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What is Guarana Good For?

Updated on July 28, 2012

What Is Guarana?

Before I list the benefits and the side effects of guarana, it is probably good that I give a little bit of background about what guarana is.  I had heard about it before but I was surprised to find out that it is a fruit that has 3 times more caffeine than coffee or tea!

It comes from a woody, climbing plant that is native to the Amazon.  This plant can grow to a height of 33 feet!  We're talking about a plant!  During the months of January and February, this plant begins to bear fruit about the size of a grape.  Each of these fruits contain one or two seeds, which are separated from the fruit and ground down into powder.  This powder is what contains the caffeine and it is then mixed with water or cocoa and manioc and made into a drink.


Brazilian Indians loved this type of drink for its therapeutic value and it was especially good for combating fatigue.  It is said that it is also a good sedative for the heart and it is effective as a remedy for arteriosclerosis, which is the hardening of the arteries.  It's good for someone who is suffering from diarrhea, migraines, dysentery, neuralgia, or nerve pain.  But it is also great as a tonic to boost your energy as a stimulant, plus it may even help someone with weight loss, so it is used as an appetite suppressant.

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Guarana-Side Effects

Because Guarana has such a high concentration of caffeine in it, it can be very dangerous for anyone that suffers from heart problems or who has high blood pressure.  It can cause restlessness and sleep disorders in some people.  Some rare side effects are difficulty breathing, swelling of the lips, tongue, and face, and has been linked to irregular heartbeats or chest pain.

So this stuff, even though is probably normally pretty effective stuff, it can have some shaky side effects that you want to keep an eye on if you decide to take it.

Where Can You Buy Guarana?

You can get it in a pill or you can even get it in a soda by a company call Antarctica. Weird, a company called Antarctica selling a product that is from the Amazon. In addition, there are many new products available with guarana, even drinks with alcohol. You can Click Here to view some of the products available. I have no affiliation with this product or any other products advertised on this hub, I just used Google to search where you can get guarana and placed text link here for easy access

Guarana-Benefits and Side Effects Conclusion

Well, if you are looking for a boost in energy or if you are suffering from any of the ailments that I list in this article you may want to give Guarana a try.

If you are at all hesitant about taking this product, I cannot stress this enough:  Check with your doctor first!


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    • Playdoh profile image

      Playdoh 7 years ago from Michigan

      Oh wow, so that's why the energy drinks put it in there. That is just unreal amounts of caffine.

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      Jerad Maplethorpe 7 years ago from Minneapolis, Minn.

      Cool. Never really knew what this stuff was.