More about Yerba Mate Tea Side Effects

Staying informed about potential yerba mate tea side effects is a good idea if you're planning to add this satisfying herbal tea to your day.

Thanks not only to traditional wisdom and anecdotal evidence, but also to growing confirmation from scientific studies, we know that yerba mate provides so many health benefits

These health benefits are a wonderful reason to try this herbal tea, but, before you do, browse through our Yerba Mate Tea Side Effects pages to ensure this nutritious beverage is a safe and healthy choice for you and your family (if you'd rather read from the beginning, start here).

What about Yerba Mate for Moms and Tots?

Herbal teas (like yerba mate) are wonderfully beneficial beverages that provide safe, healthful alternatives to many drinks available to families today, like sugary soft drinks, highly caffeinated energy drinks, and sweetened fruit juices.

If you're thinking of introducing nourishing, hydrating herbal teas into your child's diet, you may consider diluting stronger teas to make the taste more palatable for kids - for example, combine yerba mate with fruit juice, warm milk of choice, or another herbal tea or two.

And, why not add a favorite fresh fruit or fruited ice cubes to a jug of iced tea for a fun, pretty, flavorful touch? (You'll find a tasty yerba mate iced tea recipe here.)

Yerba Mate Tea Side Effects

Remember, mate does contain caffeine, so be sure to keep an eye on how much yerba mate your child consumes. You can read more about recommended maximum amounts of caffeine for children and adolescents on our Caffeine Facts page

And, ask your healthcare professional about how much caffeine is safe for your family, and about good herbal tea choices for your child, too. 

If you're expecting a baby, planning and preparing to fall pregnant, or breastfeeding your little one, please have a chat with your trusted healthcare provider about safe amounts of yerba mate for you. 

Choose Good Quality Yerba Mate

As with any tea, make sure to purchase your yerba mate from a reputable seller, so you can be confident that your tea consists entirely of pure yerba mate (without any other plants, including other Ilex species, added - intentionally or unintentionally). 

Poor quality yerba mate, which may include other plants, will have a less pleasing taste and won't provide the same multitude of health benefits that good quality yerba mate will!

Yerba Mate Tea Side Effects

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Herbal teas are so beloved around the world. All around our planet, we have enjoyed and appreciated these healthy beverages for centuries!

We are so fortunate to have at our fingertips natural, effective, affordable alternatives for helping us encourage and maintain good health and wellness.

Part of taking our health into our own hands is ensuring that we are knowledgeable about the food and beverage choices we make. That means choosing the most healthful, delicious, and beneficial teas, and also ensuring the teas we choose are healthy and safe choices for us.

Whenever you add a new tea - like yerba mate! - to your tea cupboard, get to know that tea a bit better by doing some reading on its benefits and cautions, and ask your natural healthcare practitioner, too, about any potential risks or side effects of that tea.

Herbal tea for your kids

A popular choice with parents looking for a healthful, delicious herbal tea for babies and children is Rooibos. Chock-full of health benefits, naturally fruity and sweet, and so tasty hot or iced, Rooibos is a healthy alternative to soft drinks and sweetened fruit juices for the little people in your life. Learn more about Rooibos tea for babies and children here. And, if you're interested in what other visitors to our site are saying about Rooibos tea for babies, browse through their comments here.

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.

Bastos DHM, Oliveira DM, Matsumoto RLT, Carvalho P, Ribero ML. Yerba maté: Pharmacological Properties, Research and Biotechnology. Medicinal and Aromatic Plant Science and Biotechnology. 2007; 1(1), 37-46. http://www.globalsciencebooks.

Bixby M, Spieler L, Menini T, Gugliucci A. Ilex paraguariensis extracts are potent inhibitors of nitrosative stress: a comparative study with green tea and wines using a protein nitration model and mammalian cell cytotoxicity. Life Sci. 2005 Jun 3;77(3):345-58. Epub 2005 Feb 9.

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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