Maté (pronounced "mah-tay") is a tea-like
beverage and cultural drink of ancient origins and has
been used in South America, Asia and the Middle East
as a flavoring, daily tonic and vitamin source for centuries.
to the world by the Guarani Indians of South America,
Yerba Mate contains ingredients that help keep its drinkers
healthy and energetic. More than just a drink, Yerba
Maté long been a cultural phenomenon throughout
South America. In traditional Yerba Mate use, the drink
is often shared among close friends and family. Those
who share the Mate join in a kind of bond where the
sharing of the health of the Yerba Mateis a sign of
total acceptance and friendship.
missionaries first cultivated the Yerba Mate plant that
grows wild in Paraguay and southern Brazil. In the 17th
century, the Jesuits started to cultivate yerba mate
near their missions because they were convinced of its
benefits - not only was yerba mate good for your health,
but it could also be used as an innocent substitute
for alcoholic drinks.
Nicolas Del Techno wrote in the 17th century: "There
are many virtues in this yerba. It keeps you up but
makes you fall asleep; it calms hunger but yet it stimulates
it and it helps digestion. It gives you strength, it
provokes happiness and cures sickness
are used to drinking yerba mate can't live without it."
Mate, ilex paraguariensis, is known as a natural
energizer devoid of side effects and toxicity. An invigorator
of the mind and body, a natural source of nutrition,
and a health promoter par excellence, Yerba Mate deserves
the attention of every person interested in optimum
health and energy. The effects of Yerba Mate induce
a type of mental clarity and expansion of thought processing
capabilities. A feeling of enhanced memory and accelerated
intellect is often experienced This state is especially
suiting to periods of intense study, calculations, and
cerebral activity requiring endurance to maintain continuous
attention and precision focusing.
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