As noted by The Pasteur Institute and the Paris Scientific Society, "It is difficult to find a plant in any area of the world equal to Mate in nutritional value." It is a sought after source of difficult to find nutrients like vitamins B-1, B-2, A, riboflavin, carotene, colin, pantothenic acid, inositol and 15 types of amino acids (F. Alikaridis 1987). It also contains significant quantities of the all important iron, potassium, and magnesium minerals, something Green Tea lacks.
Yerba mate produces some amazing benefits.
Traditional yerba mate preparation uses a special gourd and straw; they combine to create a "reverse french press" in which a large amount of nutrients can be extracted. This method allows for approximately 50 grams of nutritional bliss to be extracted, compared with just 3 grams with traditional tea bag consumption. It is easy, enjoyable, and beneficial to drink yerba mate in this special, time tested way.
Here is a great video highlighting the culture of yerba mate drinking in Uruguay.
We are proud to offer more links to yerba mate research than any other yerba mate source on the internet. Under each yerba mate benefits section, you will find a list of links to the supporting research. If you would like to learn more about the chemical make-up of yerba mate and its cultivation, you can explore the following links.
"While grown and consumed for centuries in South America, its popularity is increasing in the United States because of demand by consumers for healthier, more natural foods, its filling a niche for a different type of tea beverage, and for Yerba Mate's potential health benefits — antimicrobial, antioxidant, antiobesity, anti-diabetic, digestive improvement, stimulant, and cardiovascular properties. ... This review focuses on the known chemical composition of Yerba Mate, the effect of cultivation, production and processing may have on composition, along with a specific discussion of those compounds found in Yerba Mate that have antimicrobial properties." - Yerba Mate Overview: Burris KP, et al. Composition and Bioactive Properties of Yerba Mate (llex paraguariensis A. St.-Hil.): A Review. Chilean Journal of Agriculture (2012)
"Yerba Mate protects DNA from oxidation and in vitro low-density lipoprotein lipoperoxidation and has a high antioxidant capacity." - Yerba Mate Overview: Heck CI, et al. Yerba Mate Tea (Ilex paraguariensis): a comprehensive review on chemistry, health implications, and technological considerations. Journal of Food Science (2007)
"Yerba mate (Ilex paraguariensis A.St.-Hil.) tea is growing in popularity around the world and contains several classes of constituents mainly caffeoyl derivatives, xanthines, flavonoids and triterpenoid saponins that have been associated with cancer prevention." - Yerba Mate Nutrition Facts: Sirima Puangpraphant. Anit-Inflammatory and Anti-Colon Cancer Potential of Yerba Mate (Ilex Paraguariensis St. Hilaire) Bioactive Constituents. Journal of Food Science (2011)