Nutrients in Yerba Mate
Loose leaf yerba mate contains six times more polyphenols per brewed milliliter and 196 active compounds compared to the 144 found in green tea. These micronutrients are packed with antioxidants that can strengthen the immune system and protect against cellular damage caused by free radicals. According to a 1995 study by the Pasteur Institute yerba mate is a more powerful antioxidant than vitamin C.
These are some of the antioxidants found in yerba mate: Caffeic acid, caffeine, caffeoyl shikimic acid, chlorogenic acid, feruloylquinic acid, kaempferol, quercetin, quinic acid, rutin, tannin, theobromine, and theophylline.
Vitamins and minerals
The average person today fails to obtain all the necessary vitamins and minerals from their daily meals. Yerba mate contains 15 amino acids and 25 essential vitamins and minerals which include: Vitamin A, B1, B2, B3 (Niacin), B5, and B complex, C, C complex, chromium, copper, magnesium, calcium, choline, chlorophyll, inositol, iron, manganese, nickel, pantothenic acid, phosphorus, potassium, silicon, sodium, and zinc.
In 1964 a group of investigators from the Pasteur institute concluded that yerba mate contains practically all the vitamins necessary to sustain life and consider it very important in the cell regeneration process. In fact, the Gauchos (Argentine cowboys) would survive for months out on the pampas (grasslands) by supplementing their meat, cheese, and bread diet with yerba mate. Thus, obtaining form this “liquid vegetable” the vital vitamins and minerals missing in their diet.
Herbal properties of Yerba mate
Alterative, Analeptic, Antioxidant, Aperient, Astringent, Depurative, Diuretic, Glycogenolytic, Immunostimulant, Lipolytic, Purgative, Stimulant, Stomachic, Sudorific, Tonic
Yerba mate can enhance the health and healing properties of other herbs. This is why the ancient Guarani as well as people in modern South America combine medicinal and health promoting herbs with yerba mate.
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