Yerba Mate – the most important health properties of the infusion

Paraguayan holly is the plant from which Yerba Mate is obtained. The antioxidant and antimutagenic properties of dried leaves are important in the prevention of many diseases and also support the reduction of body fat. What features should you pay attention to when choosing dried herb? How does Yerba Mate work? We present the most important advantages of drinking Yerba Mate, which help you achieve fantastic results in a reducing diet.

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Properties of Yerba Mate supporting a slimming diet

Yerba Mate has a supportive effect during the difficult weight loss process, so it should be of interest to people who want to lose a few unnecessary kilograms. For this purpose, you usually go on a reducing diet and try to limit your daily caloric intake. Reducing portion sizes and lowering the glycemic index of meals is aimed at reducing body weight, i.e. slimming. The main goal here is to reduce body fat. This diet is based on a negative calorie balance, i.e. it provides fewer kilocalories than the daily requirement. When following a diet, a so-called energy deficit is generated, which is often accompanied by a feeling of hunger, which is why not everyone is able to stick to their decision. Yerba Mate has properties that inhibit hunger, and regular consumption of Yerba Mate leaves in the form of an infusion supports metabolism and fat metabolism, which are responsible for, among others, polyphenols contained in dried leaves.

Polyphenols are a group of organic compounds that occur, among others, in fruits and vegetables, as well as in cereal and legume seeds, nuts, Yerba Mate, coffee, tea and cocoa. These valuable plant compounds bring enormous health benefits. Polyphenols are divided into three groups: flavonoids, phenolic acids and phenolic compounds. Plant polyphenols have strong antioxidant properties, which means they have a positive effect on health, beauty and youthful appearance.

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Yerba Mate – benefits of high concentration of active substances

The effect of Yerba Mate herb is directly related to the high concentration of active substances. Full-value, pure dried leaf has approx. 10%. polyphenols, mainly in the form of chlorogenic acid and isomers. The extract from crushed leaves contains the highest concentration of polyphenols, unlike the raw material, which consists of a mixture of leaves and twigs. Yerbador offers dried herbs that consist of 100%. made of organic leaves (without stems) dried with hot air and then aged for several years. If you want to support your weight loss process most effectively, choose this type of dried herb for brewing. Yerba Mate of the highest quality is not only a great combination of taste and health, but also the most benefits when losing weight.

What are the desired effects of drinking Yerba Mate on a reducing diet?

  • Yerba Mate infusion may have a beneficial effect on the reduction of body fat.
  • Consuming Yerba Mate warm accelerates metabolism.
  • Alkaloids and polyphenols contained in the herb have antioxidant properties.
  • Preparing a Yerba Mate drink helps with chronic fatigue, stimulates the body and reduces the feeling of hunger.
  • The advantage of drinking Yerba Mate is an increase in the level of vitality and alleviating the effects of diet-induced stress.
  • Brewing Yerba Mate has a relaxing effect on the nervous system.

Yerba – nutritional properties and low calorie content

The properties of Yerba Mate make it worth including it in your daily diet. The infusion is rich in vitamins and mineral salts, which should not be missing in the body during reduction. Dietitians consider the greatest advantages of Yerba Mate to be the richness of nutrients, such as B vitamins (B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B7, B9) and vitamin C and E. In addition, Yerba Mate contains elements valuable for health: magnesium, zinc, phosphorus, iron, potassium, calcium and silicon . The content of vitamins and minerals makes Yerba Mate a natural dietary supplement.

Every calorie counts on a slimming diet. First of all, you should eliminate the so-called empty calories with no benefits resulting from the content of ingredients valuable to the body. What does Yerba Mate give? Vitamins and minerals and a high concentration of alkaloids and polyphenols promoting weight loss. The caloric value of the infusion differs from the type of herb selected. The number of kcal in a typically consumed portion of dried herbs (about 50 grams) ranges from 25 to 50 kcal. This is not much compared to the health benefits of drinking Yerba Mate.

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Yerba Mate – what does it help?

Yerba Mate infusion has benefits appreciated not only when reducing body weight, and the health properties of the drink do not focus only on the fight against fat tissue. Many lovers of infusion of holly leaves emphasize that drinking Yerba Mate increases the ability to concentrate while studying or doing strenuous mental work. Therefore, it is worth drinking Yerba Mate at work and while preparing for an exam. The ability to focus your thoughts and concentrate on tasks is a benefit appreciated by everyone in everyday life in the midst of information noise, noise and electromagnetic smog.

