Maybe guarana looks like wide open eyeballs because it is a complex natural stimulant and antioxidant.
Native to Brazil, the Sateré-Mawé tribe are thought to have discovered the therapeutic effects of guarana, using it for many aspects of life, including social celebrations, for menstrual pains and after childbirth and to increase stamina.
Guarana gained popularity when Jesuit missionaries in the Amazon noted that tribesmen who consumed guarana could hunt for extended periods of time with exceptional focus.
An important active constituent in guarana is guaranine, which is chemically similar to caffeine. However, it is absorbed by the body slowly, providing that energized feeling that lasts all day, without the jitters commonly associated with caffeine.
Guarana doesn’t just rely on guaranine to provide energy and stamina – it contains xanthines which have been shown to enhance physical and mental performance. Also containing flavonoids and alkaloids, in clinical studies alkaloids were shown to stimulate the central nervous system, enhancing alertness and reducing fatigue.1
Feeling physically energized is great, but did you know that guarana also helps to boost your memory and mood? The behavior of young volunteers given guarana was studied and researchers found that the volunteers experienced improvements not only in their memory but also contentedness and even better, the most improvement was shown with the lowest doses given to the volunteers!2
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- Carlson M, Thompson RD. Liquid chromatographic determination of methylxanthines and catechins in herbal preparations containing guarana. J AOAC Int 1998;81:691-701.
- Kennedy DO, Haskell CF, Wesnes KA, Scholey AB. Improved cognitive performance in human volunteers following administration of guarana (Paullinia cupana) extract: comparison and interaction with Panax ginseng. Pharmacol Biochem Behav 2004;79:401-411.