Guarana

Guarana (Paullinia cupana) is a plant from the maple family, native to the Amazon basin and popular in Brazil as a health tonic. The fruit is of similar size to a coffee bean and contains 2-3 times the amount of caffeine.

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Guarana (Paullinia cupana) is a plant from the maple family, native to the Amazon basin and popular in Brazil as a health tonic. The fruit is of similar size to a coffee bean and contains 2-3 times the amount of caffeine. This accounts for guarana’s reputation as a herbal stimulant.

Guarana Benefits

As a stimulant guarana is taken to increase mental alertness and memory, lift mood, fight fatigue and promote stamina and endurance. Best results are achieved at lower doses.

Studies show guarana’s appetite suppressing and fat burning properties are due to its caffeine content.

Guarana Side Effects and Contraindications

Serious adverse effects have been reported when guarana is used with products containing ephedra. These include elevated heart rate and blood pressure, changes in glucose and potassium levels, increased risk of haemorrhage, stroke, heart attack and sudden death. Contraindicated during pregnancy and breastfeeding, or while taking antidepressant drugs. Contraindicated for people sensitive to caffeine or xanthines. Medical supervision of guarana use is advised for anyone with heart conditions, diabetes, hypertension, epilepsy, thyroid disorders, anxiety, insomnia or kidney disease. Symptoms of guarana overdose include difficulty urinating, vomiting, abdominal cramps and spasms.
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