Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero and Roberto Firminho among football superstars who all drink this

The national drink of Argentina has been revealed as the new secret weapon to help reduce hunger, ease fatigue and shed pounds.

Furthermore, Yerba Mate tea has also become one of the drinks of choice for some of the world’s biggest football stars, including Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero and Liverpool’s Roberto Firminho.

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And now, experts from clinically-proven herbal weight-loss aid Zotrim believe it can help in fighting the UK’s obesity crisis.

Mate (pronounced mah-teh) tea is higher in antioxidants than green tea, and research has found that the drink’s antioxidants influence weight loss in the same way that green tea helps people burn calories.

Mate also has powerful thermogenic effects, meaning it turns up your body’s calorie-burning mechanism, and can also promote weight loss by improving insulin sensitivity.

Mate can modulate genes that are changed in an obese state and restores them to more normal levels of expression.

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Further research has shown Yerba Mate even has the ability to prevent the development of new fat cells, meaning it can help prevent further weight gain.

It is also an anti-inflammatory which can be very important for athletes coming back from an injury.

Known for helping with sports performance, you may have seen Argentina team-mates Messi and Aguero, and Brazil star Firmino all over social media sipping on a drink from a strange-looking mug.

This is Yerba Mate, and it has swept the footballing world, including the England team, who turned to it at the last World Cup.

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It has an invigorating effect and also increases energy use during exercise.

This means that drinkers not only feel more active, but the exercise they do will be even more beneficial because they’ll shift even more of those fat stores.

However, while Mate tea could help you lose weight, and improve your sports performance, it won’t turn you into the next Lionel Messi.

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