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Warning: Caution must be taken as the toxic effects of this plant are unknown. Note that Mate solutions, which have become popular for their antioxi-dant/antiradical properties, are however mutagen in the Ames test (TA97, TA98, TA100, TA102 strains, 20mg/plates to 50mg/plates) and genotoxic (WP2s strain; Leitao AC et al., 1994) showing that antioxidant/antiradical natural products can be noxious. Furthermore, a case-control study which includes 497 cases of lung cancer and the same number of controls, reveals that mate is associated with risks of upperaerodigestive tract cancer (De Stefani E etal., 1996). A case-control study involving interviews with 111 incident cases and 222 controls shows a high mortality rate for bladder cancer, on account of black tobacco smoking and mate ingestion (De Stefani E et al., 1991). The case of a young woman who developed a veino-occlusive disease after drinking mate over a number of years is reported by Mc Gee et al. (1976).

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