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Yerba Maté (Ilex paraguariensis) 100 grs View larger

Yerba Maté (Ilex paraguariensis) 100 grs

Ilex paraguariensis, yerba mate, yerba de los Jesuitas, or yerba del Paraguay (in guaraní: ka'a), is a neo-tropical arboreal species native to the basins of Alto Paranà, Alto Uruguay and some tributaries of the Paraguay River where it grows in wild state, especially forming part of the understory or the medium stratum of the mountains.

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    From the leaves and branches, dried and ground from this aquifolia, mate is prepared, a common infusion in the cuisine of Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Paraguay, Uruguay and in rural areas of Chile. The name mate is the name given to the "gourd" that traditionally serves as a recipient of the infusion.
    Known as tea of ​​the Jesuits or Paraguayan tea. The yerba was consumed from time immemorial by the guaranìes and guaycurùes peoples.
    Scientists study the properties of Yerba mate to reduce fat, especially the so-called bad cholesterol.
    Extensive and rigorous scientific research indicates that Yerba mate is a very good antioxidant, diuretic and natural laxative. It also has a powerful stimulating activity as a tonic and is even preventive of tooth decay.
    Another of the organic actions of its active ingredients are very appropriate to combat overweight and obesity.
    The infusion of yerba mate is a natural source of energy that stimulates intellectual and physical effort. Xanthines (caffeine, theobromine) are compounds that stimulate the Central Nervous System. This stimulation is translated into excitement, dominating and regulating the intellectual and muscular effort.

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