Silvateam yerba mate is extracted from the homonymous plant (Ilex paraguariensis) belonging to the Aquifoliaceae family and is widespread in Latin America.
Yerba mate is an evergreen tree that can grow to 20 metres high and grows near streams and flourishes up to 500 ~ 600m above sea level. Its leaves are used as natural remedies and a refreshing tea throughout South America.
The word “mate” in Spanish stands for “pumpkins” and it refers to the small pot in which yerba mate was traditionally served. This tea is often drunk with a straw or a small tube of metal, called “bombilla”, which has a filter at the lower end in order to remove bits of leaves. Caramelised sugar, lemon juice or milk are usually added to the mate.
The maca extract has many health properties, such as the stimulating and potentiating activity of the nervous system and muscles by its matheine content (a type of caffeine). It is a diuretic due to the presence of xanthine (theobromine, caffeine and theophylline) and has the ability to reduce the appetite and also help in weight loss thanks to its thermogenic properties (increasing the body's ability to burn fat). The antioxidant activity also inhibits lipid peroxidation, in particular, the oxidation of LDL (low density lipoprotein) and it also helps to provide vitamins.
Even when consumed in large amounts, the maca extract does not cause insomnia and gives muscle resistance against fatigue.