Yerba Mate (Ilex paraguariensis)
This holly tree is native to South America. The dried leaves have been used for centuries by the native people as a health tonic and a stimulant tea. The healthy antioxidants have been used to help inflammation in gout and arthritis. Yerba mate contains the alkaloid mateine, which acts like a smooth caffeine. It has been used by dieters to help reduce food cravings and make you feel fuller. It is a great way to lower calorie intake while having a healthy drink, since it doesn’t contain chemicals and artificial sweeteners like diet sodas.