Steep a cup of this healthful herbal tea to enjoy many yerba mate tea benefits!
If you're looking for an herbal tea that can boost your overall physical and mental health and wellbeing, you may want to consider mate - a tasty, healthy addition to your tea stash!
From supporting bone and heart health, to boosting the immune system, to balancing your mood, to promoting good digestion and so much more, the list of ways that mate can encourage and support good health goes on and on.
There are so many reasons to love and enjoy this enticing tea... Here are more reasons to include mate in your day! (If you missed our other Yerba Mate Tea Benefits pages, they begin here.)
As we age, our bones tend to lose bone mineral density (BMD), which can put us at greater risk for fractures and osteoporosis.
A healthy diet and regular activity can go a long way towards protecting bone health and strength as we get older!
Including mate in your day may help keep your bones strong, too. A research study targeting postmenopausal women and osteoporosis prevention and treatment found that women who enjoyed 4 cups of yerba mate tea daily for 4 or more years had 9.7% higher BMD in the lumbar spine and 6.2% higher BMD in the upper thigh than women who didn't drink mate. Find more tips about the benefits of tea as we age here.
Chronic inflammation is a big concern, and we're hearing a lot about it lately. Not only does chronic inflammation speed up the aging process in our bodies, but it also is a key risk factor for heart disease, cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer's, stroke, and other serious illnesses and diseases.
Many types of teas can effectively help reduce chronic inflammation, including yerba mate, with its powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
Yerba mate may benefit those with diabetes by lowering blood glucose levels and reducing the risk of developing heart disease, too.
In a Brazilian study, diabetic patients who enjoyed 330 ml (about 11 oz.) of roasted yerba mate tea three times a day had considerably lower blood glucose and LDL (bad) cholesterol levels after the 60 days of the study. When dietary changes were added (more legumes, fruits, vegetables, and whole grains), the participants had an increase in HDL (good) cholesterol levels, as well.
Current research is also targeting yerba mate's ability to help fight and prevent cancer. Preliminary research suggests that yerba mate may inhibit the growth and spread of cancer cells, and even destroy certain types of cancer cells.
While more research is needed, recent studies have shown the effectiveness of yerba mate's anticancer properties against colon, liver, and oral cancer cells. And, yerba mate's potent antioxidants work to protect us from cancer and other chronic disease, too.
Herbal teas like yerba mate are so delicious and healthful, but not every tea is the best choice for each of us! Stay up-to-date about tea benefits and concerns for the teas in your tea cupboard so you'll know you're making safe and healthy tea choices.
Before you add yerba mate to your day, drop by our Yerba Mate Side Effects pages to learn more about potential side effects and risks associated with this tea. And, the next time you visit your herbalist, naturopath, or other trusted healthcare provider, ask her or him about yerba mate tea benefits and other good tea choices for you, too.
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