Yerba Mate Nutrition Facts

Commonly consumed in herbal teas or as dietary supplements such as energy drinks, caffeinated Yerba mate is an herb made from holly plants grown in South America. This herb may provide you with several health benefits and help boost your energy. Yerba mate products are generally low in calories, especially Yerba mate herbal teas. However, use caution when drinking Yerba mate energy shots or drinks because they are often marketed as dietary supplements — which are not strictly regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration — and often contain added sugar.
Disease-Reducing Phytochemicals
Yerba mate is an excellent source of phytochemicals, such as polyphenols and flavonoids, according to a review published in 2012 in Animal Laboratory Research. Polyphenols may have antioxidant properties and play a role in maximizing your health, while reducing chronic disease risks. Polyphenols present in Yerba mate help lower low-density lipoprotein, or LDL, blood cholesterol, according to a study published in 2009 in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry, which helps reduce your risk for heart disease. The 2012 review in Animal Laboratory Research reports that Yerba mate may help reduce body fat accumulation, increase energy expenditure by boosting metabolism, reduce weight gain, lower blood cholesterol, reduce triglycerides, decrease glucose concentration and could lower your risk for developing obesity and diabetes.
Caffeine Content
Caffeine is naturally present in Yerba mate, which is one reason it works well as an ingredient in energy drinks. While the caffeine content of Yerba mate may vary, Guayaki Yerba mate contains 40 milligrams of caffeine in each 1.5-teaspoon portion of leaves and stems, which is about the same amount as one Yerba mate tea bag. In comparison, an 8-ounce cup of brewed coffee provides 80 to 135 milligrams of caffeine and brewed tea contains 40 to 60 milligrams in each 8-ounce serving, according to the University of Utah. A review published in 2010 in Nutrition reports that ingesting moderate amounts of caffeine boosts energy, increases daily energy expenditure, decreases motor and mental fatigue, enhances physical and cognitive performance, and decreases effort associated with exercise. However, consuming caffeine late in the day can make getting to sleep at night difficult.
Calorie Count
The number of calories present in Yerba mate varies, depending on the type of product you choose. Guayaki Yerba mate leaves plus stems provide just 5 calories in each 1.5 teaspoon portion, which equals one Yerba mate tea bag. A 2-ounce portion, equivalent to 1/4 cup, of a lemon-flavored Guayaki Yerba mate energy shot provides 35 calories and contains additional herbs, added sugar and vitamins in addition to Yerba mate.
Carbohydrates, Vitamins and Minerals
Yerba mate often provides vitamins, minerals and carbohydrates, but little or no protein and fat. Yerba mate contains phosphorous, iron, calcium, and vitamins B1, B2 and C, according to the 2012 review published in Animal Laboratory Research. A 1.5-teaspoon portion of Guayaki Yerba mate leaves contains just 1 gram of carbohydrates. Yerba mate lemon-flavored energy shots are fortified with vitamins B-12 and C, contain lemon flavor and have 8 grams of carbohydrates, which are mainly sugar from evaporated cane juice, in them. Some products, like energy bars that contain Yerba mate as an ingredient, often provide some protein and fat.

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Yerba mate tea is a Latin American herbal beverage that contains several beneficial components. I have already covered its health benefits and caffeine content in earlier articles. In this article, we are going to dig deeper into yerba mate nutrition facts and the concentration of different bioactive compounds.

See table 1 below for nutritional information of yerba mate brewed with 500 ml (17 oz) of water at 70 °C (158 °F) using 50 g (1.8 oz) of dry yerba mate. This is a typical amount of yerba mate consumed during one drinking session. See the third column for the percentage of the EAR (Estimated Average Requirements) per day that the amount of each nutrient represents. EAR is the amount that nutrient that is expected to satisfy the needs of 50% of people. For some nutrients, the EAR is not established (NE). Note that the amounts of nutrients can vary considerably, depending on the yerba mate product and brewing method used for preparing the infusion.

