Yerba Mate’ Trees. Photo courtesy Mate Factor

Yerba Mate': Traditional Herb, New Diet Ingredient

Common Name

Yerba Mate’

Botanical Name

Ilex paraguariensis
Yerba Mate’
Ilex paraguariensis
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My recommendation is to drink 2 – 4 cups of yerba mate daily. You can find it plain or in flavors like chai spice or mixed with mint. For brands we like, please scroll to the bottom of this page.

A traditional plant from the forests of South America may be the next big diet breakthrough, holding important chemical keys to weight loss and a lean physique. Yerba Mate’ (Ilex paraguariensis) is a tree cultivated in Paraguay, Brazil and northern Argentina. For centuries, yerba mate’ has been consumed as a traditional tonic and natural stimulant beverage. The leaves of Yerba Mate’ are made into a hot or cold beverage, and this Yerba Mate’ “tea” is drunk to alleviate fatigue, suppress appetite, stimulate body and mind, and boost metabolism. Yerba mate’ also demonstrates 5-lipoxygenase inhibitory activity, which makes the herb of use in some cases of mild to moderate asthma. Over the past few years, various brands of Yerba mate’ have shown up in the natural foods stores and increasingly in conventional food stores as well.

Yerba mate’ contains more than 250 known natural compounds, most notably the alkaloids caffeine, theophylline and theobromine. These agents promote central nervous stimulation, and act as diuretics, causing the body to shed water. Additionally, Yerba mate’ is rich in a group of compounds called the chlorogenic acids. These agents help to suppress appetite, regulate metabolism and inhibit fat production. This makes Yerba mate’ an ideal agent in the fight against unwanted body fat.

Dried Yerba Mate’ naturally contains approximately 1 – 2 percent caffeine. But most significant is the chlorogenic acids value of Yerba mate’. Dried Yerba Mate’ naturally contains approximately 10% of this unique group of compounds. Chlorogenic acids also shows up in concentration in coffee, and this is why a shot of espresso after a meal can aid digestion, slow glucose release into the blood stream, and help to reduce production of fat.

There are several means by which weight loss and weight control can be achieved. Though calorie restriction almost inevitably results in better weight control, this approach is often difficult in and of itself. Exercise too is a highly significant factor in weight control, but often people find that due to lifestyle demands they cannot be consistent enough in an exercise program to achieve weight goals. Among the other means of weight control, glucose control, thermogenesis, appetite suppression and increased diuresis can enhance your ability to reduce weight and keep it off. Yerba mate’ performs these functions, thereby improving the odds of achieving weight goals. Drinking Yerba mate’ helps to stabilize blood sugar, suppress appetite, increase caloric burn rate, and increase urination, thereby reducing overall body water weight. Safe and effective, Yerba mate’ may be just what you require to meet your weight goals.

Guidelines for Use

A traditional plant with a long history of safe use, Yerba mate’ is a modern diet aid when incorporated daily into the diet. My recommendation is to drink 2 – 4 cups of yerba mate daily. You can find it plain or in flavors like chai spice or mixed with mint. As for brands of Yerba mate’, I recommend Guayaki, Mate’ Factor and Pixie brands, all of which can be found in natural food stores. Do not expect miracle weight loss. If you eat sensibly and exercise on a regular basis, Yerba mate will help you to gradually reduce excess weight. It takes time to become overweight, and it takes time to shed pounds as well.

As for brands of Yerba mate’, I recommend Guayaki and Mate’ Factor, all of which can be found in natural food stores. Great people too.