Guarana Benefits Help Boost Brain Power
Guarana benefits the brain by providing a boost to overall mental energy.
It is a South American fruit with seeds that are about the size of coffee beans. However, guarana seeds contain more than twice as much caffeine by volume as coffee beans, which makes them the preferred caffeine source of many popular energy drinks. In fact, guarana seeds contain more caffeine than any other plant in the world, with levels ranging from 2% to 7.5%. Guarana supplements are “generally recognized as safe” (GRAS) by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
What is Guarana?
Shamans and tribal people in the Amazon rainforest, where the guarana vine originated, have taken advantage of guarana’s stimulating and hunger-reducing properties for hundreds of years. In the 17th century, the Jesuit missionary Joao Felipe Betendor noted that guarana gave tribe members “so much energy, that when hunting, they could go from one day to the next without feeling hungry.” Brazil even created a national soft drink containing guarana as far back as 1909, and more recently it has been widely adopted in the United States, where it is used in energy and sports drinks.
In addition to caffeine, guarana contains small amounts of theophylline and theobromine, a chemical that is also found in cacao beans and products made from them, such as chocolate. While similar to caffeine, these compounds produce subtly different effects on the body. Guarana also contains tannins, found in some wines, which researchers say may cause the caffeine in guarana to release slowly, thereby producing a long-lasting energy boost without the familiar crash you may experience a few hours after drinking a cup of coffee.
Guarana VS Traditional Caffeine
Caffeine is one of the better-known smart drugs or nootropics because it increases your alertness and concentration, so it makes sense to include it in any comprehensive brain health supplementation program. However, it may be counter- indicated if you are sensitive to caffeine, and it’s also a good idea not to consume it too close to bedtime–unless, that is, you’re one of the lucky people for whom caffeine doesn’t have a negative effect on sleep.
Guarana benefits overall health in a number of ways. While it is most commonly known as being a high-quality caffeine supplement that increases energy, Guarana benefits the body in other ways, too.
Guarana benefits include:
- Increases the ability to burn fat
- Increases overall production of physical and mental energy
- More effective at producing energy than regular caffeine or coffee because it is slowly released in the body providing a more sustained energy
- Fights fatigue
- Helps to increase activity levels
- Can serve as an appetite suppressant and help weight loss
- Promotes healthy bowels, helping to detoxify and cleanse the body
Additional ALCAR Benefits
The guarana found in the iQ2 brain supplement is high quality and works synergistically with the other ingredients in the formula to help potentiate their effects. You will experience a noticeable boost in energy and alertness with the unique iQ2 combination of nootropic ingredients.