The benefits of Mate
Mate is an ancestral drink traditionally consumed in South American countries. In fact, mate comes from the leaf of yerba mate, a highly prized shrub that has amazing properties and benefits.
- Specific name: Ilex paraguariensis
- Other names: Chimarrão, Paraguayan tea, St. Bartholomew tea, Brazil tea, Jesuit tea.
- Botanical classification: Aquifoliaceae Family
- Forms et preparations: Leaves, infusions, tea, herbal teas, capsules, poultices, food supplements
- Origins: South America
What is mate?
Originally from South America, mate is nowadays more and more consumed for its benefits. In Paraguay, the plant has been used for centuries but only appears in the 19th century in Europe. Mate comes from a shrub belonging to the family of Aquifoliaceae which can reach up to 15 meters high. Its oval leaves are dried and intended for consumption. The mate's flowering period occurs between autumn and winter and suggests small white flowers clustered together. It also has red berries that only appear between January and March. These shrubs easily grow in the wild and especially enjoy the edges of rivers in the heart of mountain forests located between 500 and 700 meters above sea level. They are particularly fond of hot and humid tropical climates and are grown under greenhouse in our climates. It is advisable to drink mate regularly to benefit from its properties.
The composition of mate:
The mate's benefits come from the composition of its leaves, which are dried before being consumed. They contain caffeine which helps to reduce tiredness. It is also composed of vitamins A, B2, B3, and C, magnesium and calcium. In addition, mate leaves do not contain calories, but zinc, iron, magnesium and potassium. We also find carotene, tannins, antioxidants, amino acids, polyphenols, fatty acids and chlorophyll.
The mate's benefits:
Mate may have a positive effect on concentration and may also help reduce transient fatigue. It seems that it can also reduce weight and the formation of cellulite. Finally, mate seems to be able to contribute to the improvement of digestion.
How to use mate?
Mate can be consumed in different forms, the best known being mate infusions. To prepare, simply dip between 4 to 5 grams of dried leaves in 1 L of water brought to a boil. It is recommended not to exceed 5 cups a day.
It is also possible to take mate in the form of capsules. It should not exceed 6 capsules a day. It is important to respect the dosages prescribed.
In the form of a poultice, it is sufficient to apply the mate leaves on the part concerned and let it act about 10 minutes. It is advisable not to apply too close to mucous membranes and eyes.
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