Yerba Mate Teabags
Yerba Mate Teabags – The traditional tea of Southern South America, Maté is brewed from the leaves and stem of the Ilex paraguariensis tree.
Unlike other teas, the leaves and stem are exposed to flames immediately after harvesting; a process known as sapeco. This is to quickly lessen the moisture but seal in the vitamins, minerals and polyphenols. The leaves then undergo a second drying step but remain green due to the flame-drying action.
After the sapeco and drying, the green Maté is finely cut and put into teabags. Its taste is often described as green, grassy and herbaceous, with a slightly smoky flavour, and not unlike green tea.
- Helps maintain a healthy body weight
- Has stimulating and tonic properties that contribute to the resistance against mental and physical fatigue
- Contains antioxidant polyphenols
Help maintain a healthy body weight with Yerba Mate. With antioxidants, vitamins and minerals in abundance, it has stimulating and tonic properties that contribute to the resistance against physical and mental fatigue.
Yerba Mate Tea Bags Research:
J Food Sci. 2007 Nov;72(9):R138-51. Yerba Mate Tea (Ilex paraguariensis): a comprehensive review on chemistry, health implications, and technological considerations. Heck CI, de Mejia EG. Source Dept. of Food Science and Human Nutrition, Univ. of Illinois, Urbana, Champaign, IL 61801, USA. Abstract Yerba Mate tea, an infusion made from the leaves of the tree Ilex paraguariensis, is a widely consumed nonalcoholic beverage in South America which is gaining rapid introduction into the world market, either as tea itself or as ingredient in formulated foods or dietary supplements.
The indigenous people have used it for centuries as a social and medicinal beverage. Yerba Mate has been shown to be hypocholesterolemic, hepatoprotective, central nervous system stimulant, diuretic, and to benefit the cardiovascular system.
It has also been suggested for obesity management. Yerba Mate protects DNA from oxidation and in vitro low-density lipoprotein lipoperoxidation and has a high antioxidant capacity. It has also been reported that the tea is associated to both the prevention and the cause of some types of cancers.
Yerba Mate has gained public attention outside of South America, namely the United States and Europe, and research on this tea has been expanding. This review presents the usage, chemistry, biological activities, health effects, and some technological considerations for processing of Yerba Mate tea.
Furthermore, it assesses in a concise and comprehensive way the potential of Ilex paraguariensis as a source of biological compounds for the nutraceutical industry. PMID: SOURCE: