Guarana caffeine is a highly effective stimulant for the mind and body, making it a great alternative to coffee that is growing more and more popular throughout Europe and the world. Originating in South America and extracted from the seeds of a climbing plant found around the Amazon basin, guarana extract contains high levels of caffeine and only needs to be taken in small amounts to have amazing energising and revitalising effects.
If you were to put guarana and coffee in the ring together, it’s not hard to predict that guarana would win the fight. A guarana seed, which is similar in size to a coffee bean, contains at least twice the concentration of caffeine, as well as the similar stimulating chemicals theophylline and theobromine. Not only is guarana more powerful than coffee in terms of caffeine, it also has a slower and more even affect; it can last in the body for up to 6 hours (that’s a lot of cups of coffee!) so you feel less jittery and are much less likely to experience a caffeine crash.
This makes guarana a more powerful yet also more pleasant choice of caffeine than coffee beans, which is why it’s become a popular choice for a range of consumables, supplements, and beauty products, from energy drinks and snacks to skin lotions and shampoos. The guarana seed also contains a range of antioxidant ingredients (including caffeine, theobromine, theophylline, saponins and catechins); in fact, guarana has a similar chemical profile to green tea, another notable health booster.
There are a variety of reported guarana benefits, partly due to its rich caffeine content and antioxidant nature. For instance, guarana caffeine can help with energy levels and fighting fatigue, as well as improving athletic performance.