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Yerba Maté, loose, 100g
Yerba Maté, loose, 100g
Yerba Maté – a very healthy tea!
This Yerba is ground to a courseness suitable for brewing like regular tea; use tea-ball, strainer, or tea-pot with built-in strainer – and all will be well!
Do you wish to sweeten it, since it has some bitterness to it (about the same as coffee), Stevia Green is the perfect sweetener!
This ”tea” has been used for centuries in South America, both for its nutritional value, and as a base for herbal medicines. The plant’s benefits and therapeutic properties have recently been verified by a number of scientific studies. The chemical components of yerba mate are similar to those found in green tea; however, yerba mate is much more nutritious. Each infusion of yerba mate contains:
- Vitamins: A, C, E, B1, B2, Niacin (B3), B5, B Complex.
- Minerals: Calcium, Manganese, Iron, Selenium, Potassium, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Zinc.
- Additional Compounds: Carotene, Fatty Acids, Chlorophyll, Flavonols, Polyphenols, Inositol, Trace Minerals, Antioxidants, Tannins, Pantothenic Acid and 15 Amino Acids.
Nicknamed the ”liquid vegetable”, the yerba mate plant contains 196 volatile (or active) chemical compounds – of which 144 are also found in green tea. Yerba mate contains 24 vitamins and minerals, 15 amino acids, and 11 polyphenols, a group of phytochemicals which act as powerful antioxidants. Polyphenols are considered to exhibit anticancer effects in mammals by strengthening an organism’s natural defences and protecting it against cellular destruction.
In addition to polyphenols, yerba mate leaves contain saponins. Saponins are phytochemicals that have been found to specifically stimulate the immune system and aid the body in protecting against disease. In fact, one study yielded three new saponins in the yerba mate leaf. These ”natural detergent” compounds (glycosides) are found in a wide variety of plant life, which bind with cholesterol so it cannot be reabsorbed into the system and is excreted from the body.
Yerba mate is high in chlorophyll which helps reduce the binding of carcinogens to DNA in the liver and other organs. It also breaks down calcium-oxalate stones, better known as kidney stones.
It is grown organically and certified as such; no pesticides and no artificial fertilizers. (The certificate that we have, is issued by the Swiss IMO, Institute for Marketecology/Institut für Marktökologie.)