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by Nadia Kumentas October 15, 2014

We REALLY love yerba maté and we think you will too!

 

Did you know that yerba maté isn’t technically a tea at all because it comes from the  Ilex paraguariensis plant which belongs to the holly family. Yerba maté contains many vitamins and minerals, amino acids, anti-oxidants, stimulants and can even suppress your appetite. Maté is grown naturally in the rain forest of many parts of South America and is mainly farmed and cultivated in Paraguay.  It is a very popular beverage in these southern countries and is traditionally consumed from a dried gourd by using a “Bombilla” which is a straw made from metal.

 

Maté can come in two main varieties, natural or roasted. "Natural" simply means the leaves have been dried with very little processing while roasted means the leaves have been cooked or roasted in a wood burning fire. I tend to stick to the natural variety because I feel as though it allows for the most healthful infusion of the leaves.

Some great benefits from drinking yerba maté are that it:

  • Naturally contains 24 vitamins and minerals
  • Naturally contains 15 amino acids
  • Is rich in antioxidants and contains higher levels than brewed green tea
  • Boosts immunity
  • Acts as a natural age fighter
  • Combats fatigue
  • Controls appetite
  • Stimulates like coffee but does not result in the jitters or a sudden crash of energy

The plant however has been analyzed for its antioxidant content and does indeed contain higher levels than most brewed green teas. A very old study done in 1964 by the Pasteur Institute and Paris Scientific Society concluded that " it is difficult to find a plant in any area of the world equal to mate in nutritional value." They also mentioned that maté contains " practically all of the vitamins necessary to sustain life."

 

Yerba maté is one of the key base ingredients in our Daytime Teatox for many of the above reasons!

 

 

 

Questions? Comments? Collaboration ideas?  Let's chat!

Nadia Kumentas
Nadia Kumentas

Nadia Kumentas is a naturopathic doctor, tea drinker, yoga doer, animal lover, and plant enthusiast.



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