Polyphenols

Polyphenols are a group of phytochemicals that contain a benzene (C6H6) ring bound with a hydroxyl group(s) (-OH). Yerba mate contains 11 different polyphenols. The variety of mate, how it has been processed, and the brewing method, all affect the concentration of polyphenols dissolved in yerba mate tea.

The types of polyphenolic compounds in mate tea differ significantly from the ones in green and black tea, mainly because mate has a high concentration of chlorogenic acid but it doesn’t contain any catechins. This means, that if you drink both yerba mate and green (or black) tea, they complement each other very well, and you can get a wide range of different beneficial polyphenols.

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Nutrition facts and chemical composition of yerba mate: caffeine, antioxidants, minerals and other


Yerba mate

What does amount of caffeine, polyphenols and minerals depend on?

The amount of active ingredients and minerals in yerba mate changes depending on certain conditions, such as genetic differences between plants. A research document published in 2009 disclosed the results of a study showing the amount of active ingredients in eight genetically different types of yerba plant. All the plants were grown in the same place and their leaves were simultaneously collected for analysis. The biggest difference was evident in relation to the amount of triterpenoid saponins (from 0.003 to 0.080%), caffeine (from 0.226 to 1.377%), theobromine (from 0.176 to 0.831%), a smaller difference was found in relation to chlorogenic acid (from 1.344 to 2.031%).4

The conditions under which the plant is cultivated are of high importance. Too much sunlight (incl. UV rays) might lead to increased production of polyphenols.5 Generally speaking plants which are exposed to less light and grow in stressful conditions (e.g. are under constant insect attack) produce higher amounts of defensive materials such as caffeine6 and polyphenols5 but at the same time plants growing in shade produce more minerals (micro and macro elements).7 Leaves which are protected by caffeine and polyphenols against fungi and insects manage to survive longer on the plant and carry on the process of photosynthesis. In this way they compensate the plant for the biological cost which it bore in producing them. Thus yerba mate plants coming from natural forests may well contain more caffeine than those cultivated on farms. A study carried out in 2007 confirmed that trees growing in shady places have more caffeine, sometimes even twice as much as those growing in full sunlight. The amount of caffeine is also related to nitrate fertilizers used in cultivation. Fertilized plants growing in shade had double and those growing in sunlight had treble the amount of caffeine.2 Other studies showed that yerba mate trees growing on plantation in full sunlight have more polyphenols and caffeine than the trees growing in forests.5,8 However, this particular study did not take into account other variants therefore the reasons for the differences are certain.

Which leaves are harvested and when is of great importance. Young leaves are particularly tempting to insects and therefore need special protection. Thus young leaves, as well as young fruit have higher concentration of caffeine than old leaves and ripe fruit.9 Similarly young leaves have more polyphenols8 and minerals (micro and macro elements)7. The twigs which we find in yerba mate have lesser amounts of polyphenols and caffeine than the leaves1,10. The precise timing of picking the leaves is very important. In the state of Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil the leaves harvested between December and March had on average approximately 0.75% methylxanthines (caffeine, theobromine) while the leaves picked between June and September only had 0.3%11

In 2007 studies on polyphenol and caffeine contents were conducted in Brazil. In each of the three places in the state of Paraná, namely Ivaí, Rio Azul i Guarapuava, trees originating in 4 different Brazilian regions were cultivated. They came from Ivai, Quedas do Iguaçu, Cascavel and Barão de Cotegipe. There were significant differences in caffeine and theobromine levels in yerba plants coming from these different regions (the caffeine levels varying from 0.489 to 0.611%) but also in those grown in different places (levels from 0.426 to 0.695%)12.

Of the greatest interest to all those who drink yerba mate is the study from 2008 in which 15 different types of yerba mate, coming directly from producers in Argentina, Paragway and Brazil were compared. They included mate from plantation and from natural forests.

