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Guarana Seeds

  • Brand: Brazilian Forest
  • Product Code: Plantas Medicinais
  • Availability: In Stock

Guaraná (Paullinia cupana Kunth, Sapindaceae) is popularly used for a variety of therapeutic purposes, such as a stimulant of the nervous system in cases of physical or mental stress, an antidiarrheal, diuretic, antineuralgic agent, as well as febrifuge and painkiller to treat migraine. For centuries, guaraná seeds have been used by the tribe Saterê-Maué, indigenous natives of the Amazon Region, as a stimulant, remedie, beverage, and an antidote, among other purposes. Recently, in Western markets, the extract from the seeds of guaraná, is commonly used in high-energy foods and drinks and dietary supplements. However, a broad spectrum of medicinal activities is reported for P. cupana, ranging from stimulation of the central nervous system, in cases of physical or mental stress, to appetite suppression. It can also be used as an aphrodisiac and a treatment for impotence, as well as a medication to reduce fever, stimulate metabolism, induce antiplatelet, antioxidant and antibacterial activites. P. cupana has been used also in cosmetic preparations, and it has become a popular soft drink in Brazil. In the last two decades, guaraná has emerged as a key ingredient in various sports and high-energy drinks. Methylxanthines, including caffeine, cathechins, theophylline and theobromine, and tannins are compounds which are reported for this plant.

CONSTITUENTS: Guaraná seeds contain high amounts of methylxanthines and tannins, as well as saponins, starch, polysaccharides, pigments, fats and choline. The methylxanthines, specially caffeine, theophylline and theobromine, are found in different plant organs. The seeds of P. cupana are known to contain the highest natural dose of caffeine in the world (2 to 8%), some 3 to 5 times higher than that found in a Coffea arabica bean. Tannins are classified into condensed tannins, based on a flavonoid framework, and hydrolysable tannins, which are essentially galloyl esters of glucose. The total content of condensed tannins (procyanidins B1, B2, B3, B4, A2, and C1) in guaraná seeds has already been described in many papers. Other phenolic compounds found in guaraná seeds include epicatechin, catechin and ent-epicatechin, and these have been previously described. The seeds of guaraná also contain acylglycerols and cyanolipids, an unusual class of plant lipids restricted to only a few families.

LATIN NAME: Paullinia cupana Kunth

USED PARTS: Seeds

DRYING METHOD: Sun dried

ACTIVE INGREDIENTS: methylxanthines (caffeine, cathechins, theophylline and theobromine), tannins, saponins, starch, polysaccharides, pigments, fats and choline.

PROPERTIES: Roasted seed extracts have been used by native Amazonian tribesmen as an herbal beverage, based on its reputation as a stimulant, aphrodisiac, and tonic for headaches. Recently, it has been shown to promote weight loss, improve cognitive performance, as well as protect against DNA damage and gastric lesions. It is used for its antidepressant, antioxidant, and antibacterial effects and has been demonstrated to reduce the incidence and multiplicity of preneoplastic lesions induced by diethylnitrosamine in mouse liver. It is also an ingredient in some soft drinks, non-alcoholic beverages and cosmetics. Chemically, guaraná seeds mainly consist of methylxanthine derivatives, including caffeine, theophylline and theobromine, which have well-studied effects on the central nervous system. It also contains a high proportion of polyphenols and catechins.

PREPARATION: 

- One-half to one cup seed infusion 1-3 times daily 

- 1-3 ml of a 4:1 tincture twice daily; 

- 1-2 g of powdered seed in tablets or capsules (or stirred into water or juice) 1-3 times daily. Therapeutic dosages are reported to be 4-5 g daily. 

- Guaraná powdered extracts are concentrated and standardized to the caffeine content (between 10% and 22%). Do not exceed the equivalent of 15 to 70mg of caffeine per day.

APPLICATIONS: Nutraceuticals, dietary supplements, phytoterapics, food supplements, food supplements, functional foods, medical food, energy foods, energy drinks, pharmaceuticals uses.

PRECAUTIONS: Not to be used during pregnancy or while breast-feeding. Guaraná contains caffeine and should not be used by those who are sensitive or allergic to caffeine or xanthines. Excessive consumption of caffeine is contraindicated for persons with high blood pressure, cardiac disorders, diabetes, ulcers, epilepsy, and other disorders. 



For educational purposes only. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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