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Guarana is a plant of the Amazon that is found in parts of Venezuela and Brazil. It is named for the Guarani tribe in the Amazon, who used its seeds to brew a drink. Within Amazonian Indian society, Guarana has played an important role and is taken during periods of fasting to improve tolerance of dietary restrictions. In certain regions, the extract is believed to be an aphrodisiac and to protect from malaria and dysentery.

 

The berries of this plant have several health benefits, including the ability to burn fat and increase energy and aid in feelings of well being.

 

Today’s common use of guarana is in energy drinks and sports nutrition drinks due to its energizing effects.

 

One of the most powerful benefits of guarana is its energizing effects. Guarana contains compounds similar in structure to caffeine (theophylline and theobromine). The plant seeds provide even higher caffeine effects than typical caffeine drinks, including coffee. Guarana may be more effective than coffee with regards to its energizing power, as guarana is released more slowly into the body to provide sustained energy. The plant directly stimulates the central nervous system and may be taken in small doses to fight fatigue and increase activity levels.

 

Guarana can be taken for weight loss, athletic performance, exercise tolerance, mental performance, to increase energy, as an aphrodisiac, and for many other conditions cognition enhancer.

 

Guarana supplements come in a variety of forms. In its most natural form, it comes as dried guarana powder or paste made from the seeds of the plant. Commercially, it is available as guarana extract guarana tablets or as guarana pills / capsules.   Consult your health-care provider for more information about forms of guarana and dosage information.

 
 

Precautions

 

Because of guaranas caffeine content, please be sure to consult your health-care professional for information about side effects and dosage.

 

Side effects depend on the dose. High doses of guarana can cause insomnia, nervousness and restlessness, stomach irritation, nausea, vomiting, increased heart rate and blood pressure, rapid breathing, tremors, delirium, diuresis, and other side effects. Large guarana doses might cause headache, anxiety, agitation, ringing in the ears, pain when urinating, stomach cramps, and irregular heartbeats. People who take guarana regularly may experience caffeine withdrawal symptoms if they reduce their usual amount.

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