Does Yerba Mate have side effects?
Absolutely! Like all plants and medicinal herbs, Yerba Mate contains chemical compounds that nature makes all on its own. Of course, these chemicals affect the body, but that's the point!
They're usually very good side-effects like increased energy, higher metabolism, decreased belly fat, less inflammation, improved focus, and mental clarity, to name a few.
Loaded with antioxidants, Yerba Mate contains chlorophyll and other phytonutrients. As such, it is a detoxifier as well as a nutritive. Occasionally, depending on how toxic a person is when they drink Yerba Mate for the first time, they can experience detoxification symptoms. These symptoms may feel like adverse side effects, but they are merely the body cleansing itself and can include headaches, diarrhea, irritability, skin rashes, food cravings, and nausea.
These so-called side-effects can be excellent signs that the body is eliminating stored toxins and can be a beautiful thing in terms of the individual's overall, long-term health.
In the end, every person is different, so we must decide for ourselves what is good for us. Yerba Mate has a long tradition of healing. It has been revered for centuries by the Guarani tribes of South America as a carrier for herbal medicines and daily consumption for sustained health and vitality. They have given it the title "Drink of the Gods" due to it's powerful properties.
The number of yerba mate devotees is increasing worldwide because this rainforest jewel is probably the most powerful drink on the planet.
My advice is to switch out your morning cup of coffee for a cup or two of Yerba Mate and see how you feel. Tune in to your body and see what it tells you.