Yerba Maté is a plant that people make tea from – particulalry in South America.
Maybe I’m just imagining it (placebo), but although it contains caffiene, it doesn’t give me the jitters like a strong coffee can!
- Yerba maté has anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties.
- Has been shown to reduce LDL cholesterol within weeks of supplementation.
- Like many teas and supplements derived from plants, it protects the heart and cardiovascular system.
- Contains xanthines (like caffeine), flavonoids (like Quercetin), saponins (like ursolic acid), and cinnamic acid compounds (like Chlorogenic acid).
We tend to drink our teas with cooling milk but there is links to esophagus cancer in areas such as South america, the Middle East and East Africa where they drink much hotter beverages.
As with all very hot drinks I would advise a cooling period or adding cold water before you drink it!