ilex paraguariensis

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In the Holly family (yes, Christmas holly) Grows up to 45 feet (15m). Simple shaped leaves with serrated edges. Small greenishwhite 4 petal flowers. Red berry-like fruit. Plant contains caffeine and is used as coffee substitute and aphrodisiac. Steep leaves and twigs in hot (not boiling) water. Similar to green tea, maybe a little more bitter. Very popular in South America. Roasting takes away bitter taste, but also many of the beneficial health compounds of the fresh green plant. Doesn’t cause jitters or nervous energy that coffee does. Used to rejuvenate, detoxify body, fight fatigue and increase health and longevity.
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A small southern South American tree, Ilex paraguariensis, is the basis of a $1-billion beverage industry in Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay (Small & Catling, 2001; FAOSTAT, 2007; Grigioni et al., 2004; USDA ARS National Genetic Resources Program.
Yerba mate tea (Ilex paraguariensis): a comprehensive review on chemistry, health implications, and technological considerations.
The seedlings of Ilex paraguariensis were produced from seeds (Cambona 4), in polyethylene bags (300 [cm.sup.3]) containing subsurface soil.
Antiobesity effects of yerba mate extract (Ilex paraguariensis) in high-fat diet-induced obese mice.
Filip, "Study of the bioactive compounds variation during yerba mate (Ilex paraguariensis) processing," Food Chemistry, vol.