Table 1. Differences between the composition of yerba coming from trees from plantations and trees from forests (in milligrams per gram of dried leaves)5
* As an equivalent of chlorogenic acid
** Neo-chlorogenic, chlorogenic and crypto-chlorogenic acids

In general, plantation products had more polyphenols and caffeine on average than the forest products although there were differences in the levels of those substances within both groups. In branded yerba mate products there are more differences in caffeine levels than there are in polyphenol levels.

Active substances and minerals in yerba mate:

Phenol compounds have antioxidant and anti-mutagenic properties, both of which are of great importance in the prevention of cancer, stroke and certain chronic diseases such as diseases of the circulatory system.13

Dried leaves of yerba mate contain circa 10% polyphenols, mainly chlorogenic acid and its isomers. They also have caffeic acid, quinic acid, caffeoyl glucose and feruloylquinic acid. Other ingredients of yerba mate are flavonoids (0.064%), namely rutin, quercitrin and kaempferol.14,15,16,17

Polyphenol compounds present in yerba mate are significantly different from those in green tea as yerba mate is rich in chlorogenic acids and does not contain catechins.18

Table 2. Polyphenols in green tea, black tea, and yerba mate1

Polyphenols Green tea Black tea Yerba mate
Caffeic acid
Caffeoyl derivatives
Caffeoylshikimic acid
Catechin
Catechin gallate
Chlorogenic acid
Coumaric acid
Epicatechin gallate
Epigallocatechin
Epigallocatechin gallate
Feruloylquinic acid
Gallic acid
Gallocatechin gallate
Kaempferol
Myricetin
Procyanidin
Quercetin
Quinic acid
Rutin
Theaflavin

The highest concentration of polyphenols was found in the extract of shredded leaves. The lowest level in yerba mate was reached in mixtures with more twigs, mixtures poorly ground or mixtures of different type of yerba mate10. Other species of Holly (Ilex) genus (I. argentina, I. brevicuspis, I. theezans, I. dumosa var dumosa, I. pseudobuxus) also contain polyphenols and antioxidants but Yerba Mate (I. paraguariensis), has the highest content of polyphenols and significantly stronger antioxidant properties.19

Purine Alkaloids (caffeine, theobromine, theophylline)

Yerba mate has three purine alcaloids: caffeine, theobromine and theophylline. Only some studies confirm the presence of theophylline and they show that the amounts are negligible.20

Table 3. Levels of caffeine, theobromine and theophylline in dried leaves of yerba mate (Ilex paraguariensis)5,13,20,21,22

Caffeine Theobromine Theophylline
Average 0.4 – 1.7% 0.15 – 0.76% Traces
Min. 0.16% 0.15% 0
Max. 2.4% 0.9% 0.05%

The two most important compounds, caffeine and theobromine, are found mainly in the plant leaves but small amounts are also found in the wooded stems which are often found in yerba mate products.1

Caffeine

The average amount of caffeine in yerba mate varies from 0.4% to 1.7%5 with some products containing as little as 0.16%13 or as much as 2.41%21 caffeine.

Analysis showed that 500 ml of yerba mate prepared in accordance with the Brazilian tradition (chimarrão) had a caffeine content of 260 mg. The chimarrão was prepared in a small 250 ml cuia gourd which had 25-30 g of yerba mate and was filled twice with hot water at 85 degrees centigrade (185 °F).23

Some sources state that yerba mate contains mateine, which is a stereoisomer of caffeine, which would make it a different substance. This is erroneous because caffeine is an achiral molecule which by definition cannot contain any optical isomers, incl. enantiomers. In other words, mateine, like theine in tea, is a synonym for caffeine.24

Effects of caffeine:
Caffeine stimulates the cortex of the brain, dilates the coronary arteries and the meningeal arteries, stimulates heart action and the secretion of gastric acid and is a diuretic. It stimulates the body and acts as an analgesic. It might cause blood pressure increase.25

Theobromine

Yerba mate contains on average 0.15-0.76%5 theobromine, though some sources quote as much as 0.9%22

