Updated: Feb 16, 2019
Most of my friends would down shots of tequila…but I'm getting high on chocolate! But it turns out raw, ceremonial grade cacao has been used for centuries to unlock euphoric states, release negative emotions, and connect to pure heart energy. It’s thought cacao was first used as a health elixir and ceremonial medicine as far back as 1900 BC by the ancestors of Central America, the Olmec people, before becoming a ritualistic medicine used by the Aztec and Mayan cultures. Signifying both life and fertility, it was ingested by Royalty in ceremonial God worship and in sacrificial ritual.
But lets focus on the guarana version, where we have a spotlight on the superfood guarana.
Amazonian guarana is one powerful stress-buster. This jungle plant derivative is an adaptogen, which means it can help bring the body back into balance when under physical or emotional duress. Just a pinch of guarana can quicken your mental reflexes, enhance your athletic performance and increase your metabolism – which might even help you shed those stubborn holiday pounds.
While it does contain caffeine, guarana does not stress the adrenal glands – making those anxious caffeine shakes a thing of the past. Guarana’s plethora of minerals, polyphenols (powerful antioxidants), and saponins (natural antibiotics) support optimal organ health, gland function and immune system strength, which all work in tandem to offset caffeine’s otherwise negative side effects.
Guarana is classified as a metabolic stimulant, which means it helps consumers burn more calories throughout the day because of its caffeine contents .
Overall, it increases fat (lipid) metabolism, enhances weight loss, and increases the amount of energy used for basic metabolic function, such as breathing and digestion.
Guarana Contributes to Heart Health & Acts as a Blood Thinner
Guarana extracts can also protect the heart. This effect is derived from its ability toprevent blood cell clumping.guarana prevented hardening of the arteries. It also had antioxidant and protective effects against fat accumulation and formation
Helps with Digestion
Guara, therefore, offers a protective effect from gut problems associated with obesity, gut bleeding associated with hypertension, and irritable bowel syndrome, which is positively linked to metabolic syndrome. Guarana has been used for centuries as a natural stomach tonic to treat digestive problems like chronic diarrhea and constipation .
It may have anti-diarrhea properties because it’s rich in tannins, or plant-based antioxidants.
Tannins are known for their astringency, which means they can bind and contract tissue. This allows tannins to waterproof the walls of your digestive tract, restricting how much water is secreted into your bowels
Rich in Antioxidants
The extract of guarana seeds possess free radical -scavenging and have an antioxidant effect. These antioxidant activities may be related to the high concentrations of tannins in the seeds.
So we now know: Guarana has been used by Amazonian tribes for its therapeutic effects for centuries.
Guarana is commonly touted for its ability to reduce fatigue, boost energy and aid learning and memory. It has also been linked to better heart health, weight loss, pain relief, healthier skin, lower cancer risk and a decreased risk of age-related eye diseases.
It’s widely available as a supplement and can be easily added to your diet.
Most research shows that doses between 50–75 mg of guarana are sufficient to provide you with health benefits, though there is no official dosage recommendation.
Whether you want to boost your energy levels or simply improve your overall health, guarana may be worth a try.