It’s well-known that the guarana seed contains potent levels of caffeine, double that of the humble coffee bean, but the stimulating effects of guarana extract aren’t just great for providing energy and curbing tiredness (though this does make it a popular additive in energy drinks and hot beverages). Guarana is also used in a range of weight loss supplements as a fat loss ingredient, as its impressive caffeine content can help people reach their weight goals over time.
So how does guarana work as an aid for weight loss? As guarana extract is incredibly caffeine rich (Organic-Guarana powder extract, for instance, contains a minimum of 10% caffeine), it can help suppress the appetite throughout the day. This means people consume fewer calories, in order to achieve a healthy rate of weight loss.
In addition to this, the caffeine in guarana can also increase metabolic rates, so the body metabolises calories quicker and more effectively. This is due to the presence of not just caffeine but also other stimulating xanthine alkaloid chemicals such as theobromine. These chemicals stimulate the release of epinephrine and norepinephrine within the body, which help burn up fat stored in the muscles for a greater and faster rate of fat loss.
The weight loss benefits of guarana can be found in research; in a study from 2001 that recruited healthy and overweight volunteers, a herbal mixture of guarana, yerba mate and damiana was shown to significantly decrease weight in overweight volunteers in comparison to a placebo. A second study showed similar results for a mixture of guarana and ephedra (known colloquially as ma huang), where experimental subjects lost 4kg on average in comparison to a 0.4kg average loss of weight for a placebo control group.
As a versatile natural additive, guarana isn’t just great for weight loss. Want to find out more about the benefits of guarana? Read our guarana benefits page for more information.
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