I wonder how much funding would be required for a study that separates out the factor of drinking it at certain temperatures? The studies, however, were flawed. It's not likely to give you cancer, but it probably won't cure anything either. Yerba mate is tea (or tea leaves) obtained from the South American mate shrub (Ilex paraguariensis), a tree-like plant of the holly family. If I recall from the study I read, it had to do with drinking very hot mate. More human and animal studies are needed before a conclusion can be made on the oral and oro-pharyngeal carcinogenic risk of maté to humans. Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts. Wow interesting, I've been steeping mine at about 158º Farenheight, or 70ºC. Do you have a source for that? Not a tall one, but a moderately tall tree. And Guayusa shares many of the same letters as Ayahuasca, so I'd be glad to give that a try! A 2004 study compared the effects of yerba mate and coffee on alertness, and found that yerba mate has no significant effect on cognitive performance, while coffee improves accuracy. However, some studies indicate that people who drink large amounts of yerba mate over prolonged periods may be at increased risk of some types of cancer, such as cancer of the mouth, esophagus and lungs. So it's no more cancerous than your morning black tea. It also says "we carefully dry our herbs using a lower heat process that preserves the natural smooth flavor" but says nothing about not using smoke. It's just not healthy. If I recall correctly, the issue is with people drinking it (scalding) hot, though that shouldn't be specific to yerba mate. Live your life. It was named by the French botanist Augustin Saint-Hilaire.. Is there any truth to that? Thats where the articles say the risks increase, but its unsmoked so it might not matter. The studies done have been pretty limited thus far and don't seem to present much conclusive evidence. My question is that would a non-smoked (an air dried) Yerba Mate brand be safe to drink daily? We've got entire countries which need to be warned. The journal describes that Yerba mate tea is a non-alcoholic beverage with medicinal effects as well. I drink Yerba Mate every day. Then I found out doing this is linked to cancer! New comments cannot be posted and votes cannot be cast. Another thing is the countries where it's mostly consumed also have a very high smoking population. The other thing is though, to get any of the purported health benefits from it, you have to use water 80℃ or higher to actually extract the nutrients. However, there is no sound population-based case-control study on mate consumption as a risk factor for cancer. By using our Services or clicking I agree, you agree to our use of cookies. You aren't drinking a lot of it, I personally diluted mine and added mint. I've been trying to get them to stop lately. Yerba mate also contains saponins a concentration of restorative compounds. My family is Iranian and I can confirm that they all drink their tea absurdly hot. http://www.scielosp.org/scielo.php?script=sci_arttext&pid=S1020-49892009000600010&lng=en&nrm=iso&tlng=en. Yerba mate contains several known anti-cancer compounds and, at least in a test tube, destroys human colon cancer cells. Aquifoliaceae) is a native South American tree and has a large amount of bioactive compounds.Colorectal cancer (CRC) is one of the so‐called westernized diseases and is the third most common cancer in both men and women. It's not conclusive that yerba maté causes cancer. The temperature could act by damaging the mucosa or accelerating metabolic reactions, including those with carcinogenic substances in tobacco and alcohol. Why Does Yerba Mate Cause Cancer? ... Twitter Reddit … It seems there is an apparent association between yerba mate consumption and cancer of the esophagus, larynx, and oral cavity. How are the stimulants in yerba maté different from those in coffee? (Not an exaggeration, cigarettes are dirt cheap in South America). Here's your answer: http://circleofdrink.com/yerba-mate-and-cancer, New comments cannot be posted and votes cannot be cast. Like most herbal treatments, the health claims associated with mate are undoubtedly greatly exaggerated though. Like everyone else has said, it's likely the high temperature. So I'm still not quite comfortable drinking it every morning. This correlation was also seen in places where tea is traditionally drank extremely hot, like some places in Iran. Tea! And it’s often highly debated when mentioned with yerba mate. It’s widely consumed in Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, and Brazil, where the mate tree is indigenous. The study group they had, had a large group of participants who drank mate like it was