10 Benefits of Yerba Mate

10. Kills Cancer Cells

Mate contains many anti-cancer compounds. These include saponins, tannin, and chlorophyll. When mate extract is dropped into colon cancer cells, the cancer cells die.

On the other hand, there is some evidence that mate might cause certain types of cancer. However, it may be that the real cause of the cancer is that mate is usually consumed at a very high temperature. Frequent exposure to scalding hot substances is known to cause some kinds of cancers.

Another possibility is that mate drinkers in certain locations of South America smoke and drink to excess. These might be contributing factors.