Mate or Yerba Mate tea is the national drink of Paraguay and Brazil. The leaves are used in herbal medicine.
What it does
The leaves contain caffeine, which is a stimulant to the brain and nervous system. It is also a general tonic, anti-rheumatic, mildly anti-spasmodic, diuretic and helps the body excrete uric acid.
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The leaves can be infused to make a herb tea which can be drunk up to 3 times daily. Mate is often used in weight loss products as it helps boost energy and encourage fat burning.
Do not use in pregnancy or when breastfeeding.
If you are sensitive to caffeine you should avoid this herb.
If you have breast cysts you should avoid this herb.
At the time of writing there were no well known negative drug interactions with Mate.