We all can’t stop telling-n-sharing the goodness of herbal plants. But this is a plant which is found exclusively in some parts of Venezuela and Brazil. It is guarana, which does everything to enhance your skin, beauty, and hair.
The berries of Guarana come with endless health benefits. It also burns fat and increases energy, among other benefits. Today, Guarana is being commonly used in energy drinks and sports nutrition drinks due to its energizing effects. And it is a confirmed alternative to coffee, so you should definitely give Guarana a try.
Before you consume guarana, consult your health-care provider for complete information about it, the form in which it needs to be taken, the dosage and its effects/side-effects.
Let us now start educating ourselves about Benefits of Guarana.
What Is Guarana?
It is a climbing plant in the maple family. Features include large leaves and clusters of flowers. But the goodness of Guarana lies in its fruit, which is virtually the size of a coffee bean.
The Guarana seeds are rich in caffeine (the caffeine content is 4 to 8 percent), which is more than coffee beans itself (which contain approx. 1 to 2.5 percent caffeine). The seeds are rich in tannins, to mention a few. The color of Guarana fruits varies from brown to red and has black seeds, partly covered by white arils.
You must be wondering of the forms in which Guarana is available. Well, there are many forms: Guarana seeds, tablets, smoothie, tea. So you see, the guarana seed uses are not one, but many. All energy freaks will love hearing about the fact that Guarana is an ingredient used in sodas, energy drinks, and other beverages. In fact, it can be used to make homemade energy bars. In order to create your own Guarana powder, roast high-quality seeds under high heat for 10 minutes and then grind them in a food processor. You can also buy it online.
Do you know, what is ‘Guarana Blast’? It is Guarana in pill form, which serves as a weight loss supplement.
Nutritive Value Of Guarana
100 gm of Guarana contains the following:
|Vitamin A||133 mg|
|Vitamin C||90 mg|
Top Health Benefits Of Guarana:
Briefly, here is how Guarana proves to be a multi-beneficial plant:
- Increases energy
- Speeds up metabolism
- Burns fat cells
- Mental alertness
- Relieves headaches
- Decreases appetite
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One of the most powerful benefits of Guarana is the energising effects it brings – many times more than coffee. In fact, Guarana gets released slowly into the body (not like a jet) giving you sustained energy. It should be taken in small doses to increase alertness, fight fatigue and increase the activity levels.
2. Weight Loss:
Guarana is being used since primitive times to make teas that suppress hunger for weight loss. It is also used in certain types of energy drinks and weight loss supplements to aid weight loss.
3. Bowel Health:
According to published sources, Guarana facilitates bowel movement, which is beneficial for those suffering from constipation. In addition, Guarana also treats other bowel complications, such as gas and diarrhea.
Guarana has more antioxidants than green tea, with catechin as the main compound. The catechins reduce stress from oxidation as a result from diseases that crop up such as cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular conditions. The high anti-oxidant content in Guarana prevents premature ageing and inflammation. It also acts as a natural antibiotic.
5. Mental Focus:
If you thought drinking one cup black coffee in the morning is enough to give your mind the focus it needs, think again. Consuming Guarana can “better” the same benefits, provided by coffee. Guarana has stimulants that keep your mind awake, lasting for several hours.
6. Prevents Hair Loss:
Guarana for hair? Yes! The nutrients in Guarana fight the scalp infections and thereby prevent hair loss. It also boosts growth of new hair on the scalp and leaves it looking good and shiny.
7. Enhances Skin Tone:
All of you might be wondering how guarana for skin is possible. Daily consumption improves the skin tone making it look fairer and shinier. Guarana also shields the skin from minor scars and infections.
8. Good Moisturiser:
Our skin faces many a dehydration due to UV rays and season change. Guarana seeds are high in antioxidants, which helps it replenish the skin tissue and do away with dry and cracked look. That is the promise of Guarana for beauty.
When To Avoid Guarana
It is important to know the side effects too. Do not consume Guarana if you are facing the following:
- Heart disease
- Digestion problems
In the event your doctor gives you the “green” signal to add Guarana to your diet, then ideally this is what you should do – look for companies that sell “wildcrafted” guarana powder. Anything special about this type of Guarana powder? Yeah, it means their product is “organic” and has gone through stringent preservation methods and quality checks to seal the nutrients and the flavour.
How To Make Guarana Energy Smoothie:
There is nothing better than a smoothie to make the most of Guarana’s health benefits and nutrition. Plus, it helps you get rid of Guarana’s bitter flavour, too.
- 1 tsp. of homemade guarana powder
- 1 cup organic coconut milk or raw grass-fed milk
- 2 ripe organic pears
Blend all the ingredients until smooth and of fine consistency. Your Guarana smoothie is ready to sip.
How did you find this unique herbal plant Guarana and its medicinal and beauty uses? Write in comments and tell us. Don’t forget to ask your doc at your next visit, if supplementing with Guarana is right for you!