Guarana

Scientific name: Paullinia cupana
Origin: Amazon Rainforest

 

Description

Guarana is a small fruit from the Amazon Rainforest with a shell that is normally yellow red. When ripe, it may be opened to show a white pulp with black seeds like eyes.
This plant contains caffeine (called guaranine in the guarana plant).

Guarana has a beneficial effect on energy and alertness.

 

amazon rainforest fruit

Properties

  • Stimulant
  • Soothes headaches
  • Digestive
  • Diuretic
  • Pain reliever
  • Improves brain performance
  • Boosts sport performance

Its high tannin content (up to 12%) allows guaranine (or caffeine) to be dispersed slower, with less force. This calms the agitation and nervousness that normally is associated with coffee consumption.

 

Composition

Alkaloids

Guaranine Derived from purine, similar to caffeine Alleviates migraines, sleepiness and fatigue
Theophylline Methylxanthine – Psychoanaleptic, central nervous system stimulant, and improves mood
– Broncholidator increases the diameter of the bronchi, improving respiration
– Diuretic
Theobromine Methylxanthine, similar to caffeine, also found in cocoa – Has a positive effect on the mood
– It is a vasodilator, allowing blood pressure to diminish (leaving more space for blood pressure to circulate) and it increases blood flow
– Cardio-stimulant
  • Protein (15 %)
  • Cathetic tannins (12%) – Choleretic properties, stimulates bile secretion within the liver and helps eliminate fat. It is used for diarrhea, gastrointestinal infections and enteroclotis (inflammation of the large intestine and colon)
  • Carbohydrates, triterpenoid saponins, ciano lipids and mineral salts
  • Vitamins A, B and E

Other properties

  • Improves memory
  • Aphrodisiac
  • Antioxidant
  • Anti-aging
  • Anti-asthma
  • Bronco protector
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