Guarana Herb - Uses And Side Effects
Various cultures have used guarana, partly for its high caffeine content (which exceeds that of coffee or tea). In the 19th century, the French popularized a guarana drink. Others have mixed it with alcohol for a unique beverage.
In Central and South America, parts of the guarana plant are used to poison fish. The Amazon Indians crush the seeds and combine them with cassava flour to make a paste. They roll the paste into sticks, dry them, and grind them on a bone inside the tongue of a large fish or on a stone, making a powder that they mix with water and drink.
Common doses of guarana
nutritional supplements, candies, and chewing gum. Guarana also comes as teas, alcoholic extracts, elixirs, capsules, and tablets of various strengths.
Uses of guarana herb
Guarana is a high energy source that increases mental alertness, fights fatigue, slows the pulse, decreases the appetite, and is an excellent mood elevator. This herb can also be used as a nervine tonic for hangovers, menstrual headaches, and neuralgia. Specifically, guarana may help to :-
Side effects of guarana
Call your health care practitioner if you experience any of these possible side effects of guarana:
Excessively large guarana doses can cause:
Taking more than 1 gram of caffeine may cause toxic symptoms, such as agitation, irritability, tremors, irregular heartbeats, and seizures. An oral dose of 5 to 10 grams of caffeine may cause death.
Abrupt withdrawal after regular daily consumption of guarana may lead to anxiety, headache, and irritability.
Combining herbs with certain drugs may alter their action or produce unwanted side effects. Tell your health care practitioner about any prescription or nonprescription drugs you're taking, especially:
Important paints to remember
What the research shows
Although guarana is probably as safe as coffee, tea, and colas, it may provide unwanted extra caffeine. Many products, including weight-loss and body-building supplements, contain guarana as an unlisted ingredient. Guarana elixirs may contain more caffeine than powdered guarana products.
Other names for guarana: -
Other names for guarana include Brazilian cocoa, guarana gum, guarana paste, and zoom.
Products containing guarana are sold under such names Guarana Plus, Guarana Rush, Happy Motion, Superguarana, and Zoom.
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