More Yerba Mate Tea Benefits

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.)

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!

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. 

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. 

Fight chronic inflammation with yerba mate

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.

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Benefits of yerba mate for diabetes

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. 

Yerba mate tea benefits & cancer

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.

Can yerba mate cause cancer?

Some researchers suggest that yerba mate may increase the risk of certain types of cancer, but other research refutes these results. Learn more about research targeting yerba mate and cancer prevalence on our Yerba Mate Side Effects pages. 

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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.

Yerba Mate & Coffee

If you've been wanting a change from coffee, why not give naturally caffeinated yerba mate a try? You'll get your caffeine, but without the typical caffeine side effects experienced by many coffee drinkers. In general, yerba mate drinkers don't sustain the anxiety, jitters, or insomnia often associated with drinking coffee and other caffeinated beverages. And, of course, don't forget about the many yerba mate tea benefits

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 and Pregnancy - If you're a parent-to-be and you've been wondering about yerba mate during pregnancy, here are a few things to keep in mind.

Yerba Mate during Pregnancy - Yes or No? - What are your thoughts and opinions about enjoying yerba mate while you're expecting or breastfeeding? See what other visitors to our site have to say, and why not share your own comments and experiences, too?

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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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. 

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