Reports of guarana’s use did not appear in Europe until the mid-1700s, but its high caffeine content – up to 5% of seeds - has made it a core ingredient in modern energy drinks.
ACTIVE COMPOUNDS OF GUARANA
Guarana is the strongest of all the caffeine drugs, being three times stronger than coffee. Some of its caffeine exists in a complex bond with several tannins, which gives it a longer lasting action than coffee.
EFFECTS OF GUARANA
Guarana has potent stimulating effects but does not produce the same ‘jitters’ as coffee. The binding complex of guarana’s caffeine gives it an inhibiting effect on hunger and thirst sensations. It also acts as a mild anti-depressant and has reported aphrodisiac effects. Curiously, some people are immune to its effects (and can even become more tired) even at high doses.
PREPARATION, DOSAGE AND USE OF GUARANA
Indians grind the seeds and mix with manioc flour, which is allowed to ferment, then dried in the sun. Small amounts are shaved off the resulting loaf and used as a tea. Guarana extract in the West is used in chewing gum, teas and canned drinks.
There are no known drawbacks from guarana use, although some energy drinks have been shown to increase dehydration when drunk in excess.
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| 2013-04-24 08:55:13
i was looking for this stuff, but i really don't know ho to use it.
Can someone tell me how to get the best effect from this? I have to prepare a thea with tis or what else?
Whitch one get the best effects? The solid or the dusty one?
The Guarana that we sell is to be made into a tea. The solid and powder kind both turn into a tea however the solid requires some more preparation. The solid kind must be ground down into a powder for best results.
We sell both as it is the personal preference for some customers to use the solid kind, I believe the taste/ feeling is a little different.
From Teresa Pugliese
| 2013-03-18 16:07:46
Non bevo caffè', perché' mi provoca tremori, e vorrei sapere se posso usare il guarana', considerato che pur contenendo per tre volte la dose di caffeina del caffè' non provoca gli stessi effetti collaterali.
Guarana is a common ingredient in energy caps and drinks. Guarana powder contains about 4.2% caffeine and several other components like guaranine, theobromine and theofilline. Please consult a doctor if you are unsure about whether or not you can safely consume this product. We cannot give any form of medical advise.
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