Guarana Has Weight Loss Effects Just Like Caffeine

Published:August 3rd, 2010

Guarana is a berry native to Venezuela and Brazil. Guarana plays an important part in the culture of the Guarani tribe living in Brazil, and they were the ones who gave the name to the shrub. To them, Guarana is a magical herb that helps them regain strength and is also used as a treatment for bowel problems. Its biological name is Paullinia Cupana.

Guarana’s taste is unique and it had huge success in Brazil as a soft drink. This success has prompted companies such as Coca Cola and Pepsi to start manufacturing a guarana soda variety. In Brazil, Guarana is used in chocolate bars, chewing gum and syrup.
Guaranine is the main ingredient of Guarana and it is similar to caffeine. Guaranine is caffeine bound to a tannin or phenol.

Xanthines, such as caffeine are bound to sugars, phenols or tannins in a living plant, and the substances are set free when the beans are roasted.

Caffeine suppresses the appetite, which is very helpful if you wish to lose weight. Guarana seeds contain more of this substance than coffee beans.

They are also rich in tannins and xanthine alkaloids.

The xanthine alkaloids are responsible for the therapeutic effects of Guarana. It can stimulate the heart and the central nervous system, enhancing alertness and reducing the effects of fatigue. It is also a strong diuretic. Guarana is also rich in antioxidants.

Caffeine is known to be helpful in the fat burning process called lypolysis. Fat cells are encouraged to release fat into the bloodstream to be used as energy.

One Customer Review of “Guarana Has Weight Loss Effects Just Like Caffeine”

Comment by Debra Murrow, May 27, 2011

I love guarana seed, it’s amazing – I drink it every morning in my Verve, it’s smooth and time released, plus helps me not to eat right away. It helps me jump on my cross country ski machine and get a pumped up work out. Love it. dlm

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