Guarana ': properties, uses and contraindications

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Guarana is a plant native to the Amazon region, typical of countries such as Venezuela and Brazil. Its Latin botanical name is Cuban Paullinia. Herbal extracts with interesting beneficial properties for health are obtained from it. Guarana is normally available in herbal shops in the form of a natural supplement.



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Il guarana it is a plant native to the Amazon region, typical of countries such as Venezuela and Brazil. Its Latin botanical name is Cuban Paullinia.

give this are derived herbal extracts with interesting beneficial properties for health. Guarana is normally available in herbal shops in the form of natural supplement.

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Properties of guarana

One of the major beneficial properties related to guarana concerns its energizing effects. Guarana would have a structure similar to that of caffeine and its effects on our body would be quite similar to what is caused by the substance normally contained in coffee. Since guarana is released into the body more slowly than caffeine, its effects would be more potent and longer lasting than caffeine. coffee.

Guarana stimulates the central nervous system and therefore its intake in small quantities could be useful to counteract the sense of fatigue and raise energy levels. Guarana would also have a calming effect compared to feeling of hunger and may be able to support the weight loss, as is the case with spices such as ginger or cinnamon.

Among property of guarana there is also its ability to encourage bowel movements, a positive effect that could be useful in case of constipation. It is also considered useful in the case of intestinal complications such as diarrhea or bloating, as it can contribute to detoxify and cleanse our intestinal system.

Guarana is indicated not only as a supplement with specific beneficial properties for our body, but also as a natural help for our mind. According to some studies, guarana would in fact help improve memory, to stabilize the mood and to give greater alertness e attention span.



Uses of guarana

Guarana is used not only for the production of natural supplements, but also in the making of energy drinks, especially aimed at sportsmen. The extracts used for the production of beverage supplements are normally derived from the berries of the guarana plant and its seeds.

La crafts more natural than guarana consists of a dried pasta obtained from the seeds of the plant. Commercially it can be found in the form of syrups, herbal extracts, pills or capsules, in some cases juxtaposed with other ingredients, depending on the purpose for which the supplements were formulated.

It can be used as an ingredient in supplements useful for promoting weight loss, due to its ability to stimulate the nervous system in starting the process of lipolysis, which allows the release of fats into the blood, so that they can be used to obtain energia during exercise.

Others usages of guarana include its use for the treatment of blood pressure, with particular reference to low blood pressure, for the prevention of malaria and dysentery. It is also used to stimulate the sexual desire, to increase urine flow and as an astringent.

In the food industry it can be used as a flavoring in beverages and confectionery. Some natural supplements see guarana accompanied by vitamins such as vitamin C and mineral salts such as magnesium. THE quantities to be taken they can vary according to the needs of each one. To know them it is good to contact your doctor or trusted herbalist.

Controindicazioni

Guarana intake usually comes contraindicated in pregnancy And in the children. The use of guarana must not take place for prolonged periods on one's own initiative, that is, without consulting the doctor's opinion. Guarana supplements should be kept out of the reach of children under the age of three. Its intake should not replace the good habit of following a healthy diet complete with all the necessary nutrients.



Guarana is also contraindicated duringnursing. It shouldn't be taken by allergic individuals either intolerant to caffeine or stimulants. An excessively high dosage of guarana It may cause anxiety, sleep disturbances, diarrhea, nervousness and stomach pains.

Marta Albè

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