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Weight loss with yerba mate

2024-02-19
Weight loss with yerba mate

Yerba mate contains caffeine, so it can be a great substitute for coffee and unhealthy energy drinks. Regular sipping of holly infusions also has many other benefits. As scientific studies have shown, mate tea is ideal for people who want to lose weight. Does yerba mate slim down? This is the question we will look at in our blog post today.

Summary:

  1. Yerba mate for weight loss. The Guarani Indians already knew this
  2. Yerba mate and weight loss – how does it work?
  3. Which yerba mate to choose?
  4. Additives for yerba mate to support weight loss
  5. The best yerba mate for weight loss?
  6. Lose weight!

Yerba mate for weight loss. The Guarani Indians already knew this

Yerba mate for weight loss? That's right! It's not about any fancy miracle diet or one of the many supposed “revolutionary discoveries” we regularly come across on the internet. The natural properties of holly were known about as far back as the time of the Indians. The infusion not only stimulated, refreshed, increased concentration and gave strength to Indian warriors. When tearing freshly picked Ilex paraguariensis or drinking an infusion of dried leaves, the Guarani Indians did not feel hungry – they had a feeling of satiety. They therefore did not part with the plant during war expeditions and long hunts. Despite the fact that the warriors' clothing was very modest and they had no opportunity to take provisions with them, they always carried a bag with holly leaves hidden in it on their belt. This way, they were able to benefit from the plant at any time, even when they were on a long journey.

Yerba mate and weight loss – how does it work?

Nowadays, we know that the feeling of satiety that comes after drinking yerba mate is related to its effect on the receptors of the large intestine which inform us of hunger. It is therefore advisable to drink a portion of yerba mate before a meal so that hunger can be satisfied more quickly and less food can be consumed. In addition, yerba mate inhibits the activity of pancreatic lipase, which is responsible for breaking down fats. As a result, the body absorbs less fats and is able to excrete them more easily, thus limiting the accumulation of fat tissue. So it is worth drinking mate not only before meals, but also when eating fatty foods. The chlorogenic acid contained in the brew is another extremely important element. Inhibits the transformation of stem cells into fat cells. It also has a positive effect on the body's sugar metabolism. Increases the human body's sensitivity to insulin, which can contribute to the prevention of diabetes. So-called catechins are also an significant component of holly infusion. Thanks to them, we absorb fewer sugars. Polyphenols not only have an antioxidant effect, but also show the ability to reduce the storage of lipids – fats in the body. Caffeine, contained in yerba mate, not only stimulates. It has a very beneficial effect on the metabolism and the digestive process. Yerba mate is appreciated for its health-promoting properties and its content of a large dose of vitamins and minerals necessary for the functioning of the human body. B vitamins also support the metabolism, while saponins have an effect on the digestive system and the regulation of cholesterol levels.

Which yerba mate to choose?

In general, any yerba mate will support weight loss well. For obvious reasons, it is advisable to let go of mate with sweet additives. However, if you are particularly keen on flavoured blends, it is worth taking an interest in special compositions created with weight loss in mind. These are most often labelled “silueta”, which simply means “silhouette” in Spanish. Other labels, letting customers know that a particular variant of yerba mate is dedicated to those wishing to lose some weight, are: "regulase", "fitness" or "detox". What do these blends contain? First and foremost, herbal additives to aid digestion and bowel movements. A particularly valuable additive is boldo. The folk medicine of Argentina and Brazil has been well aware of the stomach-soothing properties of this plant for centuries. From the messages we receive from you, it seems that the Guarani Silueta is the most popular choice for weight loss. In addition to the aforementioned boldo, it also contains bitter orange peel. When choosing yerba mate for weight loss, you also wonder how many times to drink it – our answer: as many times as you need. Yerba mate contains a large dose of caffeine, so some moderation is necessary. It is not recommended to drink it late at night or just before going to bed. If one serving of yerba mate a day is enough for you, possibly poured several times, then there is no need to pour more portions of the dried product several times a day. In fact, it is not the quantity that is important, but the regularity. Drinking one serving of yerba mate regularly, every day, will bring more benefits than drinking more once in a while. Of course, it must be remembered that mate tea is not a slimming agent in itself – it is an addition to the arduous process of weight loss, which requires motivation and many sacrifices. Drinking yerba mate as a support to the weight loss process will bring great results.

Yerba mate with herbal additives for weight loss

Additives for yerba mate to support weight loss

There are plenty of different yerba mate compositions available on the market. You can also experiment and create a blend yourself with your favourite ingredients. Some yerba mate additives also have a slimming effect, greatly facilitating digestion or supporting the metabolism. They enhance the properties of the holly and ensure that drinking mate tea during weight loss actually has an effect. When introducing a weight loss diet and exercise into your daily routine to improve your figure, it is particularly important to take care of your digestive system. Which ingredients in yerba mate blends are worth paying special attention to?

