There are potential side effects to drinking Yerba Mate coffee, especially if you drink it for the long-term. After having looked at a list of possible side effects, I can tell you that constipation isn't one of them. The reason for that is that this tea is said to exacerbate diarrhea symptoms. Additionally, it can cause an upset stomach and nausea. Those symptoms aren't necessarily to be expected, but they are contradictory to constipation.
While it isn't likely to cause or contribute to constipation, the list of possible side effects has already been started for you. There are more, too, such as increased heart rate and a blood pressure spike. People who have heart issues or high blood pressure might not want to drink this herbal tea. That brings up another important factor to consider. Not only do you want to know possible side effects, but you want to know if the beverage shouldn't be consumed by people in certain situations or with certain conditions.
There is a warning about increased risk of cancer if you regularly consume both alcohol and Yerba tea. There are also warnings about cancer risks in relation to just drinking it over the long term by itself. You definitely want to take a look at the rest of the side effects so that you are fully aware of what the risks are.
It makes sense to take a good look at the benefits of drinking this tea, too. It's interesting that is has the opposite effect of constipation, so perhaps it can actually help with those symptoms. Do you regularly get constipated? Perhaps a nice hot herbal tea could do the trick. Coffee sure does have that type of diuretic effect.
Hey, we have all been constipated at some point in time. Whether you need help with constipation or not, people's claims about the benefits of this herbal tea are quite impressive. Like for instance, it's possible that your immune system gets a boost. For some substances, you want to consume more in order to maximize the benefits. However, that's not what you want to do because you then would maximize the risks.
Since there are some serious risks and possible consequences of habitually drinking this herbal tea over the long-term, you want to be careful. Drink it on special occasions if you're going to enjoy it at all. It sounds like fun, as does drinking other herbal teas. A nice hot cup of herbal tea with lemon and honey is delicious.
Yet you can enjoy it in different ways, too. In fact, it can be made traditionally as an infusion drink, and you would enjoy it in a gourd. The gourd can be fake, or you can just use a cup or glass. But still, it's the tradition, and drinking it that way seems really cool. Then there are ice cold bottled beverages of it being sold, and there are energy drinks that contain Mate tea as well.
If you think about it, you could make a nice cold brew at home, too. If you drink tea often, however, remember the caution about drinking too much. The possible side effects do kind of seem a little over the top, but you want to be careful with drinks you don't know much about. To be truthful, we trust authorities a lot when it comes to drinks that we are used to as well, without really knowing the full extent of the information.
That being said, this was a drink that was popularized in South America, and it is now rather popular in the US, too. It has also made its way to parts of the Middle East. It all started in Brazil long ago. You have your chance to try Yerba Mate now that you've heard about it, and you are more familiar the side effects.
Long story short, no it does not cause constipation. But there are other possible side effects that you need to consider. You might enjoy taking a closer look at what benefits you might get from drinking herbal tea as well. There are quite a few benefits, and they are interesting.