Solaray Yerba Mate is an over the counter diet supplement. It is designed around a single active ingredient. That substance has spent a great deal of time in the media spotlight over the last little while. That said, it’s important to recognize that media hype and scientific study are not the same thing.
While the media attention did help Solaray Yerba Mate to stand out in the weight loss industry, it takes more than that to prove that it is safe and effective. Therefore, if you are considering this product, it’s a good idea to talk about it with your doctor and then do your own research into yerba mate, the active ingredient about which it has made all its promises.
Yerba mate is a type of plant extract that contains a significant amount of caffeine. In fact, it is for its content of that stimulant that it is most frequently used in diet pill formulations. Besides the caffeine in this ingredient, there has yet to be anything about it that has been proven to have a direct connection between its use in supplements and weight loss. At the time of the writing of this review, a reputable study published in a peer reviewed medical journal could not be found indicating that yerba mate had any relationship with weight loss outside its caffeine content.
This suggests that any pill based exclusively on yerba mate may not be anything more than a glorified caffeine pill with a higher price tag. And yet, this doesn’t mean that there isn’t anything to its use. There are people who credit their ability to lose weight to products that include this ingredient.
Moreover, the benefits of caffeine itself should not be ignored. That substance has been associated not only with energy boosting – which can be very important to keeping up motivation as well as maintaining positive performance while exercising – but it may also boost the metabolism for faster fat burning and it may reduce the appetites of some dieters, making it easier to cut back on calories.
Still, caffeine has also been associated with unwanted side effects when taken in large doses. These side effects can include jitters, anxiety, heart palpitations, increased heart rate, elevated blood pressure and nausea. This can worsen if this product is combined with the use of other foods or beverages that contain caffeine, such as coffee, tea, some sodas or chocolate.