Hey Lyfe Tea, What is Guarana?
Posted on 09 January 2017
One of the most common questions Lyfe Tea receives is, Does this have Caffeine? Our Morning Tea does contain natural caffeine, but you are getting so much more! Guarana is a plant named for the Guarani tribe in the Amazon, who used the seeds to brew a drink. This is what inspired its use in our tea.
Guarana is most commonly used for weight loss, to enhance athletic performance, as a stimulant, and to reduce mental and physical fatigue. Some people also use guarana to treat low blood pressure and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), and to prevent malaria and dysentery. It is also used to enhance sexual desire, to increase urine flow, and as an astringent.
Other uses include treatment of ongoing diarrhea, fever, heart problems, headache, joint pain, backache, and heat stress.
How does it work?
Guarana contains caffeine. Caffeine works by stimulating the central nervous system(CNS), heart, and muscles. Guarana also contains theophylline and theobromine, which are chemicals similar to caffeine.
The Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics "published in June 2001 a study showing the average weight loss of 5 kg in a group that drank a mixture of yerba mate, guarana and damiana, compared with an average of 0.5 kg loss in a placebo group after 45 days.
A university study in Brazil of guarana extract showed a 37% decrease in the formation of thromboxane from arachidonic acid. This conclusion is significant in reducing heart attacks, since the excess thromboxane formation may develop arterial failure, resulting in a heart attack or ischemic damage.
In 1997 a study from the effects of guarana in physical activity of rats showed increased memory retention and improved physical performance compared to placebo.
Other studies have shown its antioxidant, antiseptic and reducing the
Fat cells (when combined with conjugated linoleic acid).