The one named as Yerba mate it is a tree native to the subtropical forest of South America, which usually grows mainly in the basins of the Paraná, Paraguay and Uruguay rivers.
It belongs to the family of aquifoliáceas , and the primitive inhabitants of these zones (the guaranies), used the leaves of the yerba mate due to their very important food properties , medicinal Y healing .
And, precisely because of this issue, it is still very consumed in some South American countries, especially for its properties Y Benefits .
Benefits and properties of Yerba mate
In the active principles of this plant, we can find the leaves, which give nutritional, nutritional and therapeutic properties that do not depend solely and exclusively on an active principle, but on the whole yerba mate itself.
Among other issues, it can be said that Yerba mate contains polyphenols that act as antioxidants , and it has even been revealed as a much more powerful antioxidant than vitamin C .
This is why Yerba mate helps stop the aging of the eye and prevent the growth of cancer cells, and inhibits the oxidation of low intensity liporoteins.
It can be used as a tonic being very stimulating and even as a natural anti-fatigue and energizing remedy, as a preventive of dental caries, or as a coadjuvant treatment to combat overweight and obesity .
In addition, the saponins that we find in the Yerba mate infusion help to reduce the rate of high cholesterol , reducing as we have indicated the amount of low density lipoproteins in the blood.