Guaraná is a plant found near the Amazon basin, