GUARANA (Paullinia cupana) is a natural herbal energizer. It helps to stimulate the body to use up calories by generating heat and is comparable in caffeine to high caffeine coffee without the acids.
Also know as Brazilian cocoa, Guarana is a caffeine-containing herb which is used as an energy drink and natural stimulant. Guarana contains chemical compounds called xanthines which include caffeine, theobromine and theophylline.
Guarana is used for its stimulating properties and for its diuretic action. It is used extensively as an appetite suppressant and aphrodisiac and is believed to help diarrhea, fatigue, gastrointestinal disorders, headaches, migraines, neuralgia and PMS. It is also considered antidiarrheic, and antifatigue. Its potential for treating migraine headaches is under current investigation.
Dosage: One or more tablets daily as a dietary supplement.
- Guarana is a caffeine-containing herb and should not be overused.
- Pregnant women or nursing mothers should not use guarana.
- Overuse can cause a strain on the urinary tract, heart palpitations, or insomnia.
- Combining guarana with herbs such as ephedra can have harmful side effects.