost, too.

Elevate your mood with yerba mate

If you've been feeling emotionally low, nervous, or anxious, sipping some yerba mate can boost and balance your mood.

Not only is yerba mate an excellent source of stress-fighting B and C vitamins, but this herbal tea also contains a compound called theobromine, which encourages calm relaxation, lowers blood pressure, and stimulates long-lasting feelings of well-being.

Sound familiar? Chocolate and the tea plant (Camellia sinensis) contain theobromine, too! (By the way, "theobromine" can be loosely translated as "food of the gods.")

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Yerba mate is a heart-healthy drink 

    This anti-inflammatory, antioxidant tea can help to lower high blood pressure and reduce the risk of stroke and heart disease.
    And, research has shown that enjoying three cups of roasted or green yerba mate each day can lower LDL (bad) cholesterol levels significantly, helping to keep arteries unobstructed and flexible, and lowering the chance of cardiovascular disease. 
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Yerba mate benefits for insomnia

    Struggling with insomnia? In our stressful, busy world, it can be so difficult to leave the worries of the day behind and settle our minds and bodies enough to fall (and stay) asleep at night.
    If you've been having trouble falling asleep or sleeping soundly through the night when you do finally sleep, why not try some yerba mate?
    Although mate does contain caffeine, this tea typically doesn't bring on insomnia, as other caffeinated beverages often do. Not only does yerba mate encourage a deep, relaxing, refreshing sleep, but many people find they require slightly less sleep after adding this tea to their daily routine.

Did you know...

The word "yerba" is Spanish for "herb," and "mate" is the hollow gourd used as a cup or container to brew and serve this tea. 

    You may need to do a bit of experimenting to find the best time of day for you to enjoy yerba mate to experience its sleep benefits. While some find that early evening teatime is most effective, others indicate that mate in the afternoon or even the morning helps them sleep their best. 

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We're not through - there are many more yerba mate benefits! Click here to discover more about this healthful herbal tea. 

If you enjoy herbal teas, you'll be hard pressed to find a healthier, more beneficial herbal tea than yerba mate! In fact, after researching the properties of yerba mate in the 1960s, the Pasteur Institute and the Paris Scientific Society stated that no other plant in the world had equal nutritional value to yerba mate, and claimed that mate contains basically all of the vitamins necessary to sustain life. 

Ready to give yerba mate a try? You'll find tips for making this healthful herbal tea here, and please remember to drop by our Yerba Mate Side Effects pages to learn more about cautions associated with drinking yerba mate. 

Your Yerba Mate Benefits

Do you have a great story about yerba mate benefits? We'd love to hear it!

If you drink mate when you need an energy boost, if you're struggling with insomnia, to keep your digestive system working well, or for any other reason, why not share your comments about yerba mate and its health benefits with other visitors to our site?

If you love yerba mate tea - or even if you're just not a fan of this herbal tea - your thoughts and opinions will be so helpful for other visitors to our site who are wondering about yerba mate.

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More about Yerba Mate Benefits

Yerba Mate Benefits - If you enjoy herbal teas, you'll be hard pressed to find a healthier, more beneficial herbal tea than mate! Read more about the many ways this tea can benefit your physical, mental, and emotional health. 

Yerba Mate Benefits & You! - What do you think of yerba mate tea? Why not share your thoughts and opinions about yerba mate and its health benefits with our other readers? And, see what other visitors to our site have to say about mate, as well. 

Side Effects of Yerba Mate - Mate is brimming with health and wellness benefits, but be sure to stay informed about any potential side effects of yerba mate before you add this tea to your day. 

Yerba Mate and Pregnancy - If you're a parent-to-be and you've been wondering about yerba mate during pregnancy, here are a few things to keep in mind.

Yerba Mate during Pregnancy - Yes or No? - What are your thoughts and opinions about enjoying yerba mate while you're expecting or breastfeeding? See what other visitors to our site have to say, and why not share your own comments and experiences, too?

Yerba Mate for Weight Loss - If you've been thinking of losing a few pounds for health reasons or just to feel a bit better about yourself, here are some of the reasons yerba mate for weight loss might be a good choice for you.

Yerba Mate Recipes - Whether you'd like to learn more about making yerba mate the 'traditional' way, are interested in trying iced mate, or are craving a steamy yerba mate latte, you'll find a recipe here.

What is Yerba Mate? - Get to know the South American Ilex paraguariensis shrub and the flavorful herbal tea made from its dried leaves. 


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