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Paraguayan holly – health properties

The health properties of Yerba Mate stimulate the nervous system, excite, but do not cause irritation. Drinking Yerba Mate regularly reduces high blood pressure on the one hand, and improves blood circulation on the other. It is also known that Yerba Mate infusion has a relaxing effect on the muscles, giving a pleasant feeling of relaxation. People struggling with asthma should brew Yerba Mate because it contains mateines (alkaloids that have stimulating properties like caffeine or theine) that alleviate the symptoms of this disease.

What health properties does Yerba Mate have? 

Infusion of holly leaves:

  • has a positive effect on the nervous system,
  • increases the ability to concentrate,
  • lowers too high blood pressure,
  • improves the functioning of the circulatory system,
  • has a relaxing effect on muscles,
  • eliminates the feeling of fatigue and hunger.

An infusion of dried Yerba Mate cleanses the body

The cleansing properties of holly are used to detoxify the body. Toxins adversely affect health and can cause many ailments. Many people who are aware of the beneficial effects of detox decide to start drinking Yerba Mate because the infusion stimulates the natural processes that take place in our urinary system. Brewing this infusion is encouraged not only by faster fat burning, but also by the fact that Yerba Mate contains diuretic saponins.

Saponins are chemical compounds belonging to glycosides. They are found in both holly and other plants with health-promoting properties. Thanks to saponins, Yerba Mate infusion has an expectorant effect in the case of respiratory ailments and a diuretic in the case of water retention in the body. Additionally, saponins support the secretion of mucus and stimulate the absorption of nutrients.

Is Yerba Mate healthy?

Scientists have conducted numerous studies that confirm that brewing Yerba Mate and drinking the infusion regularly has a positive effect on many internal organs. Paraguayan holly has anti-inflammatory properties, so it relieves inflammation and even contributes to cancer prevention.

Additionally, it is worth paying attention to the antioxidant, i.e. anti-aging, properties of the infusion. The leaves and sticks of holly were tested, showing that they influence the elimination of free radicals. The effects of Yerba Mate have been studied over the last 30 years, including: in terms of the effect on blood pressure and gastric juice secretion. It is worth emphasizing, however, that dried leaves, without sticks, have the most beneficial effects on health. Dried leaves have a higher concentration of polyphenols, including chlorogenic acid, which may slow down the release of glucose into the blood after a meal. It also increases the sensitivity of cells to insulin, so it is recommended for people with insulin resistance. Research highlights the potential antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties of this substance. Due to the above-mentioned features, it is sold in some countries as a dietary supplement.

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IARC research – carcinogenic properties of PAHs

Many years ago, there were also reports driven by coffee producing companies about the alleged carcinogenic properties of Yerba Mate, which was definitely refuted. The research was conducted by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), which was founded by the WHO (World Health Organization). The research focused on factors influencing the development of esophageal cancer. It was found that the pathogenic effect of Yerba Mate may be influenced by two elements: polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and the high temperature of the consumed drink.

PAHs are harmful substances that result from the combustion of organic substances. Their presence is related to the use of fire and smoke for thermal processing of dried herbs. Only certain species of Yerba Mate are produced this way. At the Yerbador.pl store, we offer leaves dried only with hot air, without generating harmful combustion products in the process.

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Anti-inflammatory properties of Yerba Mate infusion

The healing properties of regular consumption of Yerba Mate include, for example, alleviating inflammation through the content of organic compounds called saponins. The anti-inflammatory properties that some of the plant’s infusions have are valuable as cancer prevention. The disease usually begins with inflammation, which does not produce obvious symptoms and can be detected after a series of laboratory tests. Choosing dried species that do not contain PAHs is completely safe for health and may contribute to its improvement. It is worth paying attention to the temperature of the infusion consumed. The water you pour over the herbs should not be hotter than 70-80 degrees Celsius. The infusion at the recommended temperature does not irritate the esophagus and does not pose a health risk.

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The method of brewing Yerba Mate affects its health properties

The unique properties of Yerba Mate result from perfectly dried leaves, and the high concentration of active ingredients comes from long-term aging. There are many health properties that should not be overshadowed by negative properties resulting from drying the leaves with fire and flavoring with smoke or too high temperatures of the infusion consumed. The method of brewing ground Mate leaves, which allows you to extract all the valuable ingredients, can be found on our blog .

When including Yerba in your daily diet, remember that thanks to caffeine, it stimulates blood to circulate faster in the blood vessels. This may have negative and positive properties – depending on your health condition. Lowering cholesterol levels helps to improve health, but in the case of too high blood pressure, which is often accompanied by excess weight, energy drinks of this type should be consumed in moderation.

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