Effects of theobromine:
Theorbomine has a relaxant effect on the smooth muscle tissue of the circulatory system and causes an increase of blood flow through the kidneys and the filtration through the capillaries of the kidney glomerulus. It is sometimes used as a diuretic, or in treatment of high blood pressure and circulation problems.25

Saponins

Saponins are bitter substances which are soluble in water. They affect the taste of yerba mate.1 Saponins are responsible for the medicinal properties of many health plants. For example, they are the main active ingredient of ginseng.26 The leaves of yerba mate contain 1.2% saponins, mainly matesaponins 1 i matesaponins 227

Table 4. Saponins in yerba mate (Ilex paraguariensis)27

Saponin Amount
in mg per one g of dried leaves
Matesaponin 1 5.04
Matesaponin 2a* 3.55
Matesaponin 2b* 3.08
Matesaponin 3 Traces
Matesaponin 4 Traces
Matesaponin 5 Traces

* Matesaponin 2a and matesaponin 2b are the isomers of matesaponin 2.

Matesaponins have been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties in vitro.28

They minimize the growth and induce apoptosis (death) of colon cancer in vitro.27

Minerals

The infusion of yerba mate is particularly rich in potassium, magnesium and manganese, is reasonably rich in sulphur, calcium and phosphorus, but contains no cadmium or lead29 although some tests have shown minimal and acceptable amounts of lead in the commercially available yerba mate.

The solubility of minerals in the infusion is dependent on the amount of tannin present in it. The lower the concentration of tannin, the better the solubility of all minerals apart from nickel.1

The potassium present in yerba mate might assist with lowering blood pressure. In many tests published in the early 1990s it was shown that oral intake of potassium leads to the lowering of blood pressure, especially in people with hypotension (systolic pressure was lowered by 8.2 mm HG on average and diastolic pressure by 4.5 mm Hg).30

Table 5. Minerals present in yerba mate (Ilex paraguariensis).29

Element Dry yerba mate
(mg/100g)*
Aqueous infusion
(mg/L) **
Solubility
(%)***
Nitrogen N 1600 11 1
Phosphorus P 90 41 65
Potassium K 1300 683 75
Calcium Ca 630 44 10
Magnesium Mg 490 188 55
Sulphur S 90 58 92
Boron B 3.20 2.22 99
Copper Cu 0.89 0.28 45
Iron Fe 18.50 0.33 2.5
Manganese Mn 88 34 55
Molybdenum Mo nb 0.03 n/t
Nickel Ni 0.19 0.2 150
Zinc Zn 4.00 2.25 80
Aluminium Al 40.30 3.43 12
Barium Ba n/t 1.25 n/t
Cadmium Cd <0.001 0 n/t
Cobalt Co <0.001 n/t n/t
Chromium Cr 0.15 0.04 38
Sodium Na 3.90 3.23 118
Lead Pb <0.003 0 n/t
Silicon Si n/t 6.31 n/t
Strontium Sr n/t 0.52 n/t

n/t – not tested
* Dry yerba mate (70% leaves, 30% twigs)
** Infusion made with 1 litre of water of 80 degrees centigrade (176 °F) and 70 grams of commercially available yerba mate
*** Nickel and sodium solubility appears to higher than 100%, this is most likely an error due to considerable differences of nickel and sodium contents in the tested samples
Paweł Garski – Nutrition facts and chemical composition of yerba mate: caffeine, antioxidants, minerals and other.YerbaMateInfo.com (publication date: 2012-02-27)
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Yerba Mate and weight loss

Yerba mate has excellent nutritional qualities and physical benefits on the human body, including the possibility of losing weight when it’s consumed regularly.

The effects of Yerba Mate on the human body

The excellent properties of yerba mate are well known, including its stimulating effect that increases energy and the fact that it helps digestion. It also has 90% more antioxidants than green tea, which reduce the signs of aging, detoxify the body and prevent disease.

Many studies, such as the research conducted by biochemist Rafael Perez Elizalde from the Juan Agustin Maza University, assure that mate can significantly reduce cholesterol and aid in weight loss. Also from Brazil, after running some tests in the lab in the Itajai Valley University, researchers claim that you can lose weight by drinking mate.

