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 to support and nurture overall health and well-being, consider yerba mate - you'll love this flavorful addition to your tea stash.  

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Made from the dried leaves of the Ilex paraguariensis shrub, yerba mate (or simply "mate") has been enjoyed by indigenous peoples in South America for centuries for its distinctive taste and many wellness benefits. Today, yerba mate continues to be an incredibly beloved beverage in many parts of South America, and is growing in popularity in many other parts of the world, too. 

There are so many reasons to love this enticing herbal tea... Let's look at more reasons to include yerba mate in your day (if you missed our other yerba mate tea benefits pages, they begin here.)

  • Sip some mate to stimulate the immune system. This tea's potent antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties may help to fortify our natural defenses against illness, like the common cold and flu viruses. And, why not steep a cup of soothing yerba mate if you're already battling a cold or flu? Some steamy yerba mate can keep you well hydrated and may ease respiratory congestion and inflammation, comfort a sore throat, and help you get some much-needed sleep, too. 
  • Yerba mate is an excellent source of essential vitamins and minerals, including potassium, selenium, chromium, iron, magnesium, calcium, 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 can support wellness, including polyphenols, fatty acids, flavonols, amino acids, and chlorophyll. 
  • Yerba mate may provide relief from headache. The next time you feel a headache coming on, drinking some yerba mate may ward off the pain. Mate may be particularly effective for headaches arising from fatigue or emotional distress (yerba mate's B vitamins can be very effective at combating stress). 

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  • Have some yerba mate to promote healthy blood sugar levels. While the growing occurrence of type 2 diabetes is distressing, fortunately, there is so much we can do concerning lifestyle and dietary choices to keep ourselves healthy. For example, research suggests that regularly enjoying a cup or two of yerba mate tea may help to lower high blood glucose levels. (If you are being treated for diabetes, please consult with your primary care provider about safe amounts of yerba mate for you.)

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  • Alleviate mild allergy and hay fever symptoms with yerba mate. Drinking yerba mate may help subdue the immune system's response to allergens, and aid in opening and reducing inflammation and congestion in the respiratory tract. 
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  • Ease the symptoms of arthritis and rheumatism with mate. Not only may yerba mate tea alleviate arthritic aches and pains, but this helpful tea's anti-inflammatory benefits may also help reduce uncomfortable joint swelling, too. 
  • Mate is a natural, tasty, healthy way to freshen breath. If your breath could use some freshening, try sipping or swishing with some yerba mate tea... Yerba mate tea benefits include antibacterial properties that help to combat bad breath by inhibiting bacteria that lead to halitosis. 

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  • If you're planning a romantic evening, why not include some yerba mate tea in the dinner menu? Traditionally, mate is believed to have aphrodisiac benefits. And theobromine, a compound found in yerba mate (as well as in chocolate and the tea plant, Camellia sinensis), is also considered to have amorous effects. 

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Around the world, we've loved teas and herbal tisanes (like yerba mate) for centuries. We are so fortunate to have at our fingertips natural, effective, cost-efficient alternatives for helping us encourage and maintain good health and wellness. 

Coffee... or Yerba Mate Tea Benefits?

If you've been wanting a change from coffee, why not give naturally caffeinated yerba mate a try? You'll get caffeine, but without the typical caffeine side effects experienced by many coffee drinkers. In general, yerba mate drinkers tend not to experience the anxiety, jitters, or insomnia often associated with drinking coffee and other caffeinated beverages.  

If you've been thinking of venturing into the world of tea or are looking for a new tea to add to your tea routine, you may find yerba mate to be a wonderful choice. So very flavorful and incredibly healthful, this herbal tea will surprise and delight your taste buds, and nourish and benefit your body and mind. 

Please do keep in mind, not every tea is the best choice for each of us... Before you make and enjoy some yerba mate, browse through our Yerba Mate Side Effects page, and plan to have a chat with your natural health physician about yerba mate tea benefits, and other best teas for you and your household. 

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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.  

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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. 2011 Oct;55(10):1509-1522. 

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