Guarana (Paullinia cupana)

Guarana is a native species of South America and has stimulating properties when taken by mouth. Guarana is also used to enhance athletic performance and to reduce fatigue. It has been used in the past as an aphrodisiac, diuretic, astringent, and to prevent malaria and dysentery, diarrhea, fever, headache, and rheumatism.

Guarana is primarily used to boost energy. It has two times more caffeine than coffee beans, with its content rate at 2-5%. Guarana can be found in many commercialised products including soft drinks, energy shots and capsules. It can also be found in herbal tea.

Guarana’s popularity began in Brazil, where it can be found in the soft drink, Guarana Antarctica. Only Coca Cola sells more than Guarana Antarctica in Brazil. Many people outside of South America may not realise it, but Brazil is one of the largest consuming soft drink countries in the world. That, combined with Guarana originating there, has led to the large consumption of this popular stimulant. Guarana is one of the most popular forms of caffeine intake throughout South America.

Guarana can be found in nearly one hundred drinks worldwide, including Monster, AMP, Rip It, Jolt Cola, and Mountain Dew MDX. There are a faction of people who steer clear of these types of drinks due to caffeine, but they’re most likely unaware of the benefits, which in addition to the ones listed above, also include antioxidant and antibacterial effects. Perhaps they steer clear of these drinks due to high sugar content, artificial sweeteners or other unwanted ingredients that often accompany Guarana!