Yerba mate is a South American drink made from crushed leaves of the Paraguayan tea tree. Although Yerba mate contains caffeine and is a stimulant of the nervous system, it is also rich in vitamins, polyphenols, amino acids and antioxidants.
There is a perception that excessive consumption of very hot maté may increase the risk of esophageal cancer (and other cancers), but it is connected with the traditions of some cultures, where this beverage is consumed heated to very high temperature and often than five times a day.
And now the good news: mate contains more cancer-fighting flavonoids than green or black tea and may help prevent the development of cancer (of course, if you drink it in moderation).
Scientists discovered that the level of catechin that has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and anticancer effect in brewed tea is quite high. In addition, the researchers came to the conclusion that "mate is a more potent antioxidant than vitamin C".
Mate has other useful properties:
Reduces the risk of developing diabetes
Although Yerba mate is traditionally brewed in a gourd, you can use a regular teapot. Fill it 3/4 full of dry Yerba mate, pour a small amount of cool filtered water and close the lid.
Add 8-10 glasses of water on request. Once your tea brew, put a tablespoon of honey in a Cup and add Yerba mate, then add a few leaves of peppermint and mix.
Cocoa, This drink is the same love as adults, and children. Hot cocoa is really useful, if is made from natural ingredients. Researchers from Cornell University found that cocoa contains nearly twice the antioxidants of red wine and three times than green tea.
Cocoa beans are the seeds of the fruit of the Chocolate tree, native to Central and South America. It grows in Nigeria, where it is known as the "food of the gods". This famous plant has a rich history that serves as a symbol of love and joy.
During the research it was found that increased amounts of antioxidants may protect people from cardiovascular disease, cancer, and arthritis.
Phytonutrients, which give this healing power of cocoa beans, known as flavonoids. The ability of catechins and epicatechins in strengthening our health have been studied fairly well. The flavonoids contained in cocoa, untouched absorbed into the bloodstream, allowing the body to extract from them the maximum benefit.
Flavonoids may also support healthy heart function. They improve circulation, lower blood pressure and reduce the plaque that can accumulate on artery walls.
The minerals contained in cocoa, can also contribute to maintaining the health of the cardiovascular system. In one study, it was discovered that eating 6.7 g of chocolate per day has a protective effect on the heart (we are talking about dark, not milk chocolate).
Cacao powder contains magnesium, sulfur, zinc, iron, copper, potassium, manganese and calcium, and vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B8 and E, a good source of protein and fiber.
Fats also support good health. They include oleic acid, monounsaturated fats (also contained in olive and coconut oils), saturated fats, necessary for proper functioning of the whole organism.
Tea from ginger and karisimbi since ancient times known for its many beneficial properties among which help with digestive disorders, reduce pain and fight disease causing microbes. Ginger is one of the best detoxifiers on the planet, having a wide range of anti-inflammatory properties. And the benefits of cinnamon is no less great than any other medicinal plant.
You can use the following recipe to prepare a tea from ginger and cinnamon.
½ Cup thinly sliced ginger
6 cups water
2 cinnamon sticks
2 tablespoons raw honey
Cinnamon and ginger, put in a saucepan and simmer for about 20 minutes. Then strain through a strainer and add honey to taste.
Usually used as a garnish, parsley is a rich source of essential oils and flavonoids. A unique blend of essential oils has established itself as an inhibitor of tumor and anti-carcinogen, and luteolin, one of the flavonoids found in parsley, is a powerful antioxidant. Moreover, parsley is a source of vitamins A, C, K and folic acid. This plant offers a range of beneficial health properties, including the maintenance of female reproductive function, promote digestion, acts as a diuretic, supports healthy heart function.
Try to make this a warming and soothing drink when you want something sweet and spicy:
¼ Cup fresh parsley leaves
½ Teaspoon cinnamon
½ Teaspoon prepared spicy mix of pumpkin pie
A pinch of nutmeg
1 Cup boiling water
Apple slices put in a mug, slightly mash it with a fork. Add the remaining dry ingredients, pour the boiling water. Let steep five minutes.
Not a very convenient option, but you can leave at the bottom of a mug Apple and parsley to keep the bright flavor.
Green chipolte this tea due to the high content of flavonoids – compounds of plant origin, which are antioxidants. Of the four types of tea, green is the best source of nutrients, including catechin. Catechin more effective in preventing oxidative cell damage than vitamins C and E, boosts immunity and fights cancer.
Studies give green tea has the following health properties:
Accelerate weight loss
Lowering blood pressure
Reducing the risk of developing cancer
Protection from impaired cognitive function
Prevention of diabetes type 2
Reducing the risk of bone fractures
Prevention of liver diseases
Prevention of atherosclerosis
In addition, green tea boosts the number of regulatory T-lymphocytes in the body, which are necessary for the optimal functioning of the immune system.
What you should pay attention:
Choose a safe tea: always buy organic tea or you risk to purchase the product, treated with pesticides.
Water: tea, always use fresh, filtered water. The better the taste of the water, the tastier will be your Cup of tea.
Brewing time: the most delicious tea is obtained after two to four minutes of brewing. During this time the water temperature has time to decrease to the optimum, the maximum opening of the taste and aroma of the drink. If the tea will cool down too long, the flavor will disappear.
The maximum benefits of antioxidants: you can just pour water over tea bag and allow to infuse, but if you want to get five times more antioxidants, then simply swing the bag up and down several times.
Although it requires some effort, it's worth it, especially if you want to get the maximum benefit from the tea. If the bag has no label, use a spoon.