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Fresh Look into the Pharmacological and Social Benefits of Yerba Mate

Jun 05, 2012

Yerba mate tea in yellow metal gourd

Some of the Main Health Benefits of Yerba Mate

  • Lowers High Blood Pressure
  • Relaxes and Soothes Nervous System
  • Decreases Bad Cholesterol
  • Anti-Inflammatory
  • Anti-mutagenic
  • Antioxidant properties
  • Improves Immune System
  • Combats Colon Cancer

Social and Metaphysical Benefits of Yerba Mate

  • Friendship Conductor
  • Relieves Stress
  • Improves Brain Functioning
  • Induces “Creative Clarity”
  • Makes you Want to Share and be Open with Others
  • Good for Bonding
  • Calming Effects
  • Raises Your Vibrations
  • Helps Induce Peaceful Sleeping

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Scientific Sources:

  • Mejia, de Evlira Gonzalez. “Dicaffeoylquinic acids in Yerba mate (Ilex paraguariensis St. Hilaire) inhibit NF-κB nucleus translocation in macrophages and induce apoptosis by activating caspases-8 and -3 in human colon cancer cells.” Molecular Nutrition & Food Research 55, no. 10 (2011): 1509-1522.
  • Unknown Author, “Another benefit of yerba mate: discover that prevents the loss of red blood cells,” Clarín, May 16, 2012, globulos-rojos_0_701329958.html (accessed May 16, 2012). [Original text in Spanish, translated by David Askaripour]
  • Bracesco, N, “Recent Advances on Ilex paraguariensis research: minireview,” Journal of Ethnopharmacology 136, no. 3 (2011): 378-84


  1. Josh

    I’m going to have to agree with you 100% on the metaphysical implications of drinking mate. I do wonder though, if it might create some sort of dependence. I’ve noticed I’m usually in a better mood when I drink mate, but when I don’t I’m more irritable, so I’ve taken breaks from mate and I’m never quite as satisfied with my experiences and I always come back to it, I am not saying it’s a bad thing.. because it is a beneficial herb, but I don’t like to have to be reliant on it. Which I think is the point at which I am right now in life.

    • Dave Mate

      Hey Josh. Well, to some degree any substance may have some “addictive” qualities. However, the personality of the drinker trumps such qualities. Some people simply don’t get addicted to anything. I think if one is to be addicted to mate, it would be like the “addiction” that one has to drinking fresh water every day or eating some healthy cereal with fruits each day…as opposed to some sort of harsh addiction to a narcotic. With all things, you have to listen to your own mind, body, and heart… for me, daily drinking of mate is safe and fine…just as was (is) the daily drinking of the tea for the Chinese and Japanese. A Japanese tea master wouldn’t think twice about not drinking tea.

  2. Josh

    Hi Dave, I absolutely agree, I suppose I’ve over thought the premise. I am a big tea drinker in general as well. Although my yerba mate consumption trumps that of all other teas be it from Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Indian, or African origins, as well as any other miscellaneous herbal tea I might consume. I suppose I am just trying to come to terms with the effect caffeine has on my system, something I think I need to do some more research into.

    • Christopher

      I’d like to comment on the so called “addictive” qualities of yerba mate.

      It is my thought that the truly raw kinds of yerba mate are not as addictve due to the enzymes, non-acidity and unaltered nutrients. Therefore it digests better, the energy is cleaner and it wouldn’t have a downer. I think the downer is important to understand. I feel a downer about a day after drinking yerba mate. It feels like the xanthines/caffeine consumed and in the body has gotten “stale” and oxidized. It’s kind of hard to explain. But of course, yes, this makes me feel tired. I guess, similar to if you’ve smoked some good MJ and felt the high but when the high is pretty much gone there’s still a lingering high but it’s more like a tired feeling. I’m not sure that it’s because of depletion but rather, the chemical oxidation of the chemicals in the MJ, or the yerba mate.

      So the body has to process that “waste material” of the yerba mate, which Is psychoactive. Other than that, all caffeine can and does have a tendency when consumed in excess to block out adenosine receptors which are an inhibitor device in the body that is responsible for relaxation response. Read up on the harmful effects of caffeine. All caffeine does this, does not matter if it’s yerba mate , or raw yerba mate. It can also affect choline and other neurochemicals, as in depletes choline, noradrenaline and of course adrenaline. It affects cortisol levels as well, the body will have a hard time producing enough cortisol after having consumed a lot of caffeine drinks. All this makes it harder to adapt to stress afterwards, and in addition to having to deal with the oxidizing chemicals in the mate giving you a stale, blah feeling afterwards. If you don’t do it in excess though you might not notice.

      I just know that raw yerba mate has less of these effects due to better digestibility. Only brand I know that sells truly raw yerba mate is the product Chimaterere.



    • Christopher

      Also, it has much more xanthines than caffeine. It also has theobromine, and theophylline. This can of course have it’s own effects, addictive or destructive when consumed in excess and it’s own aftereffects perhaps similar to caffeine.

      I love yerba mate but I think one should be careful as I’ve experienced adrenal burnout and “addiction” to yerba mate. Sure some of it may be personality but I don’t think it was the only factor at all.



  3. Serena

    Frienship Conductor ~~~
    Most certainly! After my sister returned from South America, she introduced my whole family to this friendship drink. Her and my relationship soon changed drastically after drinking together! We both began to connect and hear the other person. This is such an amazing tool to use when sitting down to discuss something with someone…it creates openness and a willingness to hear the other! The family that drinks MaTe together, stays together:)) Also, I find when I share Mate with someone, I will most likely meet them again in the path in life….
    ” Share bowl, Share soul” ~ SeRena

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