Yerba Mate has a rich mythological history with the Guarani and the Ache of South America. Just as important, Yerba Mate has a rich contemporary history and meaning for the people of South America, and now the world at large.
The folks of Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, and Brazil drink Yerba every day, whether it is on their way to work, or sitting with family and friends enjoying lively discussion and connection, rain, shine, or blistering heat. Yerba Mate is so ingrained into the culture of South America that Argentina has named Yerba Mate its national drink.
Charles Darwin recognized the benefits of drinking Yerba Mate. In The Voyage of the Beagle Charles Darwin recounts: "We arrived at camp during the night, and after drinking a lot of Yerba Mate, I prepared to go to sleep. I was surprised to discover that my sleep was very deep and refreshing, Although the wind was very strong and the night was chilly, I never slept more comfortable”. Darwin goes on to note that “he had the most profound dreams as a result of drinking the tea
It is for these reasons we branded ourselves Origin. The aforementioned virtues are those which we wish to convey to you, our beloved customers: family, friendship, tradition, and health. These values have been apart of the human condition from the Origin of our species.
For you, we have naturally selected this product for your enjoyment and benefit. Salud!
Many of the saponins found in Ilex species have been shown to possess antiparasitic properties, including Matesaponins 1, 3, and 4. It has also been confirmed that triterpenoids found in Ilex species are antitrypanosomal
Mate also contains high concentrations of inorganic compounds. The minerals aluminum, chromium, copper, iron, manganese, nickel, potassium, and zinc are of particular interest due to their importance in human metabolism and development [and], these minerals have been identified in varying concentrations and can vary based on soil and seasonal factors.
Recent studies have shown that nitrosative stress, a reaction of superoxides with nitrous oxide (NO) forming peroxynitrite (ONOO), causes protein nitration or nitrosylation, lipid peroxidation, DNA damage, and cell death. Mate tea was able to prevent 95% of protein nitration when tested on bovine serum albumin; in this respect, Mate was higher than both green tea and red wine. Mate was also tested against peroxynitrite-induced cytotoxicity, associated with stroke and myocardial ischemia, restriction in blood supply, and Mate tea showed the highest inhibition against cytotoxicity, compared with green tea and red wine (Bixby and others 2005)
Most notably of Mate’s biological activities is its high antioxidant capacity which has been shown to be higher than green tea, which is touted as having a very high antioxidant capacity. This high antioxidant capacity is attributed and is directly proportional to its high polyphenol concentration, namely, the caffeoyl derivatives. Due to Mate’s high biological activity and its large concentration of known active compounds it makes an ideal material for extraction of these compounds for use in other foods and supplements.
Mate tea has been shown to have possible effects in the area of weight loss and management and current research has provided some supportive evidence. Obese men and women consuming Mate tea have shown a decrease in respiratory quotient (RQ), indicating an increase in fat oxidation (Martinet and others 1999). A herbal infusion made from Mate, guarana, and damiana showed drastic slowing of gastric emptying as well as a decrease in the perceived time for gastric fullness thus increasing satiety. This was also followed by a dramatic decrease in weight, after 45 d, in overweight patients (Andersen and Fogh 2001)
Heck, C.I. & Mejia, E.G.(2007) Yerba Mate Tea (ilex paraguariensis): A Comprehensive Review on Chemistry, Health Implications, and Technological Considerations. Journal of Food Science, 72 (9), 138-151.