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Green Mat (Ilex paraguariensis) is an unfermented Yerba Mat 5:1 extract standardized to contain at least 20% caffeoylquinic acid, including 5% chlorogenic acids. Typical Yerba Mat undergoes a fermentation process that destroys the beneficial caffeoylquinic acid. Traditionally, Yerba Mat has been used to promote energy, and recently demonstrated to improve fatty acid oxidation.
Tea made from this herb is very popular in South America, the only source of the plant. Mat is an evergreen with white flowers and red fruit. Its medicinal parts are the dried or roasted leaves, which have proven to be a rich source of caffeine. Like coffee, Mat stimulates the central nervous system and has a diuretic effect. It also increases the force of heart contractions, affects heart rhythm, and breaks down sugars and fats in the body.
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Cautions Maté poses no problems when taken at normal dosage levels. However, high doses of caffeine taken regularly can lead to restlessness, irritability, insomnia, palpitations, dizziness, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, and headache.