It is also a nutritious source of energy, mental alertness and good health — and it has even been shown to fight cancer and other inflammatory diseases.
Yerba mate actually has higher polyphenol and antioxidant counts than both green and black teas as well. It has 196 active compounds, including vitamins, minerals and antioxidants (green tea has 144).
Once brewed, the tea has a greenish color and an earthy, herbal aroma. The flavor of brewed mate is mild, sometimes described as an infusion of herbs and grass reminiscent of some varieties of green tea. No wonder then that it’s often called “the tea of the gods.”
Benefits of yerba mate
- Helps to kill colon cancer cells;
- Assists to stimulate immune system;
- Aids to increase daily nutrient intake;
- Helps to reduce cholesterol levels;
- Enhances healthy weight loss.
Uses of yerba mate
It is recommende to use organic yerba mate. You can typically find it as a loose-leaf tea, in ready-to-brew tea bags or as a bottled cold beverage.
The genuine yerba mate is aged for one year in cedar chambers for a smooth, rich and balanced flavor.
- Bring the water or milk to a simmer rather than a boil. Using boiling water results in a more bitter tea.
- If you use a loose tea, then use about one teaspoon per cup (less if you want it weaker, more if you want it stronger).
- Let the tea steep for 3 – 5 minutes.
- You can then have it hot or iced, adding lemon, mint or your favorite natural sweetener. Yerba mate can also be made using a french press, coffee maker or tea pot.
Remember not to consume it too close to bedtime, because it can cause insomnia, nervousness and restlessness, upset stomach, nausea and vomiting, increased heart rate and breathing difficulties, ringing in the ears, high blood pressure, headache. It is also not recommended to use during pregnancy and breast feeding, and it is unsafe for children and for consuming with alcohol.
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