La Merced - Yerba Mate Loose Leaf 100% Organic Original - 8.82 oz. (250 g)
La Merced 100% Organic Original Loose Leaf Yerba Mate provides energy the natural way! The yerbier yerba maté! Great to brew in a coffee press, teapot or in an expresso machine. Loose leaves are used for preparing maté the traditional South American way –with a gourd and bombilla . Two sips and you´re in South America! 250 g of loose mate per box.
Yerba Mate has been widely studied in scientific literature. Among the well founded health-related claims that can be made about Yerba Mate:
- Caffeine Content: Mate has gram for gram less caffeine than coffee or tea.
- Antioxidants: Mate has even more polyphenols than Green Tea. In a study at the Pasteur Institute, Mate proved to be more potent in antioxidants than Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) and butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) in inhibiting low density lipoprotein (LDL) oxidation.
- Minerals, Vitamins and Aminoacids: Unlike tea or coffee, mate is full of these elements that provide nutrition to the body.
- Cholesterol-lowering Properties: mate has been shown to lower the rate of absorption of cholesterol in the gastrointestinal tract.
What is Yerba Mate?
Also known as "South America's green tea," yerba mate is a unique, delicious and nutritious tea made from the leaves of Ilex Paraguariensis, a plant that grows only in sub-tropical South America. Yerba mate was widely used by the indigenous Guarani people for hundreds of years before the Spanish came to South America in the 1500s. The early colonists eagerly adopted Yerba Mate into their daily diet as an invigorating beverage and its use spread far and wide throughout the Continent. Today millions of South Americans drink mate on a daily basis to ensure health and vitality. Mate boosts energy, fights fatigue and balances the body in all its functions.
More About Yerba Mate
From time immemorial, the native people of the forests of South America have used the leaves of the yerba mate bush to make a beverage with superlative healing and energizing powers. Yerba Mate's beneficial qualities were recognized early on by the first European settlers as a way to survive in the jungle. Ever since, its use has spread far and wide because of the energy and nutrition it provides.
La Merced Yerba Mate comes from a family-owned hacienda in northeast Argentina that has been producing Yerba Mate since the 1920s. Their Mate bushes are grown in deep red soil using organic farming techniques, which means soil conservation, zero use of pesticides and herbicides and careful attention to every detail. The final product is the finest quality yerba mate, with a smooth, unsmoked, friendly flavor.
La Merced's Company
Las Marias is their company and it is widely recognized as one of the most socially advanced enterprises in South America. Their employees not only earn the best wages, but receive other benefits like free schooling, free medical care, subsidized housing and recreation facilities.
La Merced's enterprise is also actively involved in environmental issues, funding conservation programs for wildlife and native forests in northeastern Argentina.
La Merced's products have received full organic certification through Organizacion Internacional Agropecuaria (OIA).