water, 4-5 cups a day, so that probably played a bigger factor as well. First post on r/tea, looks like yall have a lovely subreddit going on. 2009 review: The role of hot mate in increasing the risk of cancer of esophagus, larynx, and oral cavity seems to be supported by several epidemiological studies. Specifically, participants who consumed coffee experienced a peak alertness after 30 minutes, while those who consumed yerba mate experienced a lag in increased alertness, but instead reported sustained … Cancer is a topic nobody likes to talk about. According to a food sciences journal, Yerba mate is a strengthening tea with similar effect to coffee. Either way, … In particular: Caffeoyl derivatives for all the amazing antioxidants. Green Yerba Mate. Some subjects were already ill, some consumed alcohol, and some smoked tobacco. Seems really unlikely that mate poses a cancer risk. It also has a more balanced amount of nutrients. If brewed above 195 it can have carcinogens present. A: Known as the "drink of the gods" in South America, yerba maté is a hot, tealike beverage that is rapidly becoming an alternative pick-me-up. Isn't 4-5 cups of tea a day normal? There's a few papers linked to from wikipedia for more information. If it were, cancer would run rampant in countries like Argentina. D. Loria et al, “Cancer and yerba mate consumption: a review of possible associations.” Just drink it every other day if you're worried, I wouldn't be though. I prefer the smoked variety, you get more infusions out of it compared to unsmoked. TERERE IN GUAMPA: Tradition and culture from the Guaranies to your table. So I'm not really getting any nutrients from it at such a low temp? Whats the truth? Let it cool down and you should be all right. Yerba mate tea (YMT) has a chemopreventive role in a variety of inflammatory diseases. Conclusion: Yerba Mate Offers Outstanding Cognitive Benefits. Apparently the smoking process produces many carcinogens in this plant. I was proven wrong. I'd guess it's the heat of the beverage. (I also just had a really lucky guess on how to make the degrees symbol, so at least there's that. You’ll also find mate as an The site may not work properly if you don't, If you do not update your browser, we suggest you visit, Press J to jump to the feed. Just avoid drinking it with boiling water, that may hurt your throat and will burn the yerba. Abstract. Tl;drSo, my opinion is: if you enjoy yerba mate, drink it. I am a huge fan of Yerba Mate, however a friend recently informed me that drinking that tea is practically as bad as smoking cigarettes in terms of causation of cancer. I will look into Guayaki San Miguel as well! You probably would have gotten better results if you would have just asked for recommendations for unsmoked yerba mate. The diCQA fractions increased the activation of caspase‐8 leading to cleavage of caspase‐3 in both RKO and HT‐29 colon cancer cells. More human and animal studies are needed before a conclusion can be made on the oral and oro-pharyngeal carcinogenic risk of maté to humans. I'd rather live it in ways that cause less cancer, though! The company sells its products through their own online shop, … This subreddit is for discussion of beverages made from soaking camellia sinensis leaves (or twigs) in water, and, to a lesser extent, herbal infusions, yerba mate, and other tisanes. Do you drink Cruz de Malta daily? Yerba mate is an herbal tea made from the leaves and twigs of the Ilex paraguariensis plant.. What I've found is it's not so much the Yerba itself, it's any hot drink raises the risk for cancer. Maté consumption was associated with an increased risk of esophageal squamous cell carcinoma. Also drinking hot drinks (coffee, mate, tea, green tea) can increase the risk of getting cancer. Not at all. Mate is a caffeinated beverage made from dried leaves and twigs of the native South American yerba mate plant with hot ... shows that drinking mate might prevent cancer. Drink very moderately and let it cool a bit and you should be okay. The role of hot mate in increasing the risk of cancer of esophagus, larynx, and oral cavity seems to be supported by several epidemiological studies. Now, drinking yerba mate occasionally probably won’t be all that dangerous. (I’m not a doc, so don’t come after me if you do end up with some terrible disease). Primarily because that link has already been established. I suppose Yerba Mate could contribute a bit more. More research needs to be done before a definitive statement can be made regarding cancer risk associated with any of the various forms of mate consumption. Your title makes it seem like more of a health question. similar links to cancer have been found for tea and other beverages generally consumed at high