Guarana 20% extract powder - Paullinia cupana
Botanical name: Paullinia cupana
Other names: Guarana vine, Brazilian cocoa, guarana kletterstrauch, guaranastruik, quarana, quarane, cupana, uabano, uaranzeiro
Distribution: central Amazonia
Traditionally used for its potent stimulating effects and aphrodisiac properties.
The Guarana plant is a woody climber that can reach 10 metres in height, although usually it adopts a shrubby habit, growing to a maximum 2 to 3 metres in height.
The use of Guarana, which the Indians regard as a gift from the gods, is said to have been discovered by the Amazonian Satéré-Mawé tribe and to have a tradition dating back thousands of years. A drink made of water and the ground fruits of the guarana vine was originally consumed by shamans so that they could acquire secret knowledge. Many Indians use guarana drinks, which they call “elixirs of eternal youth”, as a hunting drug. The Amazonian Indians have known of the plant and its stimulating products for centuries.
In Europe, however, reports of the jungle vine did not appear until the mid-17th century. The plant became better known through Alexander von Humboldt, who became acquainted with both the plant and the drink during his travels from the Orinoco to the Rio Negro. The high caffeine content was detected numerous times. Today, guarana is increasingly being exported to Europe, both as agent of pleasure and for pharmaceutical processing. Guarana has become popular coffee substitute, and it has played a significant role in the development of energy drinks.
According to the mythology of the Brazilian Tupi Indians, the guarana plant had a shamanic origin. The shamaness Omniamasabé, who possessed a very comprehensive knowledge of the “real world that is hidden to humans”, was impregnated in the forest solitude by the snake god Mboy. Shortly thereafter, she gave birth to a son. Her jealous brothers enlisted a hostile shaman to kill the son. This shaman drank ayahuasca and transformed himself into an Ara parrot. In this form, he searched and killed the boy. As the tears of the mother poured over the body, it was transformed into the guarana vine. Since that time, shamans eat the guarana fruits so that they may be initiated into the secrets of the knowledgeable shamaness Omniamasabé.
For the Indians, this story also explains the plant’s abilities to help a person stay awake. The fruit’s eyelike shape is interpreted as a kind of signature for a mystical vision. Because of this, the plant has certain significance as a shamanic plant and is ingested when diagnosing diseases. For this reason, the Indians do not pick the guarana berries until the first “eye” has opened. Some Amazonian Indians also use guarana for ritual fasts.
Traditional and actual uses
Guarana seeds have a long history of usage as a stimulant by Amazonian tribesman. The stimulant properties are generally assumed to reflect the presence of caffeine, which comprises 2.5-7% of the extract's dry weight (our extract has been standardized to 20% of caffeine...): Guarana has one of the highest caffeine contents of all plants. However, the psychoactive properties of Guarana may also be attributable to a relatively high content of other potentially psychoactive components, including saponins and tannins. This may also account for antioxidant properties of the plant.
Guarana gives energy and motivation in case of sleep deprivation and memory defects. It also have cognitive benefits: guarana improves mood with increases in alertness and cognitive ability. With regard to long-term consumption, studies have found that guarana is beneficial for the treatment of mental fatigue and concentration issues. Further, extended intake of Guarana has been associated with enhanced sporting performance.
It is said to have many many more health benefits: Anti-carcinogenic, antioxidant, carcinogenic, cardiovascular, cognitive, energy, gastrointestinal, genotoxic, hepatotoxic, hyperglycemic, hypertensive, immunosuppressant, mutagenic, platelet aggregation, psychoactivity effects, radioactivity, thermogenic.
Herbs to take with guarana to boost its therapeutic properties : Ginkgo biloba, Panax ginseng, Liquorice, Ashwangandha, Brahmi.
Guarana has been found to contain purine alkaloids, 3-10% caffeine, methylxanthine, <1% theophylline or theobromine, and 12% non-hyrolyzable tannins (catechin and epicatechin).
Our Guarana 20% powder extract
Our Guarana extract is a standardized extract of the seeds of Paullinia cupana to obtain 20% of caffeine.
Our products are of the highest quality but they have not been certified by the FDA neither Health Canada for human consumption. Our products are not intended to diagnose, treat and cure or prevent disease. It is not sold for human consumption. They are sold for incense, soap or cosmetic making purposes, decorative purposes and/or legitimate ethnobotanical research. The information given about the plants is for academic purposes only and not intended to be used medically. TrancePlants, its suppliers, agents, employees and distributors cannot be held accountable for any misuse of the products offered.
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