Yerba mate is a very traditional drink from the southern countries of South America, such as Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay, and Brazil. Although people drink it as an alternative to coffee because it also has that energizing property, but what many people don’t know is that is also rich in antioxidants! which, as we know, leads to several other benefits, like boosting your immune system!
Here we list some of the benefits of this drink that may help you achieve a healthier life:
Yerba Mate contains Xanthines, which are stimulants. For example, caffeine is a xanthine, and Mate contains caffeine (which people sometimes call “mateine”), theophylline, which is in inhalers and helps you breathe better, and Obromine, which is found in chocolate and gives you a happy and euphoric feeling.
Reduces the risks of heart diseases and cancer
Polyphenols are a type of antioxidant, and Yerba Mate has 11 different kinds of them. Now, a quick lesson. An antioxidant is a molecule capable of inhibiting the oxidation of other molecules. This is good because oxidation can produce what are known as free radicals, and they can start chain reactions in cells that either kill or damage them, manifesting many times in forms of skin damage, heart diseases, or even cancer.
Helps fight bad cholesterol
Lipoproteins are a combination of cholesterol and a protein that circulate through the body and carry cholesterol from the liver and small intestine to other tissues and cells in the body that need it. You have LDLs and HDLs (high-density), but LDLs is bad cholesterol, and when oxidized they can produce inflammation in your arteries that supply blood to your organs and other tissues, which can lead to a heart attack or stroke. So, all of the antioxidants that Yerba Mate is packed with help inhibit LDL production.
An excellent source of vitamins
Yerba Mate contains vitamins A, C, E, B1, B2, Niacin (B3), B5, B Complex, Fatty Acids, Chlorophyll, Flavonols Calcium, Manganese, Iron, Selenium, Zinc, Potassium, Magnesium, Phosphorus, and Carotene. We all know that many vitamins and minerals are good for you.
It can cure a hangover
After a party, there is nothing better than drinking Yerba Mate to cure a hangover, you will feel like a new person, especially if is that dreaded hangover, thanks to its energizing effect besides helping with a liver cleaning, will make you feel lighter and free of all that malaise hangover causes you.
An ally in weight loss
Researchers from the Juan Agustín Maza University concluded that the daily consumption of 2 litres of Mate, combined with an eating plan, helps overweight people lose weight faster, besides helping with digestion!
Now that you know everything about this millenary and healthy beverage, why don’t you give it a try and incorporate it into your daily basis? Either you are on the north or the south island, from Cabo Reinga to Wellington and from Puponga to Invercagil, order your yerba mate (don’t forget to get your mate gourd and straw) and start a healthier diet with this drink that tastes like tea and hits you like coffee!
Take a look at the many options of Mate we have HERE
Thanks for Reading!
Latino Foods Team