We are proud to present one of the South American caffeinated botanicals offered in our portfolio: yerba mate. Yerba Mate is solely sourced from traceable supply chains and organic-certified (USDA NOP). Yerba Mate or Mate (Ilex paraguariensis) is part of the cultural identity of Southern Latin American countries like Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay. It is the most important species of the family of caffeinated holly trees. Yerba mate was first used as an herbal beverage by Guarani Indians in Brazil and Paraguay some hundreds of years ago and has always been recognized for its stimulant and therapeutic effects. The infusion is enjoyed for its taste and valued for its healthy and energetic effects.
The nutritional profile of Yerba Mate consists of polyphenols, potent antioxidants and xanthines (caffeine, theobromine and theophylline) responsible for the stimulant effects. Saponins are believed to have anti-inflammatory properties and stimulate the immune system.
Our aqueous yerba mate extracts are organic-certified. The extracts of green or roasted leaves are convenient for different applications and they deliver potent health benefits to your final products. Highly soluble, the yerba mate dry extracts are recommended not only for beverage applications, but also for food products.