Yerba Mate (Ilex paraguariensis) is a shrub from the holly family, native to South America, whose leaves are dried and made into a tea. It is very popular in South American, where it is consumed in a similar way to coffee or black tea. Yerba Mate is known for its effects of sustained energy, mood elevation, mental clarity and appetite control. The plant contains 196 active compounds, including 24 vitamins and minerals and 15 amino acids. It is also contains a category of phytochemicals called saponins that have been found to stimulate the immune system.About their product, GuayakÃ says:
GuayakÃ's yerba mate is grown in the natural rainforest where shade from the upper canopy of towering trees protects the mate leaves from direct sun. Shade-grown mate possesses more medicinal and nutritional properties than sun-grown. GuayakÃ workers handpick only the most tender mate leaves and stems, which are flash-heated to protect the antioxidants and nutritional properties. The yerba mate is wood-dried using naturally fallen rainforest hardwoods and aged for 12 months in cedar wood chambers. This creates GuayakÃ's distinct "woodsy" aroma and full-bodied flavor.