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MATE
Ilex paraguayiensis

PROPERTIES/ACTIONS:
Tonic, Stimulant, Diuretic, Immunomodulator, Alterative

COMMON NAMES:
Yerba Mate, Paraguay tea, Jesuit tea

PHYTOCHEMICALS Include:
Caffeine, Potassium, Magnesium, Iron, Chlorogenic-acid, Chlorophyll, Choline, Fiber, Inositol, Nicotinic-acid, Pantothenic-acid, Protein, Pyridoxine, Resin, Riboflavin, Rutin, Tannin, Theobromine, Trigonelline, Vanillin, Vitamin C, B1, B2, Niacin

Mate was introduced to the United States in the 1970's as a caffeine-free coffee substitute. That claim was erroneous, as Mate does contain caffeine although in lesser amounts, approximately 50mg per 6 ounce cup verses 100-150 mg per cup of brewed coffee. It also contains Vitamin C and several B Vitamins.

The Guaraní word for yerba maté is "caá" which means "true herb" or "herb for excellence". Mate is a general tonic, invigorating to the body and mentally stimulating. It produces a natural energy, but doesn't interfere with sleep.

The powerful diuretic action of Mate can help relieve the fluid retention associated with PMS. This multi-faceted herb promotes balanced immune function, cleanses the blood, tones the nervous system, controls the appetite and is believed to to stimulate the power of other healing herbs.

HERBAL DEFINITION:
Alterative:
Herbs which produce a healthful change in the body without perception.

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DISCLAIMER: This information is provided for educational purposes only. It is not intended to be used to diagnose, prescribe or replace the advice of a qualified physician.