One of the yerba mate benefits that allergy sufferers like is its ability to increase the intake of oxygen. When consumed in the traditional method, yerba mate tea aids with allergies and asthma.
“The Mediterranean diet is rich in sources of polyphenols, so it’s intriguing that Mediterranean-diet countries have lower rates of allergies, asthma and other inflammatory diseases than Western-diet countries like the United States, Canada and England.(Huffnagle, G 2004). No surprise, yerba mate tea is loaded with Polyphenols (Kawakami, A. Kabayashi 1991).
Yerba Mate stimulates the adrenal glands to produce corticosteroids. In turn, they suppress overactive immune system responses to allergens, suppress inflammation, and create more oxygen flow by opening the respiratory passages.
“Herbs and plant products [including yerba mate] are extremely helpful for asthma. Michael Heinrich, at the Center for Pharmacognosy and Phytotherapy, School of Pharmacy, in London, discovered that a key target for asthma (as well as arthritis) is the nuclear factor kappa B (NF-kappaB) transduction pathway, which activates many inflammatory cytokines. Some well-known plant chemicals that target NF-kappaB include several phenolics such as curcumin (in curcumin), and flavonoids, such as silybin (in milk thistle)” (Bremner and Heinrich 2002).
Laboratory tests confirm that “flavonoid rich beverages [yerba mate] 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).