Guarana (Paullinia cupana) is a plant which has intoxicant, anti-cancer, antibacterial, enhance athletic performance, reduce mental and physical fatigue and weight loss effects properties which make it useful in the medicinal era.
It is a climber which belongs to maple family and has large leaves and clusters of flowers. The fruit of it is very much similar to the coffee bean by size. Fruit is orange green in color and has seed inside. It is a flavoring agent and is being used as a source of caffeine in the soft drink industry.
Guaranine is the prime constituent in the seeds. The natural phenols like catechins and epicatechin are also found in it. Ash, resin, starch, tannin, theobromine, theophylline, protein and fat are also present in different quantities in the seeds.
Guarana has calm and coolant potency due to which it has the property of cooling the stress, and calming the pressure of brain which gives relaxation.
Intake of Guarana improves the appetite, reduces the production of Ama and which has control over the balanced weight.
Guarana improves the thinking speed and some aspects of memory. When it is given with the combination of Ginseng it increases and enhances the intellectual performance. To increase the level of concentration it is given with Rhodiola. By the use of Guarana one gets relief from a headache, migraine also improves the blood circulation.
Guarana contains B vitamins, vitamin C, and minerals which makes the body energetic and improves the exercise tolerance. Due to its properties, it reduces and manages the symptoms of fatigue. Also increases the immune system.
As it has the property to control Ama production and reduces the toxins which are responsible for weight loss. The property of Guarana burns the fat. Thus it is helpful in weight loss.
Guarana has anti-inflammatory, analgesic property which reduces the stiffness and inflammation which controls the pain of the joints.
The antioxidant and antimicrobial property present in it makes it beneficial for the skin. The cosmetic industry uses it in making of anti-aging cream, soap, lotion and hair products. It reduces the sagginess of cheeks, improves skin tightness, and minimizes the wrinkles beside the eyes.
Guarana has the compounds which fight against the oxidative stress, an age-related eye disorders like macular degeneration, cataracts, and glaucoma.
The antioxidant property of Guarana helps in blood flow and prevents clotting of blood. It helps in proper circulation of the blood through heart.
The safe and standard dose of Guarana for energy is 200 to 800 milligrams per day.
These herbal seeds are considered as a dietary supplement and an effective stimulant. The Guarana seeds has the caffine which is twice than found in coffee seeds (about 2-4.5% caffeine in Guarana seeds, compared to 1-2% for coffee seeds).