Yerba mate benefits include helping with diet or weight management. When used in the traditional way, yerba mate tea helps eliminate feelings of hunger by working as a natural appetite suppressant. Research shows that the body is truly revitalized when it drinks yerba mate. It contains important nutrients for any diet, even those not trying to lose weight. It could become the most important tool for your weight management.
Yerba mate is traditionally used as a supportive treatment in weight loss programs that include diet and exercise. In Europe yerba mate is used for weight loss "as the ideal slimming remedy which facilitates losing weight in a natural way and stills the distressing feelings of hunger" according to Max Witchl in Herbal Drugs and Phytopharmaceuticals.
Researchers at the University of Surrey in Guildford, England found a reduction in appetite and thirst when using yerba mate.
Dulloo, A., et al. noted in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition that a drink like yerba mate can increase the "24-h energy expenditure and fat oxidation in humans." (1999). Thus, more calories are burned when drinking yerba mate tea.
WebMD's Dr. Gary Vogin notes that some diets, like a Juice Diet, fails to include enough essential nutrients. He states, "Juice diets prevent your body from going into ketosis, but they're not a long-term weight-loss solution because they deny the body other essential nutrients." Yerba Mate in conjunction with juice would provide more nutrients than juice alone. Consider adding yerba mate to your diet approach in an effort to make it a more reliabe "long-term weight-loss solution."
Regions of the world have survived drought by using yerba mate with the gourd and bombilla. The popular Chilean herbalists J. Zin and R. Weiss supported what Peace Corps workers had reported: They found cases in which large groups of natives remained in good health, with only one small meal per day, through extended periods of famine and drought. They survived by drinking copious amounts of yerba mate tea. Additionally, they uncovered Gauchos whose diet was all meat with only yerba mate as the vegetable. The yerba mate provided enough nutrients to act as a vegetable. Indeed, the Gauchos referred to it as "drinking a salad."
Dr. Torben Andersen conducted a study in which overweight patients lost 11 lbs. in 45 days while using Yerba Mate in conjuction with other weight loss herbs. (Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics Volume 14 Issue 3 Page 243 - June 2001) He found that it contributed to "weight loss and delayed gastric emptying following a South American herbal preparation in overweight patients."
Obesity and overweight may soon affect more than half of the population in some regions of the world and are associated with diabetes, hypertension and other diseases that cause morbidity, mortality and high health-care expenditure. No one approach, whether dietetic management, medication, or commercial weight loss programme, can alone solve the problem - all potential treatments need to be investigated and exploited. Among the herbal preparations known to non-western cultures are materials which may have applications in modulating physiological processes which influence gut motility, food intake and energy balance. One such mixed herbal preparation is 'YGD' containing Yerbe Maté(leaves of Ilex paraguayensis), Guarana (seeds of Paullinia cupana), and Damiana (leaves of Turnera diffusa var. aphrodisiaca). This study had two distinct aims: to determine the effect of a herbal preparation 'YGD' containing Yerbe Maté, Guarana, and Damiana on gastric emptying, to determine the effect of the same preparation on weight loss over 10 days and 45 days and weight maintenance over 12 months. Methods Gastric emptying was observed using ultrasound scanning in seven healthy volunteers following YGD and placebo capsules taken with 420 mL apple juice. Body weight was observed before and after 10 days of treatment with three YGD capsules or three placebo capsules before each meal for 10 days in 44 healthy overweight patients attending a primary health care centre. Forty-seven healthy overweight patients entered a double-blind placebo-controlled parallel trial of three capsules of YGD capsules before each main meal for 45 days compared with three placebo capsules on body weight. Body weight was monitored in 22 patients who continued active (YGD capsules) treatment for 12 months. Results The herb preparation YGD was followed by a prolonged gastric emptying time of 58 ± 15 min compared to 38 ± 7.6 min after placebo (P=0.025). Body weight reductions were 0.8 ± 0.05 kg after YGD capsules compared to 0.3 ± 0.03 kg after placebo capsules over 10 days, and 5.1 ± 0.5 kg after PGD capsules compared to 0.3 ± 0.08 kg after placebo over 45 days. Active treatment with YGD capsules resulted in weight maintenance of the group (73 kg at the beginning and 72.5 kg at the end of 12 months). Conclusions: The herbal preparation, YGD capsules, significantly delayed gastric emptying, reduced the time to perceived gastric fullness and induced significant weight loss over 45 days in overweight patients treated in a primary health care context. Maintenance treatment given in an uncontrolled context resulted in no further weight loss, nor weight regain in the group as a whole. The herbal preparation is thus shown to be one that significantly modulates gastric emptying. Further clinical studies with dietetic monitoring of energy intake, dietary quality, satiety ratings, body weight and body composition are now indicated, and examination of the active principles contained in the three herbal components may prove rewarding.
Although research identifies that our product contains many of the essential nutrients to sustain life, we suggest that you only use our products to ensure a well-balanced meal along with a regular healthy diet. Use yerba mate tea as a tool for regulating your calorie intake, controling your hunger, and increasing your body's potential to maintain a well-balanced diet.