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Read on, this sounds like one awesome herbal plant that comes in capsules or in tea. :-) I am really impressed with the info I've found out on Yerba Mate. Sorry, you all will have to do a search (google) because I cannot post the link:

Yerba Mate Extract ( Standardized ), 500 mg - 90 Caps

Yerba Mate extract has a stimulating effect on metabolism, without the jitters of caffeine.
Yerba Mate ® has the power to:

Shrink your appetite
Tame your cravings
Keep your body trim
Prompt your body into a weight loss regime
Boost your metabolism
Boost your ability to burn calories
Melt flab
Soothes moodiness
Curbs emotional eating
Act as a Gental Colon Cleanse

Yerba Mate has a "Thermogenic Effect" which essentially triggers the body to burn excess calories that would otherwise end up in fat cells. The Yerba Mate works it's magic by triggering the "Thermogenic Effect" that tells your body to turn excess calories into heat that rises off of your skin and dissapears. By causing more colories to be burned then usual the "Thermogenic Effect" makes it easy to burn more calories then we consume which Forces Stored Fat To Be Burned. Yerba Mate also helps curb hunger by meeting as surprising number of the body's nutritional requirements. It is filled with naturally occurring vitamins and minerals including carotene, A, C, E, and B complex; magnesium, calcium, iron and chlorophyll, to name a few. Yerba Mate has no calories.
What if excercise was suddenly something you wanted to do? When you start drinking Yerba Mate tea you may be surprised to find that you are wanting to work out.

Yerba Mate contains a chemical compound called Mateine, which is thought by many authorities to be identical to caffeine with one exception, it doesn't cause jitters. Like caffeine, it has a stimulating effect on metabolism. A faster metabolism not only means you burn more calories, it means you turn more calories into energy. As it stimulates the metabolism into turning more calories to energy, it simultaneously soothes the nervous system. You feel less nervous and anxious, and you're better able to resist physical and mental fatigue. Athletes drink it to improve physical endurance and performance; students and executives drink it to improve concentration and alertness; families drink it to improve their overall health and to protect against stress.

- Yerba Mate ® Promotes Energy and wellbeing.
- Yerba Mate improves mental clarity and vitality.
- An excellent appetite suppressor for weight loss.
- Buy a quality Standardized Yerba Mate Tablet.

Yerba Mate (Ilex paraguariensis) herb is from Paraguay, South America. Yerba Mate is naturally rich in vitamins, minerals, enzymes, amino acids, and chlorophyll traditionally used for ensuring and rejuvenating health, vitality, and longevity, boosting energy and endurance, promoting mental clarity, aiding weight management, cleansing the colon, facilitating healing, relieving allergies, and reducing fluid retention.

Our Arizona laboratories prepare a standardized liquid tonic from premium quality Paraguayan Yerba mate. We evaporate the water to concentrate the nutrients and compounds which are tabletized for your convenience and benefit. Invigorate yourself with nature's energizer. Energy in every tablet. Renowned for its superior content of natural vitamins and minerals, our Yerba Mate leaves are harvested by hand and cured in strict accordance with ancient traditions, which can take up to 24 months. Yerba Mate is highly regarded for its ability to energize and revitalize the body and mind. It is an excellent appetite suppressor and aid to weight management.

Yerba Mate General Information
Sometimes known as “The Drink of the Gods”, Yerba Mate is an herbal green tea grown in the sub-tropical rain forests of Paraguay, Argentina, and other South American countries. Yerba Mate is an herbal tonic that supports many functions both physically and emotionally. In its native country, Yerba Mate is used as a food staple in the form of a liquid vegetable they drink throughout the day to support the body with 196 active compounds that includes vitamins, nutrients, minerals, and proteins. Yerba Mate contains Matiene, a natural stimulant, a close relative to caffeine, but without the jitters, sleeplessness or addiction that caffeine can produce. Mateine balances the body by calming an excited nervous system, or rejuvenating a fatigued one.

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Yerba Mate Uses & Scientific Evidence For
Yerba Mate has been known to induce mental clarity, help sustain energy levels, and boost immune system. It works as an antioxidant, and has been used to improve digestion. Yerba Mate can aid in weight loss, and help reduce depression. It has also been used to help alleviate allergies, reduce blood pressure, and balance sleep cycles.

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Yerba Mate Dosage Information
Yerba Mate can be made hot or cold. Read product label directions for recommended use.

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Yerba Mate Safety & Interaction Information
Studies show that caffeine sensitive individuals can drink Yerba Mate with no adverse reactions.


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Hi WannaLose,

Yep, I’ve heard about Yerba Mate. It’s used mostly for herbal tea. It’s traditional herbal ingredient for so called Mate Tea in South America. It is a shrub or small tree growing to 15 m tall. The leaves are evergreen, 7–11 cm long and 3–5.5 cm broad, with a serrated margin. The flowers are small, greenish-white, with four petals. The fruit is a red berry 4–6 mm diameter (picture below).

Literary Yerba Mate means "a cup of herb". The plant is grown mainly in south parts of South America (Paraguay, Uruguay, Argentina and south Brazil).

Yerba Mate is consisted from:
    Xanthines – alkaloid relative to chemicals that are made by plants and have nitrogen in them) similar to caffeine or theobromine which are present in common coffe, tea or chocolate.
    Potassium - A metallic element that is important in body functions such as regulation of blood pressure and of water content in cells, transmission of nerve impulses, digestion, muscle contraction, and heartbeat.
    Magnesium - An essential Blood salt. Necessary for nerve function.
    Manganese - An essential trace mineral that is required in small amounts to manufacture enzymes necessary for the metabolism of proteins and fat. It also supports the immune system, blood sugar balance, and is involved in the production of cellular energy, reproduction and bone growth.

The yerba mate is marked in some countries as alternative to coffee and tea, with fewer negative side effects reported in some personal experiences like:
    mental state of wakefulness
    heart palpitations

In other words, yerba mate is just another stimulant which could possible through caffeine-like chemicals suppress your appetite, but also lead to gastrointestinal disorders and side effects.

You can buy grounded yerba mate with stem (pic below) in almost every South American herbal store, also in States too.

Hope this helps!

Take care!