Guaraná is a plant native to the Amazon basin. The guaraná has large leaves and flowers, but it is best known for the seeds within the fruit. The seeds contain about twice the caffeine found in a coffee bean. The seeds are often used as an additive in energy drinks.
Guaraná seeds may come with more health benefits than just an energy boost. Potential benefits from consuming guarana include the increase in brain functionality, enhance skin health, and even increase weight loss. Other benefits include stimulating movement in the digestive tract and soothing digestive distress. Both caffeine and antioxidants play a role to having healthy skin. Lastly, guarana seeds have been shown to help prevent blood clots which will reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes.
Natural Guaraná can be very bitter. It tastes best when its extracts are mixed and dissolved into high-energy beverages, where the flavor can be altered to a sweeter taste. Many companies who sell energy beverages are learning the many benefits guaraná carries.