Yerba mate (Ilex paraguariensis) is a subtropical native evergreen tree that grows up to a height of 32-35 feet. It commences as a shrub and then matures into an evergreen tree with serrated and caffeinated leaves and small greenish-white flowers.
Its leaves are of immense importance and have been used for centuries to make teas and beverages. It is heavily cultivated in Paraguay and certain parts of Argentina, Brazil, and Uruguay. Its popularity has made it the traditional tea of South America where its dried leaves and twigs are brewed and consumed from a gourd (a special container). The metal straw used to sip on it contains a filter to enjoy the drink without having to deal with plant material.
Yerba mate is a storehouse of several nutrients and health-promoting antioxidants. It reduces the risk of the onset of many diseases. It boosts mental health and gives you the strength you require to keep up with everyday tasks. Several clinical trials have shown that people consuming yerba mate tea have improved alertness and short recall time. It imparts anti-inflammatory, hypolipidemic (anti-cholesterol), antibacterial, antifungal, antiparasitic, antidiarrheal, and immunomodulatory effects. It also lowers blood glucose levels by enhancing insulin signals and protects against heart diseases.