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.)
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!
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).
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.
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?
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.
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.
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With so many of us looking to be at a healthy weight, it’s no surprise that natural weight-management options – like cinnamon and weight loss – have captured our interest.
As with any tea in our tea stash, it’s important to stay abreast of possible cinnamon side effects and precautions before brewing and enjoying a spicy cup of cinnamon tea.
If you love making your own cinnamon herbal tea from ground cinnamon or cinnamon sticks, here are some helpful tips for choosing, storing, and using cinnamon for tea.