Guarana seed is a potent South American energy food with numerous health benefits used traditionally as a natural energy source or stimulant. For thousands of years, native Amazonians have used the seed extract of the Guarana berry to help maintain stamina and physical endurance. Over the last 10 years Guarana has become increasingly popular as a natural stimulant. Taking 1 gram of Guarana seed powder orally will provide a clean burst of energy, mental clarity and gentle excitement that usually lasts between 2-4 hours. Guarana increases concentration and clears the mind. It quickens perceptions, slows the pulse and suppresses the appetite which is very useful during long drives or work periods. Guarana contains guaranine, a compound almost identical to caffeine! It can be used to replace coffee and consumed in the same way or added to coffee to give a boost.
Guarana also contains large amounts of theophylline, theobromine, and tannic acid, and is also rich in saponins. The fact that Guarana seed is fatty means that even ground into a powder, it is not readily water soluble. Therefore, the body does not quickly absorb it. The guaranine is released slowly.
* combats fatigue
* increases energy
* stimulates brain function
* aids concentration
* relieves headaches and menstrual pain
* helps to speed recovery from illness
* reduces the appetite
* acts as a gentle diuretic
* improves tolerance to heat and humidity.
Guarana powder can be mixed with fruit juice, punch or herbal tea. Daily oral intake should not exceed 3 grams. As with any caffeine-containing substance, too much can lead to insomnia, nervousness, anxiety, headaches, high blood pressure and heart palpitations. Guarana is not recommended for women who are pregnant or lactating or for long-term use.