  • Peppermint - a very familiar herb, present in almost every kitchen. It has a characteristic, refreshing aroma and taste that spreads pleasantly over the palate and into the oesophagus. An infusion of mint soothes a stomach ache and helps with indigestion. It aids digestion, increases gastric juice secretion and improves intestinal function. Yerba mate with the addition of mint often works well not only in the hot version, but also as a cold tereré form. According to studies, the cold version of yerba mate is even more effective in aiding weight loss.
  • Chamomile - a herb as popular as mint. It has a pleasant, mild fragrance and was used in natural medicine as early as the 1st century AD. Chamomile infusions were beneficial in digestive problems and during fevers. They were used as a remedy for menstrual pain. Chamomile relaxes the smooth muscles of the digestive tract, so it has a diastolic effect and relieves flatulence. It also has a soothing effect on the intestinal and gastric mucosa.
  • Cistus (rock rose) - is a common ingredient in yerba mate functional compositions, which are designed to cleanse the body and have a positive effect on the digestive system. In addition, cistus is one of the richest sources of polyphenols – natural antioxidants.
  • Fennel - its seeds have a marked effect on speeding up metabolism. Fennel helps remove excess water from the body, reduces appetite and supports the digestive system. It is one of the best and most effective herbs in the fight against excess weight.
  • Wild rose (rose hip) - the fruit of this plant is rich in vitamins and organic compounds that are valuable to the human body. In folk medicine, they were used especially for coughs and colds. The pectin contained in them has a beneficial effect on intestinal function.
  • Lemongrass - an aromatic and refreshing addition to yerba mate, with a lemony aftertaste and aroma. It improves digestion and aids cleansing of the body. Contains chlorogenic acid, which has a positive effect on the metabolism.
  • Boldo - a plant that originated in the mountainous areas of Peru and Chile. Today, it is one of the most popular herbs grown in gardens by the Brazilian people. The herb is often added to yerba mate. It is an aromatic spice, but also, above all, a very effective remedy whose action supports the digestive system. The herb was already used centuries ago by the Incas in natural medicine. It improved digestion and relieved pain. The boldo leaves contain boldin, an alkaloid that is responsible for stimulating the production of bile. It supports the function of the gall bladder and liver. The bioactive substances found in the leaves of the plant stimulate the secretion of saliva and juices necessary for digestion: gastric, intestinal and pancreatic.
  • Carqueja - a popular and highly valued herb in South America that originates from the heart of the Amazon. It has been used in traditional medicine for centuries. The properties of the plant have many uses, but are appreciated primarily for their effects on the digestive tract, liver and metabolism. Carqueja regulates the digestive system, protects the liver and relieves discomfort after meals.

The best yerba mate for weight loss?

Encouraged by the miraculous properties of yerba mate, you are wondering: which yerba mate for weight loss should you choose? Which yerba mate will be teh best for weight loss? For beginner mate drinkers, we recommend Verde Mate Green Silueta, a combination of fine green Brazilian yerba mate with herbal additives: mint, cistus, lemongrass and gunpowder tea. The process of cleansing the body of unnecessary toxins will also be supported by Verde Mate Green Detox – with the addition of gunpowder green tea, cistus, milk thistle seeds, nettle leaves, rose hips, peppermint and sage leaves. For slightly more initiated yerba mate lovers who appreciate its distinctive bitter taste, we recommend the aforementioned Paraguayan Guarani Silueta, complemented by the addition of boldo and aromatic orange peel. To supplement a slimming diet, it is also worth reaching for the delicious Argentine yerba CBSé Silueta, with the addition of peppermint, fucus, chamomile, lemon verbena and rose hip, complemented by a tasty natural apple flavour. For those undecided about which yerba mate to choose, we recommend the “weight loss kit”: Verde Mate Silueta, Regulase and Detox, Guarani Silueta and Yaguar Silueta.

Lose weight!

It is important to remember that there is no product that will automatically make you lose weight by magic. Does yerba mate lose weight? No. It has a very good effect on the body's functions, including the digestive system and metabolism, which makes it a great support for weight loss. Mate tea can be an all-natural, vitamin and mineral-rich addition to diet and exercise. Only by combining these elements you can achieve results. Forget dodgy pills and other strange specifics. Some of them may help you lose weight, but there is almost always a yo-yo effect. The unclear composition of such products can also lead to serious health problems. In the long term, natural methods are simply the best. A diet is not a short-term starvation, but the acquisition of specific eating habits. It is worth including drinking yerba mate. Believe, it will be a great ally on the road to health and a beautiful figure.


Source of information:

  1. C.I. Heck,E.G. De Mejia, Yerba Mate Tea (Ilex paraguariensis ): A Comprehensive Review on Chemistry, Health Implications, and Technological Considerations, J Food Sci, 2007.
  2. F. Martins, T.M. Noso, V.B. Porto, A. Curiel, A. Gambero, D.H.M. Bastos, M.L. Ribeiro, P. De O Carvalho, Maté Tea Inhibits In Vitro Pancreatic Lipase Activity and Has Hypolipidemic Effect on High-fat Diet-induced Obese Mice, Obesity, 2009.
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mate_(drink).

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