GUARANA Seed.....The seed they say is better than coffee
Botanical: Paullinia cupana
Family: Sapindaceae (soapberry)
Other common names: Brazilian Cocoa, Paullinia, Uabano, Guarana Bread, Paullinia Sorbilis, Uaranzeiro, Brazilian Chocolate
Guarana has been called the elixir of youth, the life force of the
Amazonian Indian and the Brazilian answer to a lack lustre love life.
Behind the media talk, Guarana is a serious product with many diverse
benefits - particularly in our time, when fatigue and stress so often
combine to diminish our immune defences, over-load the adrenal system
and cause difficulties in our emotional lives.
The information presented herein is intended for educational purposes only. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, cure, treat or prevent disease. Individual results may vary, and before using any supplements, it is always advisable to consult with your own health care provider.
Michael Van Straten, Britain's best known practitioner of
complementary medicine, recently wrote a book on Guarana. Here we
review some extracts from his highly informative work on the subject.
"Of all the medicinal plants of the Brazilian rainforest, the best
known is Guarana or, to give it it's proper name, Paullinia Cupana. It
has been known to the rainforest Indians since time immemorial and
found its way to Europe through the early explorers in the latter part
of the 17th Century. There is a growing body of modern scientific
evidence to show that Guarana is indeed a valuable therapeutic plant
possessing considerable benefits and producing virtually no
side-effects. It has a long history of traditional use by the
rainforest Indians and was enthusiastically adopted by most of the
early European visitors to the Amazon basin.
The earliest reports of the value of Guarana came from a
missionary called Bettendorf. In 1669 he wrote of the way in which the
Indians used the plant to help them cope with the extreme heat, to
carry them through long journeys, to suppress the appetite and to
relieve headaches, fevers and cramps.
For the Indians its medicinal value and the plant way in which this plant stimulates the brain and keeps the body active and vital, is
nothing less than a miracle. To survive in the hot, humid and hostile
environment where they live, alertness and vigour are essential. It is
their dependance on Guarana which they believe helps them in their
continuing battle against the jungle.
The seeds are harvested and processed as they have been for
generations. First they are soaked to remove the outer husks, then they
are washed, dried, crushed and roasted over wood fires. The next step
is to bake them into sticks of hard 'bread' which are easy to carry.
Traditionally the day starts with a cup of Guarana tea.
The Guarana now thrives, flowers and gives up its seeds all
over the Amazon region. Local residents even grow it in their back
gardens. This 'elixer of youth', as the Indians know it, presents the
scientists with a paradox. The natives use it for a number of opposite
reasons: it increases physical stamina and reduces the appetite; it is
an effective treatment for constipation; it improves tolerence to heat
and humidity and can be a cooling refreshing drink.
One of the main constituents of Guarana is a chemical called
gauranine. This is similar in structure to caffeine, which explains its
tonic and stimulating effects. There have been attempts to isolate the
active ingredient and use it as a medicine. But as so often happens,
the Indians only ever use the whole seed and this works without any
side effects. Though the caffeine-like properties are present, in
combination with the other ingredients in the plant, have a gentle and
The tannin content is relatively high too, and this explains why
Guarana is so good for the treatment of diarrhea and digestive
problems. What is more, there are potent saponons, similar to those
found in ginseng. It is these that balance the stimulation produced by
guaranine. I am certain that Guarana tea is a good substitute for tea
and coffee. It will provide that lift which we have come to expect, but
in a much gentler and longer-lasting way. It could be useful for those
who need to avoid caffeine and those with migraine or high blood
pressure who feel like a light stimulant at sometime during the day.
The Indians say that Guarana prevents and combats fatigue, stimulates
brain function, aids concentration, relieves headaches and menstrual
pain, helps the body get rid of water, combats the discomfort of
extreme heat, speeds recovery after illness and reduces appetite.
So, who can benefit from the 'secret eyes' from the jungle?
Anyone under stress or pressure - of examinations, interviews, work or
social functions. And it can be used at times of illness, during
convalescence or after childbirth. Athletes, walkers, climbers,
cyclists- anyone needing to maintain high levels of energy over
extended periods when it might not be practical or possible to consume
food- will find it useful.
HELPS COMBAT EXHAUSTION.
One highly disturbing trend in the pattern of health and disease has
become a problem of growing magnitude since the mid-1980's. This is the
ever-increasing number of patients consulting their doctors because of
feelings of exhaustion and fatigue, to such an extent that this is now
the commonest reason for patients to visit their family doctor.
Chronic fatigue is a common symptom of depression and it is most
unfortunate that all too often these poor patients hare out of the
surgery with nothing more than a prescription for
anti-depressants-after all, writing a prescription is the quickest way
of ending the consultation.
Certainly some of these patients will be suffering from
clinical depression. But the vast majority are not. Even when they do
get depressed, that depression may well be the result of some
underlying problem. Who would not feel depressed after weeks or months
of being too tired to get up and shave in the morning, or too tired to
make breakfast for the children, or so utterly worn out that the effort
of getting dressed is too daunting even to contemplate? In situations
like these the depression is the effect and not the cause of the
THE NATURAL BUZZ OF BRAZIL. IS IT ALL IN THE MIND?
Young people have taken Guarana to their hearts. This is especially
true amongst the frequenters of discos, dance clubs and raves in
England and America. In London, Leeds and Liverpool: in New York, New
Orleans and Nashville: these energetic enthusiasts are turning away
from booze and getting their kicks and the energy to dance away the
night from Guarana.
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