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What is guarana?
Guarana is a climbing plant native to Brazil. Although the plant can be found widely within the Amazon rainforest, it is the fruit and more specifically the seeds that is what have made it so popular and classed as a superfood. Originating from the word Guaraní which means "fruit like the eyes of the people" in Tupi-Guarani, the fruits of the this plant are said to be ‘eye-like’ in looks due to its brown/red outer, white arils and black seeds. Traditionally, the Sateré-Maué tribe would grind the seeds into a fine powder to be used in foods including herbal teas and bread. Its seeds were an ideal food source for them due to its nutritional value and ability to help provide natural energy for long journeys and hunting. They also used the plant in a number of herbal medicines to aid a variety of ailments.
It was only in the 16th century that the plant was discovered by European colonisers and the plant was brought to the Western world. Its fruit has been used for centuries by Amazonian tribes, it is only recently since 1958 that guarana has been produced and sold commercially. Originally it was used in soft drinks and energy drinks due to it’s natural caffeine content as well as a natural flavouring agents in drinks. Nowadays though it has become popular within the health and wellbeing community as a powerful superfood and a natural way to help give your body an energy boost without having to resort to chemical drugs or sugary carbonated drinks.
What is guarana extract?
Guarana extract is a concentrated form taken from the fruit and is what is used to make many of the Western health products including powder and supplements. As it would be pretty difficult for those us not living within the Amazon rainforest to include its fruit into our daily diets, the extract taken from the fruit allows us to receive the benefits of the fruit without the hassle in a still completely natural way.
It can have many great benefits for our health which is what has made it so popular as a superfood. Here are some of its potential benefits:
- Can provide a natural energy boost
- Helps to suppress the appetite
- Contributes to healthy weight loss
- Aids the detoxing of the digestive system
- May relieve the symptoms of bloating and constipation
- Nutrient dense superfood - full of vitamins, minerals and amino acids
Where to buy guarana
Here at WeightWorld we offer both powder and supplements so that you can easily add this amazing superfood into your daily diet and routine. Our products here at WeightWorld are all completely natural and do not have any fillers, binders or artificial products. We only want to give you the best with your superfoods and guarana is no exception!