WHAT IS YERBA MATE?

See below for history, health, and nutritional information about this amazing South American tea!

ORIGINS :

Yerba Mate is a nutritious, naturally caffeinated herbal tea which comes from the leaves of a tree in the holly family (Ilex paraguariensis). Native to South America, Yerba Mate grows naturally in shaded rainforest regions of Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay, and Southern Brazil. There are many legends surrounding the tea praising it for its energy boosting, uplifting, and holistic healing properties. In some regions, it was referred to as the “drink of the gods” or “what sustains the being” and was incorporated as an ingredient to remedy a wide variety of ailments. Over time Yerba Mate has evolved into a beverage deeply rooted in history, culture, and ceremony. It is traditionally consumed in a group through a gourd and a bombilla, a special perforated straw which allows liquid to pass but not leaves, but is also widely consumed by individuals as an integral part of a daily routine.

CULTURE :  

At CO2 Brew our goal is to make connections and join people together through the sharing of our beverage and the pursuit of active, healthy lifestyles. When people gather to drink Yerba Mate, it’s a time where you put all of life’s distractions aside and come as you are. People sit in a circle and respectfully share the tea by passing it to and from the person who has prepared the Mate called the Cebador. The gourd is filled multiple times as people drink their fill and share stories from the day.  In many parts of South America it’s not uncommon to see people everywhere carrying a gourd or thermos and filling them at hot water stations around the city to get their mate fix.

HEALTH BENEFITS OF YERBA MATE

HEALTH BENEFITS : The leaves of the Yerba Mate tree naturally contain a variety of antioxidants, 15 amino acids, and 24 different vitamins and minerals. In a study conducted by the Pasteur Institute and the Paris Scientific Society, an investigator concluded “it is difficult to find a plant in any area of the world equal to Mate in nutritional value” and that Yerba Mate contains “practically all of the vitamins necessary to sustain life.”

TRADITIONAL MEDICINAL USES:  Yerba Mate has been used traditionally as a stimulant, as an overall tonic and digestive aid, as an aid for weight loss and boosting metabolism, as a general nerve tonic for pain, fatigue, and depression, for allergies and sinuses, and much more!

More Information on Yerba Mate can be found HERE

MINERALS and Additional Health Compounds in Yerba Mate include Calcium, Manganese, Iron, Selenium, Potassium, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Zinc, Carotene, Fatty Acids, Chlorophyll, Flavonoids, Polyphenols, Inositol, Trace Minerals, Antioxidants, Tannins, Pantothenic Acid and 15 Amino Acids!

CAFFEOYL DERIVATIVES  found in Yerba Mate are abundant and are responsible for the health-promoting antioxidants. Yerba Mate boasts the most antioxidants, even more than its healthy counterpart green tea! These antioxidants can help prevent disease as well as stimulate the immune system!

SAPONINS  are a bitter compound which helps give Yerba Mate is unique taste, but in addition to taste, saponins contain anti-inflammatory and hypocholesterolemic properties, meaning it can help lower cholesterol!

XANTHINES  act as stimulants, mate contains caffeine and theobromine, also found in chocolate, coffee, other teas. These can improve focus, energy levels, and physical endurance! Compared to the other common stimulants, coffee, tea, kola nut, cocoa, and guarana, Yerba Mate reportedly offers the most balanced boost of energy!

VITAMINS  in Yerba Mate include A, C, E, B1, B2, Niacin (B3), B5, and B complex.