The odd-looking berry that grows on Paullinia Cupana vines in South America was considered a magical plant by tribesmen of Brazil. As it turns out, the legend of the Guarana plant is much more than myth. Modern scientists have unlocked the treasures of this tiny seed, revealing medicinal benefits useful to treat a whole host of diseases.
According to mythology, “eyes” of a divine child who had been slain by the spirit of evil were used as the seed for the first Guarana bush. For centuries Amazon tribes dried the berries to release the white inner aryl. Then they ground the dried seed and made a paste. This ancient extract was a regular part of their diet, giving them energy and warding off disease. Written proof of the benefits of the Guarana berry dates back to the 1600's when Jesuit missionaries and settlers recorded using the herb to prevent malaria and dysentery. Today, the Guarana is an important part of the Brazilian culture, where Guarana drinks are popular. Five hundred years after the early settlers discovered its benefits, it is still used to prevent malaria and dysentery.
However, unlike that found in coffee, Guarana's caffeine is not water-soluble: this slows its absorption by the body. With coffee, you get a quick rush of
energy—followed by a quick collapse. The stimulating effects of Guarana are slowly released over several hours.
Guarana also has substances that have antioxidant properties with pharmacological benefits in the treatment of disorders, especially those related to the central nervous system. These organic substances include
Scientists have also researched the plant for its potential in the treatment of obesity. Study after study has proven Guarana's impact on
metabolism and appetite, making it an important part of any weight-loss regime.
concluded that a herbal mixture of Ma Huang and Guarana effectively promoted short-term weight and fat loss.
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