Spilling Mate!

It’s happened a few times to me, if you fill it up too much and then you forget about trying not too spill it your in trouble! Don’t worry, mate doesn’t stain permanently!

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Yerba Mate consumption in Uruguay.

Over the summer holidays, my brother and I travelled with my dad to his homeland-  Uruguay. It was an amazing experience, we also charted to Argentina and Chile in our two month vacation. One of the things that we noted in relation to mate, is how many Uruguayan’s we saw drinking mate. In Uruguay, everywhere you look there is someone drinking mate, whether at the beach, in the city, or in the bus. In fact, they banned mate drinking in buses because of the danger of spilling hot water but people still do it anyway. The driver even has a mate holder next to his seat.
It was interesting to see that Argentines hardly drink any yerba mate compared to Uruguayans. Uruguayans drink the most mate per capita in South America. When I was talking to the doorperson in the apartment we rented about this he told me something that I thought was pretty funny. He said “Uruguayans drink more mate than Argetines because there are more places to relax in Uruguay”, in Spanish ofcourse. 

Over the summer holidays, my brother and I travelled with my dad to his homeland-  Uruguay. It was an amazing experience, we also charted to Argentina and Chile in our two month vacation. One of the things that we noted in relation to mate, is how many Uruguayan’s we saw drinking mate. In Uruguay, everywhere you look there is someone drinking mate, whether at the beach, in the city, or in the bus. In fact, they banned mate drinking in buses because of the danger of spilling hot water but people still do it anyway. The driver even has a mate holder next to his seat.

It was interesting to see that Argentines hardly drink any yerba mate compared to Uruguayans. Uruguayans drink the most mate per capita in South America. When I was talking to the doorperson in the apartment we rented about this he told me something that I thought was pretty funny. He said “Uruguayans drink more mate than Argetines because there are more places to relax in Uruguay”, in Spanish ofcourse.  I really found this hilarious, and so did my dad and brother.

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Yerba mate + peppermint tea!

Just tried yerba mate with pepper mint tea!! Surprisingly nice. The peppermint was a bit too strong though.

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Misleading details!

Just a quick one… One of the most frustrating things in the yerba mate business is coming across sites with misleadings details. A lot of research does exist but we can’t make up stuff about health benefits and we can’t pervert our customers perceptions about yerba mate. Especially annoying is how some sites graph only one type of antioxidant (chlorogenic) and not the other. Then they say yerba mate has more antioxidants than green tea. Probably true, but the difference is not that big. It will be an awesome day when a majoy university or something does research on yerba mate and we know more specific information about the health benefits, caffeine content etc. Anyway that’s it for now. End rant.

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La Yerba Mate – Buy Yerba Mate health tea- South Americas green tea drink in loose leaf and tea bags. We also stock gourds, bombillas, and organic yerba mate tea.

Hi Introducing everyone to our new website! We at La Yerba Mate aim to provide Latin American expatriates and the health conscious with the opportunity to buy cheap yerba mate tea. We sell loose leaf and tea bag varieties of yerba mate as well as gourds and bomillas. We ourselves are big mate drinkers and we know how important it is to be able to find good yerba.

We want to give you the best service possible, so whatever your query about yerba mate tea is, call or email us and we will devote our full attention and care to helping you. We have a great understanding on everything to do with yerba mate tea; the health benefits, preparation methods and a lot more. Our 24 hour email reply policy is just one of our customer service ideas.

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Yerba Mate Health Benefits

Yerba Mate (ilex paraguariensis) is a tea beverage with many health benefits widely consumed in Latin American countries, more specifically in northern Argentina, southern Brazil, Paraguay, and Uruguay. It exclusively grows in these regions due to their unique soil and climate. Mate is traditionally drank out of a gourd using a metal or wooden straw called “bombilla.”. The dry leaves are packed into the gourd and warm/hot water is poured over them. Loose leaf mate is alternatively commercially packed into individual tea bags or mate tea concentrate for use as ingredient in the food or dietary supplement industries. Yerba mate is often termed South America’s green tea.

