Yerba Mate leaves contain saponins (In fact, one recent study yielded 3 new saponins in the Yerba Mate leaf!) Saponins are phytochemicals that have been found to specifically stimulate the immune system and aid the body in protecting against disease. They possess significant anti-inflammatory properties. The immune system, a critical collection of biological structures and processes, is important to keep as strong as possible. With so many medications being prescribed for immune disorders these days; write yourself off of that e-prescribing program and consider Yerba Mate as a natural way to strengthen your body's defense.
In 2005, researchers at the University of Illinois studied 25 different types of mate. They found the tea to contain "higher levels of antioxidants than green tea"... and, based on cell studies, "may help prevent oral cancer." Other studies have shown yerba mate to possess up to 90% more metabolism-boosting nutrients than green tea!
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.
Each infusion of Mate contains:
Vitamins: A, C, E, B1, B2, Niacin (B3), B5, B Complex
Minerals: Calcium, Manganese, Iron, Selenium, Potassium, Magnesium, Phosphorus
Additional Compounds: Fatty Acids, Chlorophyll, Flavonols, Polyphenols, Trace Minerals, Antioxidants, Pantothenic Acid and 15 Amino Acids.
According to Dr. Mowrey, Director of Mountainwest Institute of Herbal Sciences, one group of investigators from the Pasteur Institute and the Paris Scientific Society concluded that Yerba Mate contains "practically all of the vitamins necessary to sustain life." They focused especially on Pantothenic Acid, remarking that it is "rare to find a plant with so much of this significant and vital nutrient. . . It is indeed difficult to find a plant in any area of the world equal to Mate in nutritional value."
In addition, results from a study done by researchers at the University of Madrid assert a high content of mineral elements, especially K, Mg, and Mn, in Mate. They considered those findings "to be of great relevance" to the nutritional value of Mate infusions.
I take a multi-vitamin with antioxidants, why would the nutrients in Yerba Mate be significant to me?
Studies have linked dietary levels of antioxidants, such as vitamins E or C, beta-carotene or lycopene, with a lower risk of cancer and heart disease. However, research has shown little if any risk reduction with pill supplements containing these antioxidants in isolated pure forms. Researchers believe the health benefits of antioxidants, in fact, may be due to their particular forms in foods, to other substances found in foods, and/or their interactive effects or synergy within the natural plant. In a nutshell, eating whole foods (fruits and vegetables) containing vitamins and antioxidants proves more beneficial than supplementing with pills.
1. Source: Recent advances on Ilex paraguariensis research: minireview. J Ethnopharmacol. 2011 Jul 14;136(3):378-84.
2. Source: Yerba Mate Tea (Ilex paraguariensis): A Comprehensive Review on Chemistry, Health Implications, and Technological Considerations. Journal of Food Science 2007 Nov;72(9):R138-51.
*Specifically in regard to the second source quote above, please note we are not making any claims that consuming our product is going to protect you from or cure you of disease (cancer). There is still a large gap between what these researches have shown in a lab and it actually being applied in humans.