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Brazilian Cocoa, Uabano

(Paullinia Cupana)

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    Guarana (Paullinia cupana), is also known as Guarana Seed, Guarana Herb, Pure Guarana, Brazilian Guarana, Brazilian Cocoa, Guarana Berry, and Uabano.

    Guarana seed is known to botanists as Paullinia Cupana, and is part of a botanical family that includes the maple and the horse chestnut. Unlike its temperate relatives however, pure guarana seed is a natural herb produced from a climbing shrub native to Brazil's Amazon basin. Guarana features large leaves with clusters of flowers and has become most well know known for the seeds of its fruit. Guarana seed is about the size of a coffee berry. Most notable about the Paullinia Cupana seed is its use is that it contains about twice the caffeine found in coffee beans.

    guarana leaves and flowers

    Guarana is a South American berry, that when extracted, consists of guaranine, a substance identical to caffeine. For thousands of years, natives of the Amazon used the seed extract to help maintain stamina and physical endurance. Traditionally it was also used to assist in the relief of various ailments such as stress and nervous tension, weight control, headaches and hangovers, and even menstrual pain.

    guarana plant


    The common name for Paullinia Cupana, "Guarana" comes into English via Brazilian Portuguese from a word in the language of the Satere-Mawe Indians. According to the tribe's own legends, the plant from which the wildcrafted herb was derived was the gift of a god, presented in compensation for the killing of a village child by one of the less compassionate deities.

    guarana seeds

    Traditionally, the Indians mix dried guarana seed powder with water and knead it into a dough to make a type of bread. Guarana seed powder has been known to Western civilization for well over 300 years, since a European missionary introduced it in the mid-1600s.

    Guarana seed powder is among those organic herbs that are very strong stimulants; it is in fact a primary ingredient in a popular Brazilian soft drink. However, although the the FDA has labeled guarana herb as being safe for human consumption, studies on the effects of Brazilian guarana have not been verified. Use of such medicinal herbs and supplements should be undertaken under the guidance of a qualified herbalist or naturopathic health practitioner.

    In addition to treating the conditions listed above, Guarana is useful for mild diarrhea, intestinal cleanser, urinary tract irritation, and headaches of a rheumatic nature. Some claim it has aphrodisiac effects, though there is no evidence to support this claim.

    guarana seeds


    Gaurana is available in bulk or wholesale from reputable sources. As a certified bulk herb processor, Quarana is offered in one pound bulk powdered Guarana seed. For those who prefer capsule supplements, guarana capsules are also available.

    For best results, read and follow product label directions.


    Since Guarana has caffeine effects, it is advised to limit daily intake to a maximum of 600 mg a day. Those who have high blood pressure or heart conditions should not use this supplement.


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    Guarana: (Paulinia cupana) is a world famous plant found primarily in the Amazon Jungle. It has been used for centuries by the Brazilian Indians and is commonly referred to as Brazilian Cocoa. This product has naturally occurring caffeine.


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