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Antioxidants in Yerba Mate and Matcha Tea

antioxidants in yerba mate and matcha green tea
I think you will agree that the majority of nutritional information is confusing and well-hidden. This makes things extra difficult for those of us that care about what we put into our bodies. Why should 'being healthy' be so hard and being 'unhealthy' so easy? We believe there is a better way. In this guide we will scrutinize the antioxidants content of yerba mate and compare it to some of the other popular beverages we drink daily, but first... What exactly are antioxidants? Antioxidants are naturally occuring molecules in plant-based foods such as fruits, vegetables, tea, wine, and chocolate. While there are thousands of antioxidant compounds out there, youΓÇÖve probably heard of the more popular ones, such as flavanols (found in chocolate), resveratrol (found in...

The History of Yerba Mate

The History of Yerba Mate
Many caffeinated drinks and herbs were encountered during the colonial expansion by Europeans in America, Africa and Asia. However, very few of them became accepted for distribution and consumption in Europe and other parts of the world. These include cocoa, coffee, tea and mate as a late entrant to the list of beverages accepted and consumed in Europe and other parts of the globe. The exciting and rich history of yerba mate makes it the most important caffeine drink, economically and medicinally. The tea, extracted from the leaves of Ilex paraguariensis, was traditionally consumed by the Guarani people for its medicinal value, longevity and vitality. In order to industrialize its production and distribution, a lot of findings had to be done by early Europeans in...

Words Used By Yerba Mate Drinkers

Words Used by Yerba Mate Drinkers
A friend was introduced to Yerba Mate not long ago. He started drinking Yerba Mate to combat his afternoon productivity slump at the office. English isn't his native language and naturally, a few people around the tea point in the office started asking him questions about his Yerba Mate gear. He informed me that the exact sentence he used to describe his Gourd and Bombilla was: It is this "thing" to sip the tea from His colleagues raised an eyebrow and were intrigued. My shy friend however, did not enjoy the attention and made a quick dash to his desk by the window. If unlike my friend there, you don't mind the attention and would like to describe your Yerba Mate experience in better terms...

The Science behind Yerba Mate Weight Loss claims

The Science behind Yerba Mate and Weight Loss
Yerba Mate may not be the most well-known herbal tea in the UK, but fans of this South American plant have been celebrating its health-giving properties for a long time. There are many drinkers that insist that Yerba Mate tea is much better for weight loss than green tea. Luckily for us, science has come to the rescue and can back up these claims with some hard evidence. The potential of Yerba Mate when losing weight The benefits of this herbal remedy were presented in a 2012 paper called Anti-obesity and Anti-diabetic Effects of Yerba Mate (Ilex Paraguariensis) in Mice Fed a High-fat Diet. The aim here was as follows: "to evaluate the effects of Yerba Mate extract on weight loss, obesity-related biochemical parameters, and...

What are the types of Yerba Mate?

What are the types of Yerba Mate?
You have familiarised yourself with what Yerba Mate is and have made your choice on the type of Yerba Mate Gourd you want, but still don't know which type of Yerba to go for? or indeed what are the available types of Yerba Mate? This is what we will try and shed some light on in this blog post. The flavour, texture and look of Yerba Mate can differ wildly between countries and even regions within the same country. For example in Southern Brazil, the Yerba isn't dried as much and has a vivid, very rich green colour whilst also being almost all powdery. Contrast this with Argentinian Yerba Mate, where the Yerba is dried for months on end and has many stems mixed in...

What are the health benefits of Yerba Mate?

What are the Health Benefits of Yerba Mate?
Yerba Mate (What is Yerba Mate?) is slowly gaining popularity in Europe and it is all thanks to its many health benefits. Yerba Mate is well known for providing high levels of energy, many of drinkers report that Yerba Mate keeps them alert for longer periods of time. The other major benefit of Yerba Mate is that it suppresses the appetite whilst providing the body with all the nutrients it needs. The Pasteur Institute and the Paris Scientific society did a study into Yerba Mate and its health benefits in 1964. They concluded "it is difficult to find a plant in any area of the world equal to mate in nutritional value" and that yerba mate contains "practically all of the vitamins necessary to sustain...

What is Yerba Mate?

What is Yerba Mate?
Yerba Mate (pronounced yer-bah mah-tay) tends to be one of those things that either people know a lot about, or they are totally clueless and have no idea. This post is aimed at those of you that fall into the clueless group. Yerba Mate is a holly plant native to South America, it has the botanical name Ilex paraguariensis. It is most popular in Paraguay, Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay. This plant has been consumed for thousands of years by the native Guaraní tribe of North East Argentina / Southern Brazil, revered for its ability to naturally stimulate the mind and body; it is now consumed by more than 90% of people living at those countries. Yerba Mate has a significantly higher antioxidant capacity than green...

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