How can you lose weight with yerba mate?

There are several reasons why yerba mate is associated with weight loss. First, it is a diuretic and purifying beverage, so it prevents water retention. Also, like all caffeinated beverages, mate boosts the metabolism and makes it use more energy (helping the fat burning process).

Perhaps the most direct effect of yerba mate on weight loss is the feeling of fullness, which makes you feel satisfied and without appetite for longer. Another effect of mate is that it prevents the accumulation of lactic acid in the muscles and reduces fatigue, allowing you to train and do sport for longer.

Some also say that mate has a calming and relaxing effect, eliminating emotional eating and preventing you from eating more than you need.

Recommendations

When consumed in excess, mate can also have side effects on the liver and blood pressure, so it is advisable to maintain a moderate consumption. It is also important to remember that although mate can reduce appetite, it should not be a replacement for food, and if you want to lose weight with yerba mate, experts recommend a healthy diet and a regular physical activity.

Either way, the healthy benefits of yerba mate are undeniable and its regular consumption is highly recommended, even if not part of a weight loss regimen.

It is always recommended to consult the doctor if you have any questions.

10 Reasons People Swear By Yerba Mate

You know that coffee and green tea are good for you, but there’s another drink on the scene that is competing for the spotlight when it comes to health benefits. Ever heard of Yerba Mate? It’s an herbal drink made from the leaves of the mate plant, typically found in the rainforests of South America. It contains an abundance of vitamins and minerals, can improve your health from weight loss to stress, and provides a natural source of energy. No wonder why it’s the number one drink in many South American countries!

But is the hype real? Some studies agree that Yerba Mate is the super-drink that it’s claimed to be. Other reports say that the safety of Yerba Mate hasn’t been studied enough. Food journalist Kelly Choi recommends it as a metabolism-boosting tea in her bestselling The 7-Day Flat-Belly Tea Cleanse. “This tea is known for its powerful thermogenic effects, which means it turns up your body’s calorie-burning mechanism,” she explains. “But like any herbal product, you should consult with a doctor to see if it’s right for you and consume it in moderation.” If you can forgo the bitter, grassy taste, you may just score the load of health benefits that are causing such a buzz among the health food scene. And then get more slimming ideas with these 40 Best Foods to Melt Love Handles!

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It’s Great for Weight Loss

Research has found that sipping on Yerba Mate can help you slim down, much like green tea. Previous studies had participants take a Yerba Mate-infused supplements and found that the herb contributed to a reduction of body fat and BMIs. While they can’t pinpoint why this is so great for weight loss, the study authors believed that it’s due to its high concentrations of caffeine that contributed to the fat-burning effects. Another drink to add to The 37 Best-Ever Drinks for Weight Loss.

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It Can Improve Your Digestion

Tummy troubles? Due to its high choleretic effect, drinking Yerba Mate regularly can help soothe an upset stomach and other digestion problems such as constipation and diarrhea. A study also mentioned that it can increase bile flow, which is beneficial for a healthy gastrointestinal tract.

3

It’s a Natural Boost of Energy

Need a pick-me-up? The mate leaves are naturally caffeinated, which makes this herbal drink a great alternative to your morning cup of joe. However, the abundance of vitamins and minerals balances out the caffeine, so it gives you that energy kick without the crash and burn that some get with coffee. And speaking of that energy boost, here are 35 Things You Didn’t Know About Caffeine.

4

It Can Help The Heart

Yerba Mate is high in antioxidants and polyphenols which can help ward off diseases, especially heart health. According to a study published in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry, people who drank the Yerba Mate-infused tea for 40 days saw their LDL cholesterol reduced by 13.1 percent and a 6.2 percent increase in HDL cholesterol (also known as the good cholesterol), which suggests that the herbal drink can protect against cardiovascular diseases.

