Guarana is a stimulant and increases mental alertness, fight fatigue, and increase stamina and physical endurance Guarana seeds are rich in a substance called guaranine, very similar in chemical make-up to caffeine. Its properties contain 4-8% more stimulants than coffee beans, which contain approximately 1-2.5% caffeine. The seeds are rich in tannins and xanthine alkaloids: theophylline and theobromine.
- Used for weight loss, to enhance athletic performance, as a stimulant, and to reduce mental and physical fatigue, treat low blood pressure and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), and to prevent malaria and dysentery.
- Used to enhance sexual desire, to increase urine flow, and as astringent.
- Other uses include treatment of ongoing diarrhea, fever, heart problems, headache, joint pain, backache & heat stress.
- As a supplement, FDA considers it “generally recognized as safe”.
- Guarana drinks and sodas are popular in Brazil (where it is considered to be a health tonic), almost as popular as
In North America, Guarana has recently become a popular ingredient in energy drinks and teas.