Mate is a healthy drink, with polyphenols that act as antioxidants. An infusion of mate contains antioxidants that are more powerful than ascorbic acid (vitamin C). In terms of strong antioxidants, mate has properties similar to those of red wine, inhibiting oxidation of low density lipoproteins.
- The antioxidants in mate help arrest cell aging. By boosting your natural defenses, they prevent common attacks against cells, which can weaken the body.
- Antioxidants help prevent the growth of cancer cells. Since they arrest cell aging, they also help prevent certain types of cancer.
- Antioxidants help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. They also help prevent coronary disease and strokes because they combat arteriosclerosis.
A mate infusion contains xanthines, making it a natural source of physical and mental energy. Xanthines are compounds such as caffeine and theobromine, which stimulate the central nervous system, aiding and increasing control of mental and physical exertion. So mate is ideal for athletes or anyone engaging in physical or mental activities.
A Source of Vitamins
Mate contains B vitamins, which help the body release and maximize use of energy contained in foods. They also aid muscular functions and help maintain healthy skin and hair.
A Source of Minerals
Mate contains potassium, essential for a healthy heart. It also contains magnesium, which helps synthesize proteins to make you strong and healthy.
Helps Lower Cholesterol
The saponins present in mate help reduce low density lipoproteins (LDLs) in the blood. Saponins interact with cholesterol and bilious acids to create mixed micelles, which aid in the elimination of cholesterol by preventing it from being absorbed in the gastrointestinal tract.