temperatures. I've more often heard of cancer being associated with "hot mate" (brewed at close to boiling rather than the typical 150ish°F), but I've never seen anything conclusive. In the farms they are not that big because they are pruned to make it easier to harvest, a similar method is used with the camellia sinensis plant for harvesting tea. Years ago, studies showed an association between yerba mate and increased risk of esophageal cancer. Who is researching that, "it's healing properties, such as being a powerful mood stabilizer?" Yerba maté (Ilex paraguariensis) is a South American tea which is a rich source of caffeine, theobromine, ferulic acid, and numerous other bioactive compounds.Yerba maté and extracts of the plant have been shown to have remarkable antioxidant, antibacterial, antimicrobial, stimulant, diuretic, antihypercholesterolaemic, anti-obesity and anticarcinogenic properties. This, coupled with the range of results on mate risk, make assessing the etiological fraction difficult. While the epidemiological data indicate that maté users have an increased risk of oral and oro-pharyngeal cancer, little is known about whether this increased risk is due to the high temperature of the beverage when it is consumed or due to certain carcinogenic constituents that are present in maté. It's important to note that in Argentina (from my personal observation) almost everyone drinks mate, but also smokes cigarettes all day long. They sell mainly organic yerba mate beverages in various forms, including bottled cold drinks, cans, energy shots, traditional-style gourds, tea bags, and loose leaf. I couldn't click on the studies discussed in this thread because I don't have a login to that website, but if the study uses a sample from Argentina/South America, they probably smoke way more than the average North American, so they probably are at more risk for those cancers regardless. In Argentina most people drink a lot of mate, I mean really a lot, and in a much stronger brew that you probably do at home. Mate is a traditional South American beverage drink that is brewed from the leaves and stems of the yerba mate plant, a tree that belongs to the holly family. Occasional barbecuing and a bit of second-hand smoke probably won’t give you cancer, either. Conclusion: The results suggest that diCQAs in Yerba mate could be potential anti‐cancer agents and could mitigate other diseases also associated with inflammation. Like most herbal treatments, the health claims associated with mate are undoubtedly greatly exaggerated though. So don't worry. The leaves are typically dried over a fire, then steeped in hot water to make the tea. And lastly, Xanthines for the stimulants found in the herb. And if so, can anyone recommend a good, non smoked brand? :D. Mostly they believe the esophageal cancer drinking maté is linked to is caused by drinking excessive amounts of VERY hot tea, which irritates the cells lining the throat. Looks like you're using new Reddit on an old browser. There were such researches, and they proved that in the regions where people traditionally drink a lot of it there is bigger chance in getting cancer, but the people there also drink a lot of alcohol and smoke cigarettes which is making the case not really clean. The studies done have been pretty limited thus far and don't seem to present much conclusive evidence. Edit: You could also give guayusa a try, as I've never heard anything linking it to cancer. It'd be kind of a first - I'd chip in if there was a reputable research organization backing it. Cool thank you. More research needs to be done before a definitive statement can be made regarding cancer risk associated with any of the various forms of mate consumption. ", example: http://www.scielosp.org/scielo.php?script=sci_arttext&pid=S1020-49892009000600010&lng=en&nrm=iso&tlng=en. Despite this though, they were still able to find a possible relation between yerba mate and cancer. Press J to jump to the feed. 2013 meta-analysis: Maté consumption was associated with an increased risk of esophageal squamous cell carcinoma. More research is done about it's healing properties, such as being a powerful mood stabilizer. Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts, http://circleofdrink.com/yerba-mate-and-cancer. I thought this was a bogus post, but it prompted me to do some research. The natives of this area, the Guaranies, discovered that they could make a drink with the plant, but they had to dried the leaves first. Tea! This, coupled with the range of results on mate risk, make assessing the etiological fraction difficult. However, there’s some concern that yerba mate might possibly cause some kinds of cancer — especially of the esophagus, lungs, mouth, pharynx and larynx. The mate tea is widely distributed locally and is one of the most popular infusion drinks in South America. Cookies help us deliver our Services. A quick google search seems to suggest that its either a big danger, or a huge hoax. Polyphenols and Saponins for the immune boosting and anti inflammatory properties. The vast majority of Yerba Mate available (including Guayaki) is unsmoked due to the health concerns you are citing. Q. I recently quit coffee and started drinking yerba maté tea. This subreddit is for discussion of beverages made from soaking camellia sinensis leaves (or twigs) in water, and, to a lesser extent, herbal infusions, yerba mate, and other tisanes. Drinking very hot yerba mate at temps of 149 degrees F or warmer (65 C) is connected to higher cancer risks. Cancer: Some studies indicated that cancers of the mouth, esophagus, and lungs were more likely in people that consumed large amounts of yerba mate over prolonged periods of time. Unless you are buying it in South America there is a probably >80% chance your mate is unsmoked. Yerba mate is linked with an increased risk of esophageal cancer, kidney cancer, stomach cancer, bladder cancer, cervical cancer, prostate cancer, lung cancer, and possibly laryngeal or mouth cancer. 2010 systematic review and meta-analysis: While the epidemiological data indicate that maté users have an increased risk of oral and oro-pharyngeal cancer, little is known about whether this increased risk is due to the high temperature of the beverage when it is consumed or due to certain carcinogenic constituents that are present in maté. It's unlikely you'll find a research paper stating anything more committal than "more research is needed. Tl;drSo, my opinion is: if you enjoy yerba mate, drink it. Seems really unlikely that mate poses a cancer risk. I wonder if it'd be possible for r/tea to try funding a study. There are doneness of articles online about this. Yerba mate is a tree. But either way it isn't likely to be too significant. I think it's the temperature of consumption, not of brewing. Most of the articles are pretty recent, though. In South America, the tea called yerba mate plays a key role in the local culture and lifestyle. I miss it already. Every nationality has its warm drink tradition. To say it's "as cancerous as cigarettes" is absurd. Everything causes cancer. K. Szymanska et al, “Drinking of maté and the risk of cancers of the upper aerodigestive tract in Latin America: a case-control study.” Cancer Causes & Control, November 2010 doi: 10.1007/s10552-010-9606-6. However, there is no sound population-based case-control study on mate consumption as a risk factor for cancer. The brand I've been drinking is called "Maté Factor, and on the sid of the ba git says: "No Smokey Flavor" instead of "Not Smoked" like i've seen on other bags. Despite some misleading health scares surrounding yerba mate and cancer, yerba mate is one of the healthiest beverages you can drink, especially if you do your homework and pick a brand which air-dries its leaves to reduce PAH levels. So do oyu think it's safe to drink every day? Yerba mate isn't likely to pose a risk for healthy adults who occasionally drink it. The temperature could act by damaging the mucosa or accelerating metabolic reactions, including those with carcinogenic substances in tobacco and alcohol. Americans and Europeans have their coffee houses, while the British and Asian have their teas. Yerba Mate (Ilex paraguariensis St. Hill. On one hand, there’s people who are scared to drink mate because some studies suggest it can cause cancer (which I’ll debunk in another post).. And on the other hand, people that believe yerba mate is helpful in preventing cancer. The objective was to determine the capability of YMT and mate saponins to prevent azoxymethane (AOM)‐induced colonic inflammation in rats. Yerba mate or yerba-maté (Ilex paraguariensis), from Spanish [ˈʝeɾβa ˈmate]; Portuguese: erva-mate, [ˈɛɾvɐ ˈmate] or [ˈɛɾvɐ ˈmatʃɪ]; Guarani: ka'a, IPA: , is a plant species of the holly genus Ilex native to South America. According to Bloomberg, Guayakí Sustainable Rainforest Products, Inc., is a US-based beverage company founded in 1996 by college buddies Alex Pryor from Buenos Aires and David Karr from California. I've more often heard of cancer being associated with "hot mate" (brewed at close to boiling rather than the typical 150ish°F), but I've never seen anything conclusive. Yerba mate contains a whole host of amazing health boosting goodness. What it's believed to be is people drinking several gourds full a day with boiling water and they don't let it cool. It's pretty similar, and I think it tastes better. 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