The first record of the use of Guaraná dates all the way back to 1669!
It was this year that a Jesuit missionary named J. Felipe Betendorf
visited an area deep in the Amazon Basin where the Maué Indians were
found using it as a daily tonic/stimulant. These Indians and the white
settlers who lived with them lauded the beverage for its ability to
ward off headaches, relieve cramps and fevers, and as an aphrodisiac.
Maybe most responsible for its popularity was the belief by these
people that their daily usage helped to prevent malaria and dysentery.
It is still consumed today for all of these reasons.
What Is Guarana Seed Extract?
The seed kernel of the tropical plant, Paullinia Cupana var. Sorbilis.
Guarana extract is an extract of this seed.
For What Is Guarana Used?
- Appetite suppressant
- Smoking cessation
- Pain relief
- Commercially as a flavoring in soft drinks
How Does Guarana Work?
Guaraná contains tetra
methylxanthine (as much as 5.8%!), a compound almost identical to
caffeine; it also contains large amounts of theophylline, theobromine,
tannic acid and is rich in saponins. The fact that Guaraná seed is
fatty means that even ground into a powder, it is not readily water
soluble and therefore not quickly absorbed by the body. The caffeine is
released slowly--over as much as 6 hours--so the energy boost that is
experienced from Guaraná is not like that of coffee (with a sudden rush
and quick drop-off), but continues to escalate over hours. The tannic
acid is astringent and probably accounts for its use as a digestive
tonic. The saponin content may be partially responsible for its long
term effects (saponins are the agents responsible for the energizing
effects of Ginseng when it is taken over long periods). Theobromine and
theophylline are two constituents of Guaraná that educated chocoholics
will recognize. Theophylline is a stronger stimulant than even
caffeine, but it is present in smaller amounts than caffeine.
Theobromine is the stimulant/euphoriant so craved by chocoholics; with
all three of theobromine, theophylline, and caffeine present, it's not
hard to see how the popularity of Guaraná has remained and grown since
What Is The Recommended Intake of Guarana?
None has been established, so start out small and increase as desired.
Are There Any Precautions with Guarana?
All the same precautions/hazards associated with coffee apply to
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Guarana References / Additional Resources
Double-Blind Placebo-Controlled Trials
- Andersen, T. and J. Fogh (2001). "Weight loss and
gastric emptying following a South American herbal preparation in
overweight patients." J Hum Nutr Diet 14(3): 243-50.
- Boozer, C. N., J. A. Nasser, S. B. Heymsfield, V.
Chen and J. L. Solomon (2001). "An herbal supplement containing Ma
Huang-Guarana for weight loss: a randomized, double-blind trial." Int J
Obes Relat Metab Disord 25(3): 316-24.
- Galduroz, J. C. and E. A. Carlini (1996). "The
long-term administration of guarana on the cognition of normal, elderly
volunteers." Rev Paul Med 114(1): 1073-8.
- Galduroz, J. C. and A. Carlini Ede (1994). "Acute
of the Paulinia cupana, "Guarana" on the cognition of normal
volunteers." Rev Paul Med 112(3): 607-11.
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