Guarana (Paullinia cupana) is a plant with qualities that make it beneficial in the medical period, including intoxicant, anti-cancer, antibacterial, boosts athletic performance, reduces mental and physical weariness, and benefits of weight reduction.
It is a climber that is a member of the maple family and has big leaves and flower clusters. Its fruit resembles coffee beans in size extremely closely. The fruit has seeds within and is orange-green in hue. The soft drink industry uses it as a flavoring ingredient and a caffeine source.
Kingdom: Plantae - Plants
Subkingdom: Tracheobionta - Vascular plants
Superdivision: Spermatophyta - Seed plants
Division: Magnoliophyta - Flowering plants
Class: Magnoliopsida - Dicotyledons
Family: Sapindaceae - Soapberry family
Genus: Paullinia L. P
Species: Paullinia cupana Kunth - Guarana
Scientific Name: Paullinia Cupana
English: Brazilian Cocoa, Guarana
Brazil: Guarana, Guarana Sipo, Guarana Uva
Nutrient Composition of Guarana
The primary ingredient in the seeds is guaranine. It also contains natural phenols like catechins and epicatechin. The seeds contain varying amounts of ash, resin, starch, tannin, theobromine, theophylline, protein, and fat.
Medicinal Qualities of Guarana
- Analgesic: Relieves pain.
- Antiaggregant: Reduces platelet aggregation and stops the production of thrombi. Due to its anticoagulant effect, it is also effective in the arterial circulation.
- Anti-inflammatory: Reduces inflammation.
- Aphrodisiac: Stimulates sexual desire.
- Diuretic: Causes increased passing of urine.
- Immunostimulant: Smoothens the muscle and increases gastric motility.
- Stimulant: Temporarily increases alertness and energy.
- Thermogenic: Increase the heat in the body.
- Tonic: has the ability to revive, tone, and rejuvenate bodily systems.
Boosting energy and alertness
Increasing stamina and libido
Pain along the path of a nerve, particularly in the head or face
Urinary tract infections
Benefits and Use
Beneficial in Anxiety
Because of its relaxing and cooling properties, guarana has the ability to reduce tension and regulate cerebral pressure, which promotes relaxation.
Beneficial in Appetite
Consuming guarana increases appetite, slows the development of ama, and helps maintain a healthy weight.
Beneficial in Mental Performance
Guarana enhances memory and several aspects of thinking speed. It improves and promotes intellectual capacity when combined with ginseng. Rhodiola is administered in order to improve concentration. One can relieve headaches and migraines by using guarana, which also helps the blood flow.
Beneficial for Being Energetic
B vitamins, vitamin C, and minerals found in guarana give the body energy and increase exercise tolerance. Its characteristics allow it to lessen and control the signs and symptoms of weariness. Boosts the immunological system as well.
Beneficial for Weight Loss?
Because it has the ability to regulate Ama production and decrease the toxins that cause weight loss. Guarana has a characteristic that burns fat. As a result, it aids in weight loss.
Good for Pain Reliever
Guarana possesses analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties that lessen joint discomfort by controlling inflammation and stiffness.
Improve the Skin Appearance
It benefits the skin since it has antibacterial and antioxidant properties. It is a component in anti-aging creams, lotions, soaps, and hair products made by the cosmetics industry. It enhances skin firmness, decreases wrinkles next to the eyes, and lessens cheek sagging.
Helpful in Eye Disorders
Guarana has substances that combat oxidative stress, which is linked to age-related eye conditions such as macular degeneration, cataracts, and glaucoma.
Helpful in Boosting Heart Health
Guarana's antioxidant properties promote blood flow and prevent blood clotting. It aids in normal blood flow via the heart.
How much guarana per day is considered safe?
The recommended daily dosage of guarana for energy is 200–800 mg.
As a nutritional supplement and potent stimulant, these herbal seeds are regarded. Approximately 2-4.5% of the caffeine in guarana seeds is higher than the 1-2% in coffee seeds, making them two times as caffeinated as coffee seeds.
- Tonic - 5 to 10ml
- Powder - 3 to 6gm
- Stomach irritation
- Increased heart rate
- Bladder control problems (Incontinence)
- High blood pressure
- The herb should not be consumed by expectant or nursing mothers.