Mate tea is quickly becoming the item to have in your good health arsenal. It is a simple way to drink your vitamins without any of the superfluous stuff most health or energy drinks have added to them. The health benefits of mate tea range from allergy management to weight loss. Although other countries have been benefiting from the effects of mate tea for years, America is quickly learning to love mate tea also.
Mate tea is being favorably compared to green tea and most people believe the use of mate tea will meet or even exceed that of green tea. Mate tea has five times the antioxidant properties that green tea does. Many people have used mate tea to self treat everything from bad breath to upset stomachs. Mate tea drinkers even claim that it helps them think more clearly. There is even some tentative research that indicates mate tea may be useful in treating disorders ranging from depression to Parkinson's disease and can even help treat withdrawal symptoms.
Vitamins and Minerals
Each infusion of mate tea contains the vitamins A, B1, B2, Niacin (B3), B5, B Complex C and E. The minerals Calcium, Zinc, Manganese, Iron, Selenium, Potassium, Magnesium and Phosphorous are also present in mate tea. With vitamins A to Z present in mate tea, some people refer to it as a multi-vitamin in a cup. Doctors recommend that it is better for people to get their vitamins from food and drinks instead of relying on vitamin pills and supplements.
Mate tea stimulates the central nervous system and has been shown to help people break down carbohydrates while they are doing aerobic exercise. This helps people burn more calories for a longer period of time. Doctors in Europe have been using mate tea to help their patients lose weight for years. Increased metabolism can also help avert fatigue which makes mate tea an attractive option to coffee when people need an energy boost.
Mate tea has been shown to help relieve the misery of allergies by making the adrenal glands produce more corticosteroids. This helps control the inflammation and immune system response to allergic stimuli. This benefit goes beyond the simple "hot liquids" help that everyone with allergies knows so well.
As with any good thing you can overdo it. Studies have shown that people who drink a liter or more of mate tea a day have increased risk of cancers of the mouth, lungs and digestive system. Proponents of mate tea point use the analogy of mate tea to the sun. Since over exposure to the sun can cause skin cancer, health problems can result if people do not get enough sun.
European and South American countries have known about the benefits of mate tea and have used it for decades. Health conscious Americans have a lot of catching up to do but are becoming acquainted with mate tea and are liking what they learn about it. The future looks bright for mate tea consumption in America.