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Drinking Yerba Mate for Fat Burning

Jun 25, 2010

Yerba mate has shown up in a lot of different supplements lately. If you’ve ever wondered where it comes from, how it helps you burn and lose weight, and what the risk associated with it are, then this short article can help you sort it all out.

Yerba Mate Tea

Yerba mate tea is brewed using the leaves of yerba mate shrubs that can only be found in the South American countries of Argentina, Chile, Peru, Brazil, Uruguay and Paraguay.

How Yerba Mate Helps You Burn Fat

Yerba mate is a stimulant with an ingredient known as mateine, which is similar to caffeine, without some of the known side effects. The mateine in yerba mate can help increase your metabolism and increase your energy, thereby burning fat in the process.

Yerba mate also has a relaxing effect that can calm your emotions and make you less prone to fall into overeating while stressed—a condition known as stress eating. This effect of yerba mate has also been known to stop cravings you may have for unhealthy foods. In addition, yerba mate has been found to slow down the rate of gastric emptying. This leads to dieters feeling fuller longer and less likely to overeat. It's easier to burn fat when you're not burning off all the excess food you're eating.

Yerba mate's weight loss properties were discovered during a study in which dieters consumed yerba mate along with guarana and damiana. It is unknown at this time whether the weight loss properties are from yerba mate, the other herbs in the study or the combination of all three. Yerba mate has also been known to delay the onset of lactic acid in your muscles—a condition that many exercisers know as "the burn." A delaying of "the burn" allows you to work out for longer than usual, thereby also increasing your ability to burn more fat.

Other Benefits of Yerba Mate

  • A study on small mammals suggests that yerba mate can lower cholesterol levels and blood sugar level.
  • Yerba mate can help the body to produce more bile and soften your stool, allowing your body's digestive system to operate more smoothly.
  • Even though yerba mate is a stimulant, it can help you sleep sounder. Sleep is a critical component of a healthy life.
  • Unlike other stimulants which can cause undue stress on your heart, yerba mate can actually be helpful to your heart by increasing supply of oxygen to the heart.
  • It can also relax your blood vessels, increasing circulation and lowering blood pressure.
  • Yerba mate is also believed to reduce inflammation of the lungs.

The Risks of Yerba Mate

It is important to always discuss the risks when discussing any nutritional supplement. While no studies have proved it conclusively, yerba mate is suspected by some to be a cause of esophagus, oropharynx, larynx, kidney and bladder cancers.

Yerba mate contains a lot of properties that can help you burn fat and lose weight. However, until it is proved conclusively that it is safe for human use, it is important to limit use of this substance. Talk to your doctor if you have any questions about yerba mate and its effect on you.

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