Yerba Mate benefits those struggling with diabetes. When consumed in the traditional method, yerba mate tea appears to reduce the risk of diabetes and hypoglycemia.
Yerba Mate helped prevent “the development of hyperglycemia in streptozotocin diabetes and reduced the hyperphagia, polydipsia, body weight loss, and glycated haemoglobin.” (NCBI, 27. Swanston-Flatt SK, 1989) “Glycaemic effects of traditional European plant treatments for diabetes. Studies in normal and streptozotocin diabetic mice.” Diabetes Res 10(2), 69-73.)
Lean, M.E., et al. Dietary flavonols protect diabetic human lymphocytes against oxidative damage to DNA. Diabetes. 1999; 48:176-181
“New and ‘causal’ antioxidant therapy is warranted. Anti-nitration drugs (to be designed) might be additional therapeutic goals to slow the course of diabetes macrovascular complications. While waiting for these focused tools, flavonoid rich beverages could represent an alternative coadjuvant in treatment. In this regard, our studies suggest that Ilex paraguariensis extracts [Yerba Mate via the Traditional Method] are more effective than either green tea or red wines.” (Bixby, Spieler, Menini, Gugliuccit, Life Sciences, 2005, #77 pgs 345-358)
"Furthermore, in vivo effects of Yerba Mate on lipid metabolism included reductions in serum cholesterol, serum triglycerides, and glucose concentrations in mice that were fed a high fat diet. In conclusion, Yerba Mate can potentially be used to treat obesity and diabetes...our results are in accordance with previous studies that have shown that Ilex paraguariensis treatment improves glucose tolerance". - Yerba Mate Potentially Treat Diabetes:Young-Rye Kang, et al. Anti-obesity and anti-diabetic effects of Yerba Mate (Ilex paraguariensis) in C57BL/6J mice fed a high-fat diet. Laboratory Animal Research (2012)
"The results showed that Ilex paraguariensis extract can inhibit the progression of atherosclerosis". - Yerba Mate Improves Glucose Tolerance: Mosimann AL, et al. Aqueous extract of Ilex paraguariensis attenuates the progression of atherosclerosis in cholesterol-fed rabbits. BioFactors (2006)
"The present study reports that the I. paraguariensis [yerba mate] extract can have a protective effect against a HFD-induced obesity in rats through an enhanced expression of uncoupling proteins and elevated AMPK phosphorylation in the visceral adipose tissue." - Yerba Mate Improves Glucose Tolerance: Pang J, Choi Y, Park T. Ilex paraguariensis extract ameliorates obesity induced by high-fat diet: potential role of AMPK in the visceral adipose tissue. Arch Biochem Biophys (2008)