Yerba Mate has recently gained strong publicity for its health benefits. Scientific literature has reported numerous benefits which include:

-Cholesterol lowering properties amongst numerous heart-protective effects [7]
-Powerful Antioxidant: Yerba Mate has more polyphenols than green tea [3] [5].
-Weight loss aid (Increases fat oxidation, reduces blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels) [1] [3]
-Powerful central nervous system stimulant [3]
-Improves cognition, enhances both short term and long term memory and learning [5]
-Anti-diabetic actions via inhibiting AGE formation which plays a role in diabetic complications [4]
-Stimulates digestion [2]
-Liver protective properties [3]
-Mild Diuretic [2]

Research has validated the majority of the medicinal beliefs towards yerba mate held among the native Guarani Indians for centuries [4]. They used it to enhance immunity, cleanse and detoxify the blood, stimulate the nervous system, maintain youthful hair colour, slow aging, fight fatigue, stimulate the mind, control appetite, relieve debilitating disease, decrease stress, treat insomnia, and so forth.

Each serving of yerba mate contains:
-Vitamins: A, C, E, Thiamine (B1), Riboflavin (B2), Niacin (B3), Pantothenic Acid (B5), B Complex.
-Minerals: Aluminum, Chromium, Calcium, Copper, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Nickel, Phosphorus, Potassium, Selenium & Zinc.
-Additional Compounds: Alkaloids, Antioxidants, Carotene, Chlorogenic-acid, Chlorophyll, Inositol, Fatty Acids, Flavonoids, Inositol, Polyphenols, Tannins, Trace Minerals, and 15 Amino Acids. [3] [4] [6] [9]

In 1964 the Pasteur Institute and the Paris Scientific society research on the properties of mate concluded “it is difficult to find a plant in any area of the world equal to mate in nutritional value”. Mate was found to contain “practically all of the vitamins necessary to sustain life”! [6]

References
1. Andersen T, Fogh J. Weight loss and delayed gastric emptying following a South American herbal preparation in overweight patients. J Hum Nutr Diet, 14(3):243-50, 2001.
2. Gorzalczany S, Filip R, Alonso MR, Miño J, Ferraro GE, Acevedo C. Choleretic effect and intestinal propulsion of ‘maté’ (Ilex paraguariensis) and its substitutes of adulterants. J. Ethnopharmacol, 75(2–3): 291–94, 2001.
3. Heck, CI, de Mejia, EG. Yerba Mate Tea (Ilex paraguariensis): a comprehensive review on chemistry, health implications, and technological considerations. J Food Sci, 72(9):138-51, 2007.
4. Lunceford, N, l. Ilex paraguariensis extracts inhibit AGE formation more efficiently than green tea. Fitoterapia. 76(5): 419-27, 2005.
5. Matsumoto, RL, Bastos, DH, Mendonça, S, Nunes, VS, Bartchewsky, W, Ribeiro ML, de Oliveira Carvalho, P. Effects of Mate Tea (Ilex paraguariensis) Ingestion on mRNA Expression of Antioxidant Enzymes, Lipid Peroxidation, and Total Antioxidant Status in Healthy Young Women. J Agric Food Chem. 2009.
6. Mowrey.D.B, PH.D. Yerba Mate Unequalled Natural Nutrition in South American Herbs.
Herbal Tonic Therapies, Wings Books, New York, 1996.
7. Prediger.RD, Fernandes.MS, Rial.D, Wopereis.S, Pereira.VS, Bosse.TS, Da Silva.CB, Carradore.RS, Machado.MS, Cechinel-Filho.V, Costa-Campos.L. Effects of acute administration of the hydroalcoholic extract of mate tea leaves (Ilex paraguariensis) in animal models of learning and memory. J Ethnopharmacol, 120(3):465-73, 2008.
8. Schinella, G, Fantinelli, JC, Mosca, SM. Cardioprotective effects of Ilex paraguariensis extract: evidence for a nitric oxide-dependent mechanism. Clin. Nutr. 24(3): 360-6, 2005.
9. Vera Garcia R, Basualdo I, Peralta I, de Herebia M, Caballero S. Minerals content of Paraguayan yerba mate (Ilex paraguariensis, S.H.). Arch Latinoam Nutr., 47 (1):77-80, 1997.

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