Yerba Mate Review

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Yerba Mate is a drink native to South America, considered similar to green tea in both composition and taste. Although it is not a typical tea, it is called a tea for its similarities to other drinks, and due to the fact that it also contains nutrients and chemicals associated with very few side effects. It is common to find Yerba Mate drinks and decaffeinated beverages in South American countries such as Chile and Brazil, where the drink has been consumed for centuries, but it has also recently been introduced to U.S. markets as a miracle diet drink, claiming to burn off those stubborn pounds simply through daily consumption. While these miraculous benefits are still under debate, its energizing and cancer-fighting benefits are also being explored and documented heavily by ongoing studies.

Today consumers don’t have to use a special concoction to make this drink. Yerba Mate is typically sold in tea bags for very cheap, and can be found in any grocery or retail store for under $10.00 per package. Authentic Yerba Mate and commercialized Yerba Mate do not differ in composition either, so chances are consumers are getting the real deal here. It makes a tasty afternoon beverage, but for those seeking a miracle diet tea drink, it may fall short here — but the possible general health benefits are certainly encouraging.


Yerba Mate is abundant in xanthines, including caffeine and theobromine. It also includes potassium and magnesium.

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Advocates of Yerba Mate diet drinks and supplements claim it contains thermogenic properties which help shed extra pounds with daily consumption, but few studies prove these claims, and the drink’s thermogenic properties may be only contained through the abundance of caffeine alkaloids. Most claim its thermogenic abilities are utilized through the power of caffeine and caffeine-related substances, promoting appetite suppression while speeding up the metabolism for a full thermogenic effect. However, no studies reveal that caffeine contains these properties, although there is some evidence it may help as a short term energy aid. Oddly enough, Yerba Mate’s stimulant effect is reported to have fewer side effects compared to traditional caffeinated substances, and consumers report little instances of jitterness or insomnia. For consumers sensitive to caffeine’s adverse side effects, this is positive news. Unfortunately, the documented effects of Yerba Mate end here — no studies prove it is a thermogenic stimulator.

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  • Its caffeine properties are reported to contain fewer side effects than coffee.
  • Though there are few clinical studies, Yerba Mate’s popularity as a folk remedy throughout South America is undeniable.


  • Although it is claimed to have thermogenic properties, no studies prove this is legitimate.
  • The taste may turn off some consumers — it is reported to have a similar, albeit more bitter taste comparable to green tea.
  • It may not contain enough positive properties for a full dietary supplement.


Yerba Mate may be South America’s favorite drink, but there are few documented effects available for dieters, aside from its stimulating caffeine-like properties. Some teas may contain thermogenic properties but Yerba Mate may be one of the less effective teas. However, there is no harm in incorporating Yerba Mate into your daily routine, especially if you enjoy the taste. Dieters could make a point of drinking a cup of Yerba Mate along with a proven herbal diet supplement to really help the body burn fat fast.

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