Mate tea (Ilex paraguariensis) promotes satiety and body weight lowering in mice: involvement of glucagon-like peptide-1

Biol Pharm Bull. 2011;34(12):1849-55. doi: 10.1248/bpb.34.1849.


We previously investigated the effects of an aqueous extract of maté (mate) tea, made from the leaves of Ilex paraguariensis, on the diabesity and metabolic syndrome features in a mouse model. Mate induced significant decreases in body weight (BW), body mass index, and food intake (FI). In this study, to verify the mode of action of mate on FI and consequently on BW, we examined the anorexic effects of mate on the appetite and satiety markers glucagon-like peptide 1 (GLP-1) and leptin in high-fat diet-fed ddY mice. GLP-1 is a peptide signal generated by the gastrointestinal tract, which regulates appetite and influences BW, whereas leptin is an afferent signal from the periphery to the brain in a homeostatic feedback loop that regulates adipose tissue mass, thus leading to decreased appetite and FI and increased energy expenditure. Chronic administration of mate (50, 100 mg/kg) for 3 weeks significantly reduced FI, BW, and ameliorated blood fats, liver fats, and adipose tissue. Mate induced significant increases in GLP-1 levels and leptin levels compared with the control. Acute administration of major constituents of mate showed significant increases in GLP-1 levels by dicaffeoyl quinic acids and matesaponins, and significant induction of satiety by caffeoyl quinic acids and caffeine in ddY mice. These findings suggest that mate may induce anorexic effects by direct induction of satiety and by stimulation of GLP-1 secretion and modulation of serum leptin levels.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Anti-Obesity Agents / pharmacology
  • Anti-Obesity Agents / therapeutic use*
  • Beverages
  • Diet, High-Fat
  • Dipeptidyl Peptidase 4 / metabolism
  • Disease Models, Animal
  • Eating / drug effects
  • Fatty Acids / blood
  • Glucagon-Like Peptide 1 / blood*
  • Ilex paraguariensis / chemistry*
  • Leptin / blood
  • Liver / drug effects
  • Liver / metabolism
  • Male
  • Mice
  • Obesity / drug therapy*
  • Obesity / metabolism
  • Phytotherapy*
  • Plant Extracts / pharmacology
  • Plant Extracts / therapeutic use
  • Plant Leaves / chemistry
  • Satiation / drug effects
  • Triglycerides / blood
  • Triglycerides / metabolism
  • Weight Gain / drug effects


  • Anti-Obesity Agents
  • Fatty Acids
  • Leptin
  • Plant Extracts
  • Triglycerides
  • Glucagon-Like Peptide 1
  • Dipeptidyl Peptidase 4