Yerba mate tea is derived from the leaves and stems of the yerba mate plant. The plant is native to South America, where the tea is a highly popular beverage.
Yerba mate tea is high in antioxidants and acts as a stimulant. Many people prefer it to coffee because it does not cause some of the side effects, such as jittery feelings. Health experts claim that yerba mate tea helps the body to process carbohydrates more effectively so consumers get more value from food. Regular consumption of yerba mate also aids in digestion, helps the body burn fat and moderately reduces appetite.