Guarana is a caffeine rich beverage from South America. In Brazil it is made into a popular cola drink known as Brazilian Cocoa which is used for energy and stimulation. Also used as a systemic cleanser, nervine tonic, anti-fatigue stimulant and is known to reduce hunger, help alleviate PMS symptoms and has a reputation as an aphrodisiac.
A nut-like seed of a climbing vine that primarily grows in Brazil. The guaraná plant has divided compound leaves and flowers yellow panicles during the driest months of the year, the fruit ripening about two to three months later. The fruit is pear shaped, three sided, has three-celled capsules with thin partitions and in each a seed like a small horse-chestnut half enclosed in an aril. The seeds form a bunch. When ripe, the fruit is red, with some orange and yellow tones. The fruit then partially opens, showing part of the seeds.
the seeds of this South American plant are a source of guaranine and are widely used for their stimulating effect. It is a central nervous system stimulant said to increase alertness and help fight fatigue.
Guarana or GuaranÃ¡ (, or ), Paullinia cupana (syn. P. crysan, P. sorbilis), is a shrub or small tree in the Sapindaceae family, native to Venezuela and northern Brazil. The seed of the GuaranÃ¡ fruit is a central nervous system stimulant with thermogenic and diuretic properties.