Is organic yerba mate tea another weight loss myth, or does this really work?
It can be confusing trying to sift through all the teas and drinks available for helping one lose weight.
No matter which tea it is, the ever popular green tea, tulsi tea or peppermint tea. All are recommended for helping one shed those unwanted pounds.
Every tea I googled, all of them it seems can help with weight loss.
Yerba mate is a tea made from dried stems and leaves from a tree grown in South America. Today it is still a very popular drink in that part of the world, and now it is enjoyed by many around the globe.
Its popularity stems from the fact organic yerba mate is great for weight loss.
If you have a sensible approach to food, don’t eat a lot of junk food. Drink lots of water and include something like yerba mate in your diet, then yes, of course, you will lose weight.
Will the weight loss be because of the yerba? Or, that you are just eating healthy?
So, why exactly is this tea considered the king or queen of weight loss compared to something like green tea?
I am always skeptical when it comes to a certain food or drink pushed as a miracle for losing body fat.
Organic Yerba Mate Tea And Coffee
Well, it seems that yerba has some very unique compounds compared to other herbal teas.
Yerba is very similar to coffee and often looked upon as a coffee alternative.
A cup of either has apparently an equal amount of caffeine.
Although this can be quite misleading as it depends on the amount of coffee and type of coffee, you are comparing a cup of organic yerba mate too.
Yerba caffeine works differently in the body and gives a person a sense of well-being at the same time it is supposed to soothe and stimulate.
Unlike drinking coffee, if you drink too much yerba, you don’t get that jittery feeling. And too much coffee can cause digestive problems, heartburn and acid reflux (1).
Over time, too many cups of coffee daily may cause your body to become highly acidic, as coffee is an acidic drink (2). This acidity can weaken the body.
Too much acidic food or drinks like coffee can also result in weight gain.
The good thing about yerba mate is the fact it is not acidic. It can help support a healthy PH level in the body.
Yerba is an alkaline drink and the more alkaline your body, the better you will be able to keep the weight off (3).
Yerba Mate Nutrients
Another appealing aspect of drinking organic yerba mate is a number of antioxidants it gives the body. Some websites claim it has more antioxidants than green tea?
I have read many articles online claiming yerba is the healthiest drink in the world, which I feel is a pretty big claim. I doubt there will ever be a drink or food worthy of such a title.
However, yerba does seem to be in the top position as not only the healthiest drink but also the best drink for losing body fat.
One study on the anti-obesity effects of Yerba Mate gave one group a yerba supplement. This was taken three times a day with meals and another group was given a placebo.
It works by apparently helping reduce your appetite.
From what I can gather the thing that makes organic yerba mate so special, it is an adaptogen.
This is a herb regarded as completely safe to take and non-toxic. Able to ease mental and physical stress and improve many other health problems (5).
Drinking this tea you get lots of vitamins, minerals, and amino acids and said to help with a whole slew of health problems. It makes a very high antioxidant drink.
However, I certainly wouldn’t put all my eggs in one basket and rely on a cup of tea to fix your problems or get rid of your fat.
Some of the health claims made are, increase endurance and energy, relieve constipation, reduce high blood pressure and high cholesterol, increase libido. Improve sleep, reduce fatigue, reduce feelings of depression and strengthen the immune system.
Organic Yerba Mate And Weight Loss
In order for this tea to work, you do need to have a healthy diet and perhaps some form of exercise.
How much you need to drink a day, I am not sure, so many websites claim various amounts. Here is a Scientific Review on the dosage and the amount you need (6).
I took the time to read through some health forums on weight loss and organic yerba mate. Many say it has worked wonders for them and others have experienced no change at all.
Again, it is something you need to try yourself and not rely on hearsay. Because at the end of the day, it may help you and it may not when it comes to losing weight.
There are, however, some concerns that when drunk in large amounts, a risk of increasing some forms of cancer (7).
I did buy some yerba for me to try, I thought I would replace my morning coffee with it. It is an acquired taste and over time it may be something you get used to or not. Suffice to say, I am not one of those people who persevered and quickly returned to my organic coffee.
Therefore, I can’t give you my opinion on whether or not it helped with weight loss. I doubt it would have made much of a difference anyway, considering I eat well, do lots of walking and already drink tea such as green tea to help keep my weight in check.
If this is something you feel may help you, great go ahead and give organic yerba mate ago.