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Want to find a way to rev up your metabolism to speed fat loss? Try subbing your morning coffee a few times a week with Yerba Mate.
Yerba Mate is a beverage similar to a tea that is made from the leaves and twigs of a shrub that is native to Central and South America. Originally used as a stimulant beverage by the Guaraní, an indigenous culture of Argentina, Yerba Mate has recently become a coffee and tea alternative that is popular around the world.
According to a study published in Lab Animal Research, scientists have discovered the Yerba Mate can help speed up metabolism, prevent fat accumulation, and reduce markers of heart disease risk.
Scientists induced obesity in mice with a high calorie diet, then gave them Yerba Mate extract for 4 weeks. After 4 weeks, the mice were checked for biomarkers like blood serum cholesterol, serum triglycerides, and glucose concentrations. They also took fat tissue samples for examination.
The results were substantial. Researchers found that after the 4 weeks of Yerba Mate extract supplementation, the mice desired less food but had a higher energy expenditure. The same mice also had improved glucose tolerance thanks to the high polyphenol content of Yerba Mate.
Yerba Mate also contains high levels of a class of compounds like saponins, which scientists attribute to the steep drop in cholesterol experienced by the mice who were fed Yerba Mate.
Although Yerba Mate’s grassy, earthy taste is certainly a big change from your morning skinny vanilla latte, try substituting a Yerba Mate drink in the morning just one day a week at first. The plant’s ability to activate your central nervous system to keep you alert coupled with the health benefits of the drink are totally worth it.
Have you ever tried Yerba Mate? What do you think about it?
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