Caffeine is a way of life in modern western culture. The philosopher Terence McKenna once jokingly quipped that if caffeine were to disappear from the western diet the economy might collapse due to no one getting any work done! Here at Mountain Rose Herbs, we certainly enjoy our organic black and green teas, organic yerba mate, and even organic, fairly traded coffee. Some of us like to get creative with our caffeine intake, and guarana seed offers an excellent alternative.
What is Guarana?
Guarana is a member of the maple family, is native to the Amazon basin, and is especially common in Brazil. Guarana seeds have more caffeine per weight than any plant material on earth, almost three times as much as coffee beans! That’s why you’ll often find guarana extract in many of the energy drinks on the market. In addition to caffeine, guarana seed also contains theobromine and other xanthine alkaloids. Guarana provides a clean energy boost, sharpened mental clarity, and does not give you a “crash” similar to coffee.
Guarana is known as “national drink” in Brazil and has been regarded by the Indians of the Amazon basin for thousands of years as a source of youth, beauty, and longevity. Guarana is rich in xanthine derivatives (alkaloids, caffeine), amino acids, tannins, proteins, vitamins, minerals, etc. It was refreshing, nourishing yin and yang, controlling appetite, relieving abdominal pain, and recovering. Physical strength, energy supplement, and improved body function.
Caffeine is the main functional ingredient in guarana seeds, which has the effect of exciting the body and relieving fatigue, and this effect is more moderate. Guarana has an astringent effect and can be used to treat diarrhea.
The guarana seeds are baked and ground into a brown powder, then added with water, stirred into a paste, and then kneaded and shaped to form a guarana rod, which becomes dark red after drying. Guarana rods are crushed for beverage production.
Guarana is also used in sports foods to enhance athletes’ physical fitness and endurance.
Guarana extract main market application
Guarana extract has learned from the market research of planting nets that the use of guarana extract is used in functional beverages, sports drinks, energy bars, fruit drinks, jelly drinks, milk, dietary supplements, and pharmaceuticals.