Our popular Daytox tea contains a special herb called Yerba mate (pronounced yer-bah mah-tay) that’s grown in South America and it’s particularly special thanks to its energising properties. Not only do the Argentines and Uruguayans love the stuff, it’s reportedly popular with Gwyneth Paltrow, who is said to enjoy a Yerba mate-based tonic every now and then! Here’s what you need to know.
What is it?
The herb comes from an evergreen tree from the holly family – the dried leaves we use in our Fruiteatox comes from Brazil.
So, what’s the deal with Yerba mate?
Research points to the fact that it yields a higher antioxidant boost than the more commonly drunk green tea as it’s packed with polyphenols (the group of antioxidant that are linked to a reduced risk of many diseases).
It’ll also give your immune system a helping hand due to the saponins it contains – these are the compounds that have amazing antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
It contains three energising and feel-good compounds of caffeine, theobromine and theophylline, that means you can get the equivalent stimulating effects of caffeine without drinking coffee.
Thanks to the moderate amount of caffeine, drinkers love the natural boost Yerba mate gives, and this is great for energy levels as well as mentally, keeping you focussed and enhancing your mood and alertness.
Associated with weight loss
There’s also evidence that goes to show that Yerba mate can help reduce appetite and boost metabolism which could in turn aid with weight loss.
Good for our guts
Known for its ability to help protect against infections from parasites and bacteria, Yerba mate acts as a natural antibacterial against E.coli, a bacteria that causes food poisoning.
We think you’ll agree – this is an amazing ingredient. They say it offers the ‘the strength of coffee, the health benefits of tea and the euphoria of chocolate’ and we say it’s an excellent choice for our Daytox which we’ve designed to give you a great boost any time of day.