Yerba Mate Health Benefits

Yerba Maté Health Benefits

OVERVIEW

Yerba maté is a nutritious, antioxidant-rich energy herb. Yerba mate contains a moderate amount of caffeine, but it is often brewed strong, making the typical cup of mate as energizing as coffee.

YERBA MATÉ STIMULATION

Yerba maté provides 25 mg of caffeine per 2g tea bag in 8 oz of water. For comparison, the average cup of coffee has 135 mg of caffeine. The average cup of black tea contains 50 mg. Green tea has 30 mg.

Not all ‘caffeines’ are the same, however. What we refer to as ‘caffeine’ is really a group of substances known to chemists as Xanthine Alkaloids. The “caffeines” found in coffee, green tea, and chocolate effect each individual’s body and mind in unique ways.

Yerba mate contains a mixture of these three xanthine alkaloids. It also provides minerals to support nervous system function and B-vitamins to relax muscles. For these reasons, it produces a balanced, long-lasting physical and mental stimulation.

YERBA MATE AND WEIGHT LOSS

Yerba mate receives a lot of press as a diet and weight-loss tea. While nothing can replace a healthy diet, regular exercise, and a great attitude, yerba mate can certainly give you a boost:

  • Yerba Mate raises metabolism.
  • Yerba Mate regulates appetite, encouraging a healthy diet.
  • Yerba Mate aids digestion.
  • Yerba Mate is thermogenic. “Thermogenic” means that it actually induces the body to burn calories.
  • Yerba Mate provides antioxidants, minerals, amino acids, and B vitamins to support a healthy lifestyle.

YERBA MATE NUTRITION

Yerba Mate is often touted as “the nutritious stimulant.” Below is a chart that shows the nutritional value of a mug of yerba mate tea.

 

Serving Size 6 g of loose yerba mate in 8 oz. of water
Calories 10
Niacin 6 mg 30%
Potassium 60 mg 2%
Magnesium 32 mg 8%
Zinc 0.3 mg 2%
Caffeine 60 mg
Theobromine 6.6 mg

YERBA MATE ANTIOXIDANTS

When brewed as directed, this tea provides an ORAC value of 10,000 µmolTE/240ml, which is five times stronger than a typical cup of green tea.

YERBA MATE AND PAH

A lot of yerba mate is dried with smoke. In general, smoked foods often contain high levels of carcinogenic substances known as PAH’s (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons). To be on the safe side, you may want to drink an unsmoked yerba mate such as we provide. For a more in-depth discussion of this topic, go here.

YERBA MATE pH

A cup of mate cocido brewed at medium strength yields a pH of around 5.5. Be aware that variations in brewing method and water quality will inevitably cause variation. For best results, use filtered pH-neutral water and don’t steep longer than five minutes.

YERBA MATE AND FLUORIDE

If you are concerned about the high fluoride content in green tea, yerba mate might be a good alternative. Yerba mate has a lot less fluoride than green tea. An 8 oz cup of ECOTEAS yerba mate with one 2 g tea bag yields 0.021 mg of fluoride, which is only one-fifth the fluoride content of the average cup of green tea brewed at similar strength.

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