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It Can Boost Your Metabolism

As mentioned before, a cup of Yerba Mate can help with your weight loss goals, but research has also found that it can improve your exercise performance. “This type of tea makes your fat burners more sensitive to exercise,” says Choi. “This means that consuming the herb increases the beneficial effects that workouts have on your metabolism.” Nice! And while we’re on the subject, steer clear of these 25 Things You Did Today That Ruined Your Metabolism.

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It May Help Prevent Diabetes

Evidence suggests that this herbal supplement can help protect people from diabetes. The Journal of American College Nutrition published a study on the effect of Yerba Mate tea and individuals with Type 2 diabetes. Individuals who consumed the beverage found that it reduced the lipid and glucose levels.

7

It Improves Your Friendships

We’re not kidding with this one! Much like how we grab coffee or drinks with our friends, drinking Yerba Mate is a social event in South American countries. Traditional ceremonies would pass around the drink in a gourd, symbolizing hospitality. Plus, Yerba Mate gives you an euphoric feeling that’s similar to eating chocolate, so you’ll feel the same happy feelings you would if you took a round of shots—only healthier. If you’d rather imbibe, though, don’t miss our guide to healthy alcoholic drinks!

8

It Eases Anxiety and Stress

Next time you find yourself stressed at work, try drinking a cup of Yerba Mate. Like green tea, maté contains theobromine, an alkaloid that gives off a relaxing effect and can minimize stress levels. And by stressing less, you’re clearing your mind, which means you can up your focus and get work done.

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It Can Stop Bacterial Growth

Yup, Yerba Mate can stop your food from going bad. A study published in Journal of Food Protection suggests that Yerba Mate can protect foods against the E.coli bacteria. Researchers added high concentrations of the tea to spoiled apple juice and found that its antimicrobial properties modified the juice’s PH balance and reduced bacterial growth.

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It Can Boost Your Immunity

Yerba Mate is a nutrition powerhouse due to its high concentration vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. It also features vitamin C and zinc, which essential for warding off the cold and flu. By drinking maté and eating these 7 Foods that Ward off Winter Illnesses, you’ll be good to go!

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Yerba Mate vs. Green Tea: Which Is Better for Weight Loss?

Yerba mate and green tea are both touted for the weight loss benefits, but what is it about these products that help you lose weight? Read below to learn additional information about yerba mate and green tea and find out the best way to use these products when try to lose weight.

Yerba Mate

Yerba mate is a South American beverage that is made from the leaves of the mate tree. The mate tree is grown in the rainforest of Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay and Brazil and is the national beverage of these countries.

For centuries, South American tribes have consumed yerba mate for its rejuvenate effects, such as clarity and vitality. The leaves of the tree contain 15 amino acids, 24 minerals and vitamins and antioxidants. Additionally, yerba mate includes caffeine, theobromine and theophylline, which are found in chocolate, coffee and tea. These ingredients stimulate the central nervous system, decrease appetite, increase muscle relaxation and function as a diuretic.

In regards to weight loss, yerba mate has shown to be helpful in both weight loss and weight control. Yerba mate causes thermogensis, or increased calorie burn, increased diuresis and appetite suppression, all of which improve the chances of weight loss. The average cup of yerba mate has 50 milligrams of caffeine.

Green Tea

Green tea is a beverage that is produced from the leaves of the Asian plant, camellia sinensis. Green tea is different from black tea because the leaves are less processed and are treated in a way that better preserves nutrients.

Green tea contains a large number of antioxidants which help boost the immune system and overall health. The American Cancer Society supports the belief that green tea can help prevent and treat certain forms of cancer. Additional studies have shown that green tea can help treat Alzheimer’s and arthritis.

In regards to weight loss, green tea causes thermogenesis or increased calorie burn. Much of the thermogenesis caused by green tea is due to the caffeine in the leaves and the epigallocatechin gallate or EGCG. In the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, researchers supported that green tea causes thermogenesis, but that green tea also promotes fat oxidation. The average cup of green tea has 50 milligrams of caffeine.

