Beneficial Improve memorization, perception, learning, also improve alertness, combat fatigue and drowsiness, appetite suppressant, aphrodisiac, stimulant.
Guarana is a long, woody stalk or vine that attaches itself to trees and climbs up. The leaves are scattered all along its liana interspersed with pretty little yellow flowers in a cluster. The ripe, red colored fruits have the appearance of an eye, hence the name guarana which means "eye of the forest". These fruits contain a very white flesh and large seeds of round shape and very dark shiny brown color, whose flavor is particular and slightly harsh.
Guarana originated in the Amazonian forests of Brazil, it spreads everywhere in Amazonas, in the region of Matos-Grosso and also in Bahia. Also found in Venezuela. It has a predilection for the undergrowth where it grows quietly in the depths of the forests.
Guarana its composition
Guarana contains a phenomenal amount of caffeine, which is why it is the plant with the highest concentration of caffeine in the world. But it has many other riches, saponosides and tannins with theobromine, xanthine, and theophylline.
Guarana also contains many vitamins, with vitamin A, vitamin B1 and vitamin B3, but also vitamin E and vitamin PP. There are also trace elements and more particularly selenium, germanium and strontium, but also mineral salts specific to this plant with calcium, potassium, as well as phosphorus and iron, copper, zinc and magnesium.
Guarana contains a wide range of mucilage, pectin and amino acids as well as essential fatty acids.
Guarana and its medicinal virtues
Guarana takes its medicinal reputation from its therapeutic virtues as a stimulating and energizing plant and also in its actions of appetite suppressant and satiety which makes it suitable in diets for overweight people or cases of obesity.
Various clinical studies have shown that it stimulates the entire central nervous system, which has a positive effect in nervousness and major stress disorders.
But guarana is also present in blood pressure concerns by improving it which helps increase blood circulation and eliminate headaches and fatigue.
In impaired cognition, which includes memorization as well as perception, after various clinical trials, is predisposed to improve cognitive performance.
Guarana is an excellent energizer and recommended for athletes. It also has aphrodisiac virtues, indeed, it will stimulate erogenous functions, while avoiding too much excitement.
Guarana is one of the compounds found in an amber-colored carbonated soft drink that is most refreshing and whose largest consumers happen to be the Germans and Brazilians. The people of the Amazon in times of famine consumed guarana in order to better endure the hunger that gripped them.