This Brazilian plant from the Amazonian territory has been known for centuries among local populations, both for its fruits and for the beneficial properties of its seeds.
Guarana extract, in fact, is obtained from dried and cut seeds for a beneficial herbal tea.
Guarana: properties and benefits
Guarana contains several stimulating substances such as caffeine, theophylline and theobromine.
Furthermore, it has antioxidant characteristics due to elements such as saponins, tannins and catechins .
This great wealth of elements useful for our health, makes us various possibilities of treatments and dietary integration with guarana.
The many antioxidants make guarana similar to green tea, which can hinder the damage of free radicals, molecules harmful to our body.
These molecules can interact with cells damaging them, promoting aging or degeneration. The antioxidants of guarana can oppose free radicals, avoiding their damage.
Seeds are, first of all, an excellent source of caffeine , a substance known to all as an energizer. Guaranine (identical to caffeine) facilitates concentration, attention and mental energy during study or intellectual work.
Promotes good memory and correct learning, and supports from physical fatigue.
As a natural supplement , in fact, guarana fights fatigue and stress that debilitate psycho-physical level. < / p>
It also facilitates physical activity, increasing endurance in efforts.
We know that guarana seeds contain up to 6 times more caffeine than coffee beans, but without causing any negative effects: they do not cause agitation or insomnia.
For those who want to lose weight, guarana seeds can favor the weight loss diet, thanks to the caffeine that increases metabolism, burns calories, and decreases the sense of hunger.
For the purpose of cardiovascular well-being, the antioxidants in guarana appear to promote blood flow by improving circulation. This action is also useful for the beauty of the skin, whose tissues will be more sprayed and toned, counteracting skin relaxation and the appearance of wrinkles.
For the well-being of the digestive system, guarana has good qualities as a stomach tonic, and has been used in the past to relieve constipation and chronic diarrhea. Even if they seem to work in contrast, this depends on the doses of guarana consumed. The seeds can give digestive and intestinal balance thanks to plant antioxidants and tannins (known for their astringent capacity).
For those who want to combat constipation, however, the doses can increase as guarana is rich in caffeine, which acts as a natural laxative. In practice, low doses of guarana can have a tonic and anti-diarrhea effect, while high doses provide laxative effects.
Some studies to be investigated have linked guarana with the contrasting actions of some harmful bacteria in digestion.
Historically guarana was used by the Amazonian tribes as a pain reliever, due to its high caffeine content, which can block the receptors that arouse the sensation of pain.
Origins and History of cultivation
The plant of Paullinia cupana, guarana is a creeper grown in the wild originally in Brazil. It was appreciated for its fruits and for its therapeutic characteristics, by the Amazonian tribes who have used its extracts for centuries.
Mainly, it was created from the seed of the fruit, which is now available as a herbal tea, a stimulating and energetic drink. Guarana is mentioned for the first time by the missionary Father Bettendorff after the middle of the seventeenth century, described as a prodigious substance used by the tribe of Indians he had met in Brazil. The territory was located in the Amazon, east of Manaus.
The fruit was dried and then pounded, transformed into small balls that were grated. They made a drink that gave energy and stamina for hunting,