The traditional tea of Southern South America, Mate© is brewed from the leaves and stem of the Ilex paraguariensis tree. Unlike other teas, the leaves and stem are exposed to flames (sapeco in Portuguese) immediately after harvesting. This is to quickly lessen the moisture but seal in the abundant vitamins (A, B, C, and E), minerals (magnesium, iron, calcium, riboflavin, niacin) and polyphenols. The leaves then undergo a second drying step but remain green due to the sapeco flame drying action.
Yerba Mate© contains caffeine (between 0.7-2%) but because the caffeine is part of a complex called Mateine it is noticeably different in its benefits to tea or coffee for those with busy lifestyles.
- Infuse 1 teabag in a cup of boiling water for 5-10 minutes. Sweeten with honey or sugar as desired. Drink 3 cups per day at least half an hour before meals.
- Pure shredded leaves of Yerba Mate© (Ilex paraguariensis). Teabag: Unbleached paper.
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