More Health Benefits of Yerba Mate

You'll be amazed at the health benefits of yerba mate once you've tried this flavorsome, satisfying tea. Sleep-friendly, heart-healthy, a mood and energy booster, this tea's wellness benefits are incredibly wide-ranging and remarkable. 

Yerba mate has been valued for centuries in South America, but this herbal tisane is still new to many of us around the world. Yerba mate tea has a distinctly unique aroma and flavor and, because it is naturally caffeinated, is unusual amongst herbal teas (which are typically caffeine free). 

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If you've been hearing about yerba mate and are considering adding this tea to your tea routine, keep reading to learn more about why mate may be a smart choice (if you missed our first page about health benefits of yerba mate, you'll find it here). 

  • Sip some yerba mate to strengthen and support the digestive system. If you're feeling bloated or struggling with constipation, drinking some yerba mate tea may help - this herbal tea relieves water retention and encourages regularity, too. Yerba mate is also known to ease acid reflux, stimulate the gall bladder, increase bile flow, and help things move more quickly and easily through the intestinal tract. And, sipping mate may aid in relieving 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.

Ready to enjoy these health benefits of yerba mate? 

If you're ready to try some yerba mate tea, visit our Yerba Mate Recipes section for easy recipes and some tips for making mate (a traditional version, or with loose-leaf tea or a teabag). There's also an Iced Yerba Mate recipe, as well as a recipe for a delectable Yerba Mate Latte

  • Unlike other herbal teas, yerba mate is a natural source of caffeine, and moderate amounts of caffeine can be beneficial in many ways. Include some caffeine in your day (in a cup of yerba mate tea, for example) to increase energy, heighten focus and cognitive performance, boost metabolism, and protect against age-related cognitive decline. While caffeine does come with some precautions, many mate drinkers find that this herbal tea provides an increase in alertness and energy - without the side effects (like insomnia, restlessness, and anxiety) that may accompany other caffeinated beverages. 

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  • Support good bone health with yerba mate. 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. Regularly enjoying yerba mate may help keep 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 four 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. 

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  • Improve exercise sessions with yerba mate. Research tells us that adding yerba mate to our day can enhance workout sessions, too - not only will we be able to exercise for longer periods of time, but we may burn more calories during the workout, as well. Yerba mate is a natural source of caffeine, and caffeine also increases stamina (helping us 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 iced yerba mate into your gym bag, instead?
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  • Struggling to lose those few extra pounds - and keep them off? Yerba mate may be a good addition to an overall weight-loss plan. Research shows that enjoying this tea before meals helps us feel full more quickly and for a longer period of time, meaning we may be less likely to overindulge or keep snacking. Yerba mate's high levels of antioxidants may also provide weight-loss support by increasing metabolism and energy levels. Add this to mate's ability to boost workout sessions and the fact that it's a natural source of caffeine (caffeine can also boost metabolism), and we have even more reasons to sip some yerba mate when we're looking to lose weight. Learn more here about the health benefits of yerba mate for weight loss. 

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This traditional tea has been much-loved for centuries. And, the age-old knowledge about health benefits of yerba mate (plus recent scientific research) gives us a multitude of reasons to include this healthful brew in our days. 

If you're thinking of trying this tea, but you have some questions about yerba mate for you, your herbalist, naturopath, or another natural health physician is a great resource - she or he would be happy to help with any tea-related questions or concerns you have. Visit our Yerba Mate Side Effects page for some tips for safe use, as well as information about precautions associated with yerba mate tea, too. 

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