Guarana (Paullinia cupana), is an evergreen herb that grows in the area around Venezuela and northern Brazil. This plant only thrives in the Amazon forest, which rule tropical temperatures and heavy rains. Due to its positive effects, indigenous people in the Amazon use it since ancient times. Guarana contains phytocompounds such as theobromine, saponins, tannins and catechins, which are powerful antioxidants and that prevent, slow down or stop certain diseases. Theobromine is an ingredient of Guarana which helps in burning fat in the body and therefore, it is often an integral part of preparations for weight loss, in preparations for reducing cellulite and so on. Here are some benefits arising from the use of preparations containing guarana:
- Guarana acts as a tonic and a means of purifying the intestines, reduces inflammatory processes and etc…
- Act as a diuretic
- It increases alertness, concentration, energy, libido, and reduces fatigue and tension.
- It is used to improve the cognitive functions and performance in athletes. Guarana Caffeine stimulates the central nervous system, relieves mental and physical fatigue. This action is all in all takes about 6 hours.
- Helps normalize blood pressure
- It is natural aphrodisiac
- It purifies the cardiovascular system, improves circulation, reduces neuralgia, headaches, painful periods and migraines
- Helps with depression, stress, premature aging, and reducing blood cholesterol
- Gives a feeling of satiety, and termogenico action that prompted the metabolism and helps breakdown fat.
Note: Guarana should not be taken in larger quantities than 2 to 5 grams per day. Eating large amounts can lead to the emergence of insomnia, anxiety, palpitations, and because diuretic action, increase excretion of urine can be occurred. Although it is a natural stimulant, it should not exaggerate with its consumption. You should avoid guarana drinks during pregnancy and lactation, or if you are one of the many who have high blood pressure.