More Health Benefits of Yerba Mate

The health benefits of yerba mate are so wide-ranging... boosting energy, encouraging a sound and refreshing sleep, increasing stamina, weight management, and so much more!

While mate and its benefits for physical and mental wellness have been valued for centuries in some parts of the world, this herbal tea is still quite new to many of us.

If you've been hearing about yerba mate and are considering adding this tea to your tea stash, keep reading to learn more about health benefits of yerba mate and why mate may be a naturally healthy and beneficial choice for you. (If you'd rather start from the beginning, you'll find our first page about Yerba Mate Benefits here.)

Give your digestive system a boost with mate

If you're feeling bloated or struggling with constipation, sipping some yerba mate tea may help. Yerba mate relieves water retention and encourages regularity, too.

This herbal tea may ease acid reflux, stimulate the gall bladder, increase bile flow, and help things move more quickly and easily through the intestinal tract, as well. And, drinking mate can relieve the itch and discomfort of painful hemorrhoids. 

A natural, effective way to stimulate, strengthen, tone, and support the entire digestive system, from top to bottom!

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. 

Yerba mate is a natural source of caffeine

Unlike other herbal teas, yerba mate does contain caffeine, and moderate amounts of caffeine can provide many health benefits. 

Include some caffeine in your day (in a cup of yerba mate, for example) to increase energy, heighten focus and cognitive performance, improve long-term memory, boost metabolism, and protect against age-related cognitive decline (read more about caffeine health benefits here). 

Health Benefits of Yerba Mate

While caffeine may have some potential side effects when consumed in large amounts or for those who are sensitive or allergic to caffeine, many mate drinkers find that this tea provides an increase in alertness and energy - without the side effects (like insomnia, restlessness, and anxiety) that tend to accompany other caffeinated beverages. 

Improve your exercise sessions with yerba mate

Research tells us that adding yerba mate to your day can enhance your workout sessions, too - not only will you be able to exercise for longer periods of time, but you'll burn more calories during your workout, as well. 

Yerba mate is a natural source of caffeine, and caffeine also increases stamina (helping you work out for longer periods of time with increased intensity) and improves physical performance, coordination, and response time.

So, instead of that energy drink you've been taking to the gym, why not slip a thermos of hot or cold yerba mate into your gym bag, instead?

Health Benefits of Yerba Mate

Struggling to lose those few extra pounds - and keep them off?

Yerba mate may be a good addition to your overall weight-loss plan. Research shows that enjoying this tea before meals helps you feel full more quickly and for a longer period of time, meaning you may be less likely to overindulge or keep snacking. 

Yerba mate's high levels of antioxidants also fight fat by increasing metabolism and energy levels. Add this to mate's ability to boost your workout sessions and the fact that it's a natural source of caffeine (caffeine also boosts metabolism), and you have even more reasons to sip some yerba mate when you're working to lose weight. 

You can read more about yerba mate and weight loss on our Yerba Mate for Weight Loss pages. 

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Mate has many more health benefits! Keep reading here about other ways yerba mate tea can support good health and wellbeing. 

If you're ready to try some yerba mate, drop by our Yerba Mate Recipe pages for some tips on how to make mate (a traditional version, iced mate, a yerba mate latte, and more).

This traditional tea has been enjoyed for centuries, and the age-old knowledge about health benefits of yerba mate, plus many recent scientific studies, gives us a multitude of reasons to include this healthful brew in our diets. From increasing energy and improving mood to preventing chronic disease and fighting obesity, yerba mate encourages good health and longevity in so many ways. 

Health Benefits of Yerba Mate... Are there any risks I should worry about?

Before you add any new tea to your (or your family's) routine, do a bit of research to ensure it's a safe and healthy choice for your household. Learn more on our Yerba Mate Side Effects pages, and ask your herbalist, naturopath, or other healthcare professional about potential side effects and health benefits of yerba mate, too. 

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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Arbiser JL, Li XC, Hossain CF, et al. Naturally occurring proteasome inhibitors from mate tea (Ilex paraguayensis) serve as models for topical proteasome inhibitors. J Invest Dermatol. Aug 2005;125(2):207-212.

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Conforti AS, Gallo ME, Saravi FD. Yerba Mate (Ilex paraguariensis) consumption is associated with higher bone mineral density in postmenopausal women. Bone. Jan 2012;50(1):9-13.  

Gonzalez de Mejia E, Song YS, Ramirez-Mares MV, et al. Effect of yerba mate (Ilex paraguariensis) tea on topoisomerase inhibition and oral carcinoma cell proliferation. J Agric Food Chem. Mar 23 2005;53(6):1966-1973. 

Harrold JA, Hughes GM, O’Shiel K, et al. Acute effects of a herb extract formulation and inulin fibre on appetite, energy intake and food choice. Appetite. Mar 2013;62:84-90.  

Heck CI, De Mejia EG. Yerba Mate Tea (Ilex paraguariensis): A Comprehensive Review on Chemistry, Health Implications, and Technological Considerations. Journal of Food Science. Nov/Dec 2007;72(9):R138-R151. 

Klein, GA et al. Mate tea (Ilex paraguariensis) improves glycemic and lipid profiles of type 2 diabetes and pre-diabetes individuals: A pilot study. J Am Coll Nutr. 2011 Oct; 30(5):320-32.  

Loria D, Barrios E, Zanetti R. Cancer and yerba mate consumption: a review of possible associations. Rev Panam Salud Publica. 2009 Jun;25(6):530-9.  

Miranda DD, Arcari DP, Pedrazzoli J, Jr., et al. Protective effects of mate tea (Ilex paraguariensis) on H2O2-induced DNA damage and DNA repair in mice. Mutagenesis. Jul 2008;23(4):261-265. 

Puangpraphant S, Berhow MA, Vermillion K, et al. Dicaffeoylquinic acids in Yerba mate (Ilex paraguariensis St. Hilaire) inhibit NF-kappaB nucleus translocation in macrophages and induce apoptosis by activating caspases-8 and -3 in human colon cancer cells. Mol Nutr Food Res. Oct 2011;55(10):1509-1522. 

Santos I, Matijasevich A, Valle N. Maté Drinking during Pregnancy and Risk of Preterm and Small for Gestational Age Birth. J. Nutr. May 1, 2005; 135(5):1120-1123.    

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