An energizing blend that can also be exquisite, with a note of oriental seduction in the aroma and taste. Here is the perfect infusion to awaken the senses and reinvigorate the body in the morning. The taste experience is however sweet, and the natural strength of guarana combines with the sweet, delicate and vegetal nuances of rose petals and buds, passion flower and verbena. The citrus notes of grapefruit and orange give a burst of freshness, which is balanced with the intense flavor of dates and almonds. The blend includes fruits, herbs, flowers for a refined experience with every sip - sweet and stimulating. A sensation that also becomes natural and beneficial, being an organic infusion.
Grapefruit and guarana infusion: properties and benefits
The stimulating properties of guarana are perfect for giving a natural energy boost during the day, to be drunk even cold in summer against the heat that saps your strength. An excellent companion for the morning break, it helps to regain energy after lunch and in the afternoon, while it is not recommended in the evening before falling asleep.
As a tonic, guarana counteracts states of physical and mental tiredness, thanks to the stimulating qualities of caffeine. Furthermore, it contains other energizing compounds such as theophylline and theobromine and a dose of antioxidants including tannins, saponins and catechins.
The infusion, therefore, helps reduce tiredness and improve concentration, avoiding moments of drowsiness that can occur during the day. For this reason, it represents an infusion much appreciated by men too. An energizing bomb for our body! Rose petals, passionflower and verbena are also useful in the mixture to relieve states of stress, promoting mental well-being - with an action that includes relaxation, to balance the guarana.
Furthermore, guarana works by stimulating body and lipid metabolism, with a good function on body weight balance. The combination with grapefruit gives a satiety-regulating and diuretic infusion.
The grapefruit plays an antioxidant role and supports the functionality of the microcirculation, promoting the drainage of excess body fluids . The union of grapefruit and energizing guarana therefore supports a slimming and slimming diet - which relieves water retention and helps the metabolism to activate. This action is supported by dates, which promote drainage against stagnant liquids in the lymphatic system.
The other main components of the infusion based on grapefruit and guarana also help correct digestion. The tannins of guarana and other components of the mixture can relieve constipation. With an emollient and soothing action on the digestive system, dates, almonds and rose buds act; while orange promotes the elimination of intestinal gas.
Origins and history of cultivation
Guaranà or guaraná is a plant known for centuries among the Amazonian tribes of Brazil, and has been used in the past as an energy drink and for healing purposes. The plant, in fact, is native to the Amazon basin and takes its name from the warana plant so called by the Guaraní people, settled in this area. Ripe guaraná fruits – which show dimensions like those of coffee – were used to create the drink. The seeds were transformed into powder after shelling and drying them. The powder was kneaded and shaped into small "loaves", which were then grated and immersed in hot water with sugar. The plant arrived in Europe in the 16th century via the Spanish conquistadors, but only became more intensively marketed in the late 1950s. The grapefruit is part of the citrus family, native to the warmer and more humid areas of Asia, but derives from a cross between the pomelo and the sweet orange - itself a hybrid between the pomelo and the mandarin. It is a particular fruit, first found in Barbados, probably in the mid-1600s, so its origin is unclear. It was probably introduced in the eighteenth century by the English, who arrived in Barbados. Over time, it spread to Europe and the islands of the West Indies before its culture spread to the American continent. Today, grapefruit has become popular in various parts of the world and production has expanded to most citrus producing countries (United States, Israel, Cyprus, South Africa and Brazil).
Fruit and flowers among the ingredients of the infusion
TheThe guarana plant is Paullinia cupana, an evergreen of the Sapindaceae family. It can have drooping branches or be a true climber, and grows in humid tropical climates, up to 800 meters above sea level. The tree requires deep, well-drained soil with a high organic matter content. Guarana prefers abundant rainfall. It has large leaves and clusters of flowers, and fruits that bear the famous seeds.
The grapefruit has the botanical name of Citrus × paradisi Macfad. It is a fruit tree belonging to the Rutaceae family. It was probably born as a hybrid between the sweet orange and the pomelo, but for centuries it has been a species in its own right. The tree grows up to 6 meters, with a very dense foliage, shiny leaves and large white flowers. The fruit has a tender pulp, with a slightly acidic flavour; it has a diameter that varies depending on the variety and cultivation conditions.
The Rose is a perennial plant of the Rosaceae family. There are over three hundred species and thousands of cultivars of this plant, famous for its flowers. It can appear in the form of erect shrubs, climbing, thorny or not. The flowers change in shape, size and color from white to yellow and red. Most species are native to Asia.
The sweet orange tree is Citrus sinensis, belonging to the Rutaceae family. It probably originated as a hybrid between the pomelo and the mandarin in China. Over the centuries, many varieties of orange have been developed, and sweet oranges are distinguished from bitter oranges.
Almond seeds derive from the Prunus dulcis tree, of the Rosaceae family. The plant reaches a height of up to 3-4 meters, and gives light pink or white flowers. The fruit is a drupe which, when ripe, opens the external covering and lets the stone come out.
The date palm is the Phoenix dactylifera plant, of the Arecaceae (Palmae) family. Dates are the berries of the palm tree and arise from large clusters of red fruits, which turn brown when they ripen. Depending on the variety, dates have different sizes and a color from bright red to yellow. Verbena officinalis is a perennial herb that belongs to the Verbenaceae family. It displays lobed leaves and unscented, light blue to purple flowers - in some varieties it blooms with pink or white petals. In herbal medicine, the dried flowering plant is used, in particular the leaves.
Nutritional values of grapefruit and guarana infusion
The infusion contains caffeine, theobromine and antioxidant substances such as flavonoids and anthocyanins; as well as tannins, saponins, catechins and other compounds such as tannins and mucilages.
How to proceed with the preparation of the infusion The grapefruit and guarana infusion is obtained by placing approximately 3-5 grams of the mix with water at 100 °C. Leave to infuse for 10 to 12 minutes before drinking. Add honey or sugar, if desired.
Grapefruit and guarana infusion: side effects and contraindications
To avoid unwanted effects it is necessary to respect the recommended doses and not exceed the consumption of the infusion. Excessive intake can cause side effects similar to those of excessive caffeine intake: headache, tachycardia, agitation, diarrhea, insomnia, stomach pain. The infusion is not recommended for pregnant or breastfeeding women, due to the presence of caffeine.