Guarana is a plant of the maple family, Sapindaceae. It is commonly found in Brazil and is native to the Amazon basin. Guarana has large leaves, clusters of flowers, and fruits with seeds the size of a coffee bean. The discovery of guarana in Brazil dates back to the times of the Amazon tribe.
The Amazon tribe used guarana as a stimulant that would give them energy for days, even while going days without the intake of food. Furthermore, they used it to maintain good health; they would drink guarana to sway off illnesses and body weaknesses.
Science today supports the use of guarana as an energy-boosting stimulant and a remedy for a range of ailments.
Benefits of Guarana
The seeds of the guarana plant are used to make medicine. Because it contains caffeine, the most common use of guarana is as an energy booster. Athletes and others use it to increase energy and stamina.
Guarana decreases both mental and muscle fatigue, thereby increasing mental functions and memory acuity. It is also used for weight loss, as it stimulates the metabolism.
Other uses of guarana include treating dysentery and diarrhea. It is also used to treat mild depression, headaches and back pain, arthritis, and PMS. It has antioxidants that fight free radicals to slow down aging process.
How to Use Guarana
Companies have taken advantage of guarana as a stimulant and incorporated it into many commercial products, including sodas and other beverages.
To make guarana seed powder at home, soak the seeds in water for a few hours, then remove the skin. Next, dry the seeds in the sun for a few days or bake them in high heat for 10 minutes. Let the seeds cool and then grind them in a food processor.
Finally, using a mortar and pestle, crush the seeds to powder form. Store in an airtight container, until ready for use. Add this powder to drinks and teas, as you like.
How and Where to Buy
Guarana supplements and powders are commercially available in health food stores or through online retailers.