Monday, June 13, 2011

Yerba Mate – Monogragh

Common Name – Yerba Mate

Botanical Name – Llex Paraguariensis

Parts Used – Leave and twigs

Active Constituents – Xanthines: caffeine, theobromine and theophylline. Minerals: potassium, magnesium and manganese.

So what is Yerba Mate good for?

  1. Helps to lower cholesterol
  2. Can assist in weight loss
  3. Boosts energy and mental focus
  4. Antioxidant
  5. Anti-inflammatory
Yerba mate can be just as good as coffee to give you that caffeine boost but it has been found to be easier on the body then coffee.

Antioxidants found in yerba mate are anti-carcinogenic which means they can help to prevent cancer.

Yerba mate can be beneficial to anyone suffering from lipid unbalance and inflammation problems.

Yerba mate tea has been shown to lessen tendency to obesity due to a high starch diet.

How to prepare Yerba mate tea – add one heaping tablespoon of the dry herb to a cup of hot water and let it steep for five minutes. Strain out the used herb and enjoy.

Contraindications – people with high blood pressure should not drink yerba mate. People taking MAO inhibitors should not drink yerba mate. Yerba matte should not be consumed excessively

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