Yerba Mate vs. Green Tea

One of the main reasons that green tea and yerba mate help with weight loss is because they cause thermogenesis in the body. There are no research studies that prove either one of these products is more affective in causing weight loss.

The thermogenesis of green tea and yerba mate do increase daily calorie burn by 80 to 100 calories a day, but to lose one pound of fat, individuals need to consume 3,500 fewer calories than they burn. The best way to achieve weight loss is to eat 500 fewer calories a day. One of the most effective methods to track calories is through food journaling. FitDay.com offers a free website to help dieters track nutrition, calories and weight loss.

Each of these products has a unique benefit in regards to weight loss. In addition to thermogenesis, yerba mate has shown to be a natural diuretic, which can help reduce water retention, and to decrease appetite. Green tea has also shown to promote fat oxidation.

The plant is very popular throughout Latin America, particularly Uruguay, Argentina and Paruguay, where it is drunk as a tea because of its caffeine-like qualities. However, its anti-oxidant rich qualities mean it is also an ideal ingredient for skin care and hair care products, underlined by research carried out at the University of Illinois that found the plant to be rich in phenolic constituents, which can fight cancers. Protects agains free radicals​ In skin care products and, to a lesser extent, hair care products, these phenolic constituents can translate into anti-aging and anti-inflammatory qualities because they protect against the free radical damage that can contribute to cell degradation. The Whole Food Market hair and skin care lines incorporating Yerba Maté are called Save Your Hair, which includes a shampoo and conditioner, and Save Your Skin, which includes exfoliating soaps, shower gels and body lotion, all of which are part of the company’s Save Your World concept and brand. Although the growing trend for natural and organic based ingredients has led to a string of unusual ingredients being used in personal care products, Yerba Maté has not yet featured in any major national or international launches of any note. The tea makes its mark​ Currently there is a Yerba Maté Tea Toner on the market, made by Kiehl, which also contains peppermint and Ivy Stem, but other personal care companies have largely ignored it. Both of the Whole Foods Market lines are said to be handcrafted, paraben-free, and pH-balanced, and are rich in vitamins, including A, C, E, B1, B2, B complex, carotene, riboflavin, panothenic acid, biotin and Vitamin C complex, together with 15 amino acids. As well as the Yerba Maté, both lines also contain Aloe Vera, which is primarily used in skin care products to help soothe the skin and reduce inflammation associated with allergies and fatigue. Save Your World​ The Save Your World brand body lotion was launched nationwide by Whole Food Markets last month, having received the company’s Standard Seal of Approval, while the Save Your Skin and Save Your Hair lines are initially being launched in the company’s Rocky Mountain Region Stores. The company claims that the Save Your World line is helping preserve 200,000 acres of Guyana rainforest from logging and further destructive development through contributions made from the sale of each product that is bought in the range. Those contributions go towards paying for the annual lease fees required to maintain the agreement with the Guyana Forestry Commission.

Guayaki Yerba Mate Enlighten Mint from Whole Foods

USDA organic. Fair trade certified. Powerful rainforest experience. Non GMO project verified. Guayaki (gwy-uh-kee) Yerba Mate (yer-bah mah-tay) is made from the leaves of the celebrated South American rainforest holly tree (ilex paraguariensis). For centuries, South America’s Ache Guayaki tribe have sipped yerba mate daily from a traditional gourd for its powerful rejuvenative effects. These rainforest people find tremendous invigoration, focus and nourishment in yerba mate and revere it as the drink of the gods. Guayaki’s Enlighten Mint is a flavorful tribute to the Ache Guayaki and their legendary beverage. Rise up with Guayaki and share in this powerful rainforest experience! Non-carbonated. 150 mg naturally occurring caffeine per can. Fair for Life: Social & fair trade certified by IMO. Certified organic by: CCOF. (These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.) Serving Size: 8.00 oz(240ml) Serving Per Container: 2.0000 Calories: 60.0 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice, but calorie needs vary.

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