More Benefits of Yerba Mate Tea

The many benefits of yerba mate tea are a very good reason to try this satisfying, healthful herbal tea!

As we learn more about potential risks and concerning side effects connected with many prescription and over-the-counter medications, many of us are committed to finding natural, healthy ways to keep ourselves feeling our best - physically, mentally, and emotionally. 

Teas and herbal tisanes are wonderfully effective, tasty, and proven ways to support and encourage good health, and yerba mate is no exception.

With its distinctly unique aroma and flavor, naturally caffeinated mate is an excellent source of antioxidants, an effective energy booster, a workout enhancer, and a heart- and bone-healthy tea. When you're ready to add yerba mate to your daily routine, here are some of the other health benefits you'll be enjoying...

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. 

Sip some mate to stimulate your immune system

This tea's potent antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties work to fortify our natural defenses against illness, like the common cold and flu viruses. 

And, why not steep a cup of soothing mate when you're already battling a cold or flu? Some steamy mate can keep you well hydrated, ease respiratory congestion and inflammation, comfort a sore throat, and help you get some much-needed sleep, too.

Benefits of Yerba Mate Tea

Vitamin and mineral benefits of yerba mate tea

Yerba mate is a great source of essential vitamins and minerals, including potassium, selenium, chromium, iron, magnesium, calcium, and manganese, as well as vitamins A, C, E, B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin), B3 (niacin), and B5 (pantothenic acid). 

Yerba mate also contains other beneficial natural compounds that support good health and prevent disease, including polyphenols, fatty acids, flavonols, amino acids, and chlorophyll. 

Relieve allergy and hay fever symptoms with yerba mate

Drinking yerba mate can subdue your immune system's response to allergens, and help to open the respiratory tract by reducing inflammation and congestion.

Suffering from headaches?

Yerba mate may provide relief. The next time you feel a headache coming on, drinking some mate may help to ward off the pain. Mate can be particularly effective for headaches arising from fatigue or emotional distress, like anxiety or stress (yerba mate's B and C vitamins are very effective at combating stress!).

Benefits of Yerba Mate Tea

Ease the symptoms of arthritis and rheumatism with mate

Not only can mate help to ease arthritic aches and pains, but this healthful tea's anti-inflammatory benefits work to reduce uncomfortable joint swelling, too.

Drink mate for fresher breath

Mate is a natural, tasty, healthy way to freshen your breath. Yerba mate's antibacterial properties can inhibit the bacteria that leads to halitosis, so drink or rinse with mate when your breath needs freshening. 

Did you know...

Yerba mate is also called 'St. Bartholomew's tea,' 'Jesuit's tea,' 'Ilex,' 'Guyaki Paraguay tea,' 'Chimarrão' 'Cimmaron,' and 'Hervea.'

Yerba mate for romance

If you're planning a romantic evening, why not plan to include some yerba mate in your dinner menu? Traditionally, mate is considered by many to have aphrodisiac benefits. And theobromine, a compound found in yerba mate, is also believed to have amorous effects. 

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We're not finished with the benefits of yerba mate tea... Keep reading about this wonderfully healthful herbal tea here.

We've loved teas and herbal tisanes (like yerba mate) around the world for centuries, not only as comforting, refreshing, and hydrating beverages, but for the many ways they support and encourage our health and wellness.

If you've been thinking of venturing into the world of tea or are looking for a new tea to add to your tea collection or routine, you may enjoy yerba mate! So flavorful and so many health benefits, this herbal tea is growing in popularity around the world - for very good reason.

Love the benefits of yerba mate tea... but are there any risks or concerns?

As with any tea, it's a good idea to stay informed not only about yerba mate's potential health benefits, but also about any possible risks or side effects associated with drinking mate. Your herbalist, naturopath, or other trusted healthcare provider is an excellent resource for any questions you have about the benefits of yerba mate tea and potential concerns, too, and why not browse through our Yerba Mate Side Effects pages, as well?

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 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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