Guarana, belonging to the family Sapindaceae and native to the Amazon, is a shrub that is up to 12 meters high and twins in the nearest trees without damaging them.
It has alternate leaves, odd and composed by five leaflets in the form of oval lances, with serrated edges.
Its flowers are small, fragrant and whitish or pale yellow.
As for its fruits, these have a capsule shape and recall small dark red pears, which in the interior contain three oval seeds of brownish-black color, about the size of a grape and resemble small chestnuts of India , surrounded each One of them for a meat-colored fillet, and that they separate easily when the fruit dries
The natives of Brazil have been using guaraná since ancient times. They believed it was a magic fruit to cure intestinal diseases and regain lost strength, quickly and safely.
Traditionally, once the fruits have been harvested, the seeds are removed from the tegument, roasted and milled. The resulting powder is used for medicinal purposes.
Healing properties of guarana
Guarana has a substance similar to caffeine (guaranine) and other stimulants (theobromine and theophylline), tannins, saponins and even antioxidants
Guarana is considered a physical, psychological, intellectual and sexual stimulant that fights fatigue physical, asthenia, fatigue or low mood. It is also beneficial to both the brain and the blood system.
In the case of the brain, for example, it fulfills many functions as a stimulant of the nervous system (in fact, it was one of the first properties that attracted attention in the field of nutrition)
In the case of life stages that require more attention (such as old age), guarana helps dilate and conserve blood vessels, thus facilitating the circulation and prevention of atherosclerosis. Thus, habitual consumption of this powder will decrease both memory loss and the danger of strokes or strokes.
Guarana is a natural liver protector. That is why it is advisable to use it as a regular table top drink, or in cases of occasional intoxication caused by excessive consumption of alcohol.
Due to its diuretic effect, it is very often used as a supplement in weight loss and cellulite removal treatments. On the other hand, weight control diets often cause fatigue, so guarana will also be useful for regaining vitality, both physical and mental.
Popular guarana remedies
Remedy with guarana for mental fatigue: Pour in a half liter of boiling water 10 g of ground seeds of guarana. After 10 minutes of rest, strain and drink 1 or 2 cups, cold or hot, sweetened or not
Remedy with guaraná for physical fatigue: Put 2 teaspoons of guarana seeds ground in 1 cup and add hot water. Leave to stand for about 5 minutes. Paste and take at the rate of 2 cups a day.
Remedy with guaraná to accelerate the metabolism Boil, for 5 minutes, 1 tablespoon ground seeds of guarana and 1 tablespoon of dandelion in a cup of water. Take this infusion twice a day.
Remedy with guaraná to lose weight Boil 1 liter of water that contains 1 artichoke, previously washed. When boiling, pour 1 tablespoon of ground seeds of guarana. Leave to stand for 10 minutes. Take throughout the day
Guaraná remedy for post-vaccination syndrome: Put 2 teaspoons of guarana seeds in 1 cup and add hot water. Leave to stand for 5 minutes, filter and drink 2 to 3 cups a day.
Remedy guarana remedy with a formula that includes Mix 500 mg guarana ground seed powder, 500 mg royal jelly and 100 mg purified propolis. Pour into a glass of blueberry juice. Take 1 glass daily.
Although Guarana is a natural substance, to which no toxic properties have been detected, some people should avoid it like the following:
Those who are overly nervous or anxious should not take guarana, as they may aggravate a crisis due to its stimulating effect on the central nervous system.
Those with metabolic disturbances, such as hyperthyroidism, should not consume it either since guarana has action precisely on the metabolism, which accelerates.
Guarana should not be used in children under 12 years due to its stimulating effect.
Mothers should refrain from ingesting guarana during their pregnancy. In fact, there are no data indicating that it may be detrimental to the development of the future baby, but available studies have been done on animals, and although doses much higher than those consumed by a human were administered, the lack of evidence on Humans advise caution. In a word: “when in doubt, refrain.” As for the use during breastfeeding, it is totally inadvisable, since the stimulating action of guarana can pass into breast milk and cause insomnia in the baby. Should refrain from consuming it:
Those who suffer from ulcers. Since Guarana stimulates the secretion of the stomach and intestinal juices, it may aggravate ulcer conditions.
Those who suffer from chronic or frequent acidity, for the same cause as the previous one.
Those affected by cardiac arrhythmias. Guarana could worsen the condition due to its central nervous system stimulating effect.
Those prone to high blood pressure. Guarana could cause sharp increases in blood pressure due to its stimulating effect on the central nervous system
It is also important to note that its use should not be combined with other stimulants (ginseng, coffee, mate, etc.). Also, as it can lead to insomnia and nervousness, it is not advisable to take it before bed.
If you buy guarana powder at a health food store or pharmacy specialized in homeopathy, check that the container is watertight and has not suffered any damage. To ensure the integrity of the product, it should be stored away from light and moisture (never in the bathroom cabinet), at a temperature of not less than 15 ° C and not higher than 30 ° C, never in the refrigerator. Check the expiration date, and even if you have not finished the content, discard it if you have exceeded this date.