Cell and animal studies also report that mate extract may provide some protection against heart disease (28, 29).
People with abnormal cholesterol levels were put into 3 treatment groups, yerba mate, dietary intervention, or both. Surprisingly, only the group consuming yerba mate (330 mL of tea with 20 mg/mL mate) experienced a decrease in LDL cholesterol. Total, HDL, and non-HDL cholesterol and triglyceride levels did not change across all groups (74 participants) .
Supplementation with yerba mate (3 g/day for 12 weeks) reduced body fat mass, body fat percentage, and waist-hip ratios of 30 obese participants, with no adverse side effects .
Bottom Line: Yerba mate increases the reliance on fat for fuel during exercise. It may also improve muscle contractions and reduce fatigue, all of which may contribute to better physical performance.
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At one point or another, you’ve probably heard about the magical elixir that is green tea. Filled with endless anti-oxidants, vitamins, and general goodness, it has become a staple part of many gym-goers and health-conscious people’s diets.
Yerba mate (or mate) is a non-alcoholic drink made from the leaves of the tree Ilex paraguariensis . It has been widely consumed in South America for centuries as a social and medicinal beverage. Yerba mate can be consumed as a tea or as an ingredient in foods or supplements .
Argentinian yerba mate is one of the next big trends on the horizon, and it’s about to become your next superfood obsession. Yerba mate has been enjoyed in Argentina for many centuries for good reason – it’s an energizing, rich source of powerful antioxidants (more than even green tea) and packed with B vitamins, vitamin C, zinc, potassium and manganese. Keep reading for more reasons to say yes to yerba mate.