In some parts of South America, Guarana is used instead of coffee as the stimulant of choice to enhance wakefulness and concentration. It also has some added benefits that have been confirmed by scientific research.
It has been used for thousands of years, originally by indigenous people living in the Amazon basin who used it to boost energy and reduce fatigue.
Guarana contains caffeine and numerous other substances that improve energy levels and focus. It has been shown to increase memory and alertness, as well as improve mood. It has also been used by athletes to enhance performance – it is often today used as a pre-workout supplement.
Since it can suppress the appetite, it has been used to help people lose weight. Guarana has also been found to have powerful anti-inflammatory properties. Since inflammation is behind so many of the biggest health problems, Guarana could potentially protect against a range of health problems.