Natives in South America have consumed Yerba Mate, Ilex Paraguaiensis, for centuries. Originally, it was consumed because of its medicinal properties as well the traditional ceremony of sharing as the legend of the Yerba Mate teaches. Yerba Mate was first documented by a Swiss Botanist names Moises Bertoni who lived in Paraguay in the late 1800s.

Rich in vitamins and antioxidants, it is difficult to find another plant alike in the world. Yerba Mate contains Vitamins A,B,C and E and Minerals such as Calcium, Manganese, Iron, Potassium and Magnesium.
The Mate trees grow in the rainforests of South America, specifically in countries such as Paraguay, Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay. It is a great alternative to coffee and tea since many studies suggest that it helps to reduce certain health disorders.

Some of the Health Benefits include the ability to enhance the concentration, the physical endurance and it helps with digestion. Yerba Mate is a natural brain booster, the ingredients help focus and improve attention. Professional athletes in South America consume it on a daily basis, most notoriously soccer players, as a form natural source of energy for hydration and by using carbohydrates more efficiently. Yerba Mate can also be used as a way of treatment for digestive ailments. One of the unique components of Yerba Mate is xanthines, helps with muscle relaxation as a way to combat digestive problems.

Studies show that Yerba Mate helps with weight loss. By increasing fat oxidation and adding low calories it helps with metabolism, it also stimulates the sensation of feeling satiated which pair it with a healthy diet and regular exercise promotes a healthy lifestyle.

Sources:
https://www.organicfacts.net/yerba-mate.html
https://bebrainfit.com/yerba-mate-benefits/
http://www.fitday.com/fitness-articles/nutrition/healthy-eating/6-health-benefits-of-yerba-mate-tea.html
https://authoritynutrition.com/8-benefits-of-yerba-mate/