Guarana kletterstrauch, guaranastruik, quarana, quarane, cupana, Brazilian cocoa, uabano, uaranzeiro
Guarana has been used for years in India as a heart tonic and a blood thinning agent, and interestingly western scientists have recently patented an extract of Guarana as capable of "inhibiting platelet aggregation", which basically means capable of thinning the blood, preventing the formation of clots and breaking down already formed clots. So as a cardio tonic it would seem that Guarana could be of great help in heart disease.
It has a nervine action and is known as a calming yet uplifting tonic, boosting energy levels, enhancing memory and increasing physical endurance. It is thought to be more effective than coffee or ginseng at creating instant energy boost to body and mind and it is an anti-oxidant.
It was traditionally used for headaches, migraine, pain relief, neuralgia, lumbago and rheumatism and it is now known in western herbalism to be good for:
Increasing the libido
Boosting energy levels
Dilates blood vessels
Soothes the nerves
Fights free radicals
Thins the blood
Prevents heart disease.
It is known to be good as part of a weight loss plan, as it can speed up the metabolism, suppress hypoglycaemia, balance blood glucose levels, burn fat
and create a feeling of fullness.
Guarana has been popularised and used in many energy drinks, protein bars and miracle herbal formulas, however it is important to look out for standardization, as unfortunately sometimes the products are pumped full of chemical caffeine.