Similar to how evolution works in terms of the occurrence of form and function, there can be unique developments leading to the utilization and cultivation of a plant for a use. The Tupi communities and the Guarani people of and around Brazil were the first to utilize and cultivate Illex paraguarinesis (Yerba Mate), a type of Holly, and it is apparently an acquired taste [R].
- Health Benefits of Yerba Mate
- 1-5) Yerba Mate Improves High Cholesterol
- 6) Yerba Mate Prevents Cancer
- 7) Yerba Mate Heals Heart Damage
- 8) Yerba Mate Relaxes Arteries
- 9-10) Yerba Mate Treats Diabetes
- 11) Yerba Mate Relieves Pain
- 12) Yerba Mate Combats Depression
- 13) Yerba Mate Is Better Than Red Wine Or Green Tea
- 14) Yerba Mate Improves Energy
- 15) Yerba Mate Helps Smokers
- 16-17) Yerba Mate Prevents DNA Mutation
- 18) Yerba Mate Quenches Free Radicals
- 19-20) Yerba Mate Prevents Neurodegenerative Disorders
- 21) Yerba Mate Improves Memory
- 22) Yerba Mate Treats Pleurisy
- 23-25) Yerba Mate Treats Metabolic Syndrome
- 26) Yerba Mate Burns Fat
- 27-29) Yerba Mate Kills Microbes
- 30) Yerba Mate Reduces Anxiety
- 31) Yerba Mate Helps High Fat Diets
- 32-34) Yerba Mate Protects The Liver
- 35) Yerba Mate Inhibits NF-kB
- Yerba Mate Combinations
- Yerba Mate Controversy
- Yerba Mate Preparation
Yerba Mate contains chlorogenic acid (crypto and neo), theophylline, theobromine, caffeine, Vitamin A, Vitamin B complex, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, caffeic acid, 3,4-dicaffeoylquinic acid, 3,5-dicaffeoylquinic acid, 4,5-dicaffeoylquinic acid, quercetin-3, rutinoside and a variety of saponins although it is dependent on the type of Yerba mate, the harvest time and the drying and infusion processes [R, R, R]. Yerba mate also contains minerals: aluminum, chromium, copper, iron, manganese, nickel, potassium and zinc [R].
Health Benefits of Yerba Mate
1-5) Yerba Mate Improves High Cholesterol
Yerba Mate significantly reduced blood cholesterol, glutathione reductase, hardening of arteries (cholesterol-related damage) in rabbits [R, R]. Also, Yerba Mate increases HDL (good cholesterol) with statin therapy better than statins alone [R].
6) Yerba Mate Prevents Cancer
7) Yerba Mate Heals Heart Damage
Recovery from heart damage was significantly increased by Yerba Mate, a heart-protective, in rats [R].
8) Yerba Mate Relaxes Arteries
9-10) Yerba Mate Treats Diabetes
AGEs (advanced glycation end products) are a component that causes diabetes complications like poor blood flow, bad vision, kidney damage and inflammation. AGEs can be created from high blood sugar, so if you want to reduce them with Yerba Mate, best to not add sugar [R].
Yerba Mate causes a significant dose-dependant reduction of AGEs, in a test-tube, mainly through stopping the second phase of AGE production, a result of Yerba Mate’s antioxidant status [R]. Also, Yerba Mate lowers blood-glucose, another way of preventing AGE production [R]. Another way Yerba Mate treats Diabetes is by improving insulin signaling [R].
11) Yerba Mate Relieves Pain
12) Yerba Mate Combats Depression
13) Yerba Mate Is Better Than Red Wine Or Green Tea
14) Yerba Mate Improves Energy
15) Yerba Mate Helps Smokers
16-17) Yerba Mate Prevents DNA Mutation
Also, Yerba Mate is an anti-mutagen, preventing DNA damage and improving repair of DNA after oxidation damage in cells [R].
18) Yerba Mate Quenches Free Radicals
Further, Yerba Mate is a rich source of polyphenols with antioxidant properties significantly stronger than green tea [R]. Thus Yerba Mate prevents heart and blood flow disease, cancer, aging, and autoimmune disorders [R].
19-20) Yerba Mate Prevents Neurodegenerative Disorders
21) Yerba Mate Improves Memory
Plus, Yerba Mate specifically improved short-term memory as short as 1.5 hours after consumption in rats [R].
22) Yerba Mate Treats Pleurisy
Pleurisy, having too much lung fluid, is treated by Yerba Mate inhibiting inflammation and allowing the lung fluid to be carried away by blood, Yerba Mate does this in mice by lowering Th1 / Th17 while increasing IL-10 as well as decreasing NF-kB [R].
23-25) Yerba Mate Treats Metabolic Syndrome
By increasing satiety (feeling full from eating), Yerba Mate lowers food intake, body weight and blood fats in mice [R].
26) Yerba Mate Burns Fat
Yerba Mate increases energy use from fat stores, in exercising humans [R].
27-29) Yerba Mate Kills Microbes
Certain bacteria and fungus are killed by Yerba Mate in mice experiments, Yerba Mate prevents dandruff, tinea, and eczema by killing Malassezia furfur, Yerba Mate prevents food poisoning, Chron’s disease, meningitis, gastro, and cellulitis by killing E. coli and Staph. aureus [R, R, R].
30) Yerba Mate Reduces Anxiety
31) Yerba Mate Helps High Fat Diets
High-fat diets are associated with an increase in TNF-alpha, IL-6, and iNOS, Yerba Mate returns these back to baseline in mice and lowers inflammation [R]. Also, Yerba Mate prevented cells from becoming the type that stores fat in mice [R].
32-34) Yerba Mate Protects The Liver
Listed as a hepatoprotective, Yerba Mate stimulates bile flow and treats gallstones and prevents enlargement of the spleen and prevents inflammation of the stomach [R]. Yerba Mate also prevents liver inflammation in mice [R].
35) Yerba Mate Inhibits NF-kB
Yerba Mate Combinations
When Yerba Mate is combined with Guarana and damiana it slows gastric emptying and helps to feel full from less food [R]. Consequently, Yerba Mate decreases weight in overweight people.
Combined with Datura (scopolamine), Yerba Mate prevents the memory loss associated with smoking or drinking datura and Brugmansia [R].
Yerba Mate Controversy
Drinking Yerba Mate has been correlated to esophageal, mouth, lung, bladder, kidney and other cancers of the head and neck. However, the regions where this correlation was found is also correlated to high class=”aalmanual” target=”_blank” href=”https://www.selfdecode.com/chemical/ethanol/?utm_source=seo&utm_medium=selfhacked&utm_campaign=id00002″>alcohol consumption and cigarette smoking. Thus, Yerba Mate’s contribution is unknown. Although consuming hot drinks can cause these problems – perhaps this is where the correlation comes from [R].
A technique for measuring PAHs (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons), a known cause of cancer in red meat and smoking was used to find that Yerba Mate is equivalent to smoking at increasing PAH, with males between the ages of 45 and 52 doing the most of both [R].
Although it is important to note that many users achieved the same minimum PAH achieved by non-users; if you smoke and/or take Yerba Mate it doesn’t necessarily mean you’re at a higher risk of cancer.
There have been a number of scientific articles published to suggest Yerba Mate causes cancer, although often no new evidence is presented [R].
Yerba Mate Preparation
Often bought as a tea, Yerba Mate can be steeped in water like any other herbal tea, although only cold Yerba Mate tea is not associated with increased risk of cancer [R]. A new technique involves brewing a probiotic beverage suggesting Yerba Mate could be a perfect tea for Kombucha [R].