Guarana (what it is)

What is guarana?

When looking at energy drinks you usually see this ingredient, do you really know what it is?

Guarana is a climbing plant that is native to South America in the Amazon basin and usually associated with Brazil. Even though guarana has flowers and large leaves, it is known most for the fruit it produces that is about the size of a coffee bean. The fruit are small, bright-red, and contains black seeds. Each piece of fruit usually contains a guarana seed that has approximately 3x the caffeine of a coffee bean.

Guarana = concentrated caffeine!



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  1. Crown

    Hello,
    Caffeine and guarana are related, but also chemically different and have a VERY big difference as to how they end up affecting the body as far as energy generation. Caffeine, as coffee drinkers know, has a “spike” or “bump” in energy levels, but guarana has a slow even burn, since it is different in composition. It is classified within the xanthine category, along with mate, another South American drink.

    Guarana is similar to theobromine, which is found in real chocolate and gives that “feel good ” effect.

    http://www.xocoatl.org/caffeine.htm

    Thanks.

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