Nutrition and Health Benefits of Yerba Maté
Long ago, in South America, there was unlocked a secret for maintaining good health. It was found in the healing qualities of one of their native plants. It was the Yerba Maté tree. The Maté beverage made from this tree was discovered to benefit health, vitality and longevity. It has been used for centuries to boost immunity, cleanse and detoxify the blood, tone the nervous system, restore youthful hair color, retard aging, combat fatigue, stimulate the mind, control the appetite, reduce the effects of debilitating disease, reduce stress, and eliminate insomnia, promoting overall good health.
In current practice in Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay, the yerba maté beverage is made from the leaves steeped in hot water. Properly brewed, Yerba Maté makes an excellent beverage that aside from all its nutritional properties, tastes good!
But Maté is much more than a very nourishing and refreshing beverage. It is a drink that has a long traditional use in South America. It is the focal point of a culture famous for their hospitality and brotherhood. Maté remains the center of their social lives. The gentle stimulant effect invigorates their warm interaction and conversation.
WHAT MAKES MATÉ SO GOOD
Yerba Maté is an excellent source of vitamins and minerals, including carotene, vitamins A, C, E, B1, B2, B-complex, riboflavin, nicotinic acid, pantothenic acid, biotin, vitamin C complex, magnesium, calcium, iron, sodium, potassium, manganese, silicon, phosphates, sulfur, hydrochloric acid, chlorophyll, choline, and inositol.
In 1964 The Pasteur Institute did a study on the properties of Yerba Maté. Their conclusion was:
“it is difficult to find a plant in any area of the world equal to Maté in nutritional value. It has most all of the vitamins necessary to sustain life.”
The Pasteur Institute study indicated Yerba Maté to be a more potent antioxidant than ascorbic acid (vitamin C). Antioxidants are the body’s main defense against free radicals! Free radicals are chemical compounds produced in the body as a result of toxic exposure to pollution, radiation, heavy metals, and pesticides. Free radicals increase the probability that affected cells will become susceptible to a wide range of infections and degenerative diseases including cancer, diabetes, heart attacks, premature aging, and strokes. Antioxidants are nutrients that seek out free radicals and neutralize their damaging cellular effects.
The pleasantly stimulating effect of Yerba Maté comes primarily from a compound called mateine. While mateine is related to caffeine, and sometimes referred to as such, the way the body absorbs it differs significantly from caffeine. Yerba Maté affects your system by gradually bringing up your energy level more slowly and evenly. It has a more long lasting effect and most people find this much more enjoyable than coffee.
A GOOD NIGHT’S REST…
Maté seems to act like a tonic, invigorating a weakened and depressed nervous system and relaxing an overexcited one. We have found that Maté gives more energy and vitality; better ability to concentrate; less nervousness, and eliminates fatigue, stimulating mental and physical activity. Yet for the most part, Maté does not interfere with sleep cycles, but helps to balance them.
GOOD FOR YOUR STOMACH…
Perhaps the main area to benefit from Maté is the gastrointestinal tract. We have seen that it helps the digestion, and even seems to have the ability to repair damaged and diseased gastrointestinal tissues. Constipation, acute or chronic, can be relieved by drinking lots of Maté.
A GOOD HEART…
Heart ailments of all kinds seem to be helped by drinking Yerba Maté. Maté supplies many of the nutrients required by the heart for growth and repair. In addition, it increases the supply of oxygen to the heart, especially during periods of stress or exercise.
STRENGTHENING THE IMMUNE SYSTEM…Yerba maté increases the immune response of the body, stimulating natural resistance to disease.
THE FINEST QUALITY MATÉ…
We take the time to go to the yerba maté plantations in Brazil where we purchase our “Maté Factor” brand yerba maté and view the manner in which the harvest is processed. So you can be assured that you are drinking the finest quality certified organic yerba maté available. Also, since we acquire our Maté at the source we are able to offer it to you at a very good price.
YERBA MATÉ: A KEY PART TO WHOLE BODY NUTRITION...
As part of a regular daily regime of exercise, lots of water, wholesome foods, and keeping a good conscience, a man can expect to live a long life enjoying his yerba maté each day. It is a wonderful beverage to drink hot or cold several times a day. Drink it plain or with lemon and honey… some people like it with milk. There’s almost no end to the different ways you can prepare this amazing tea. So be creative, and feel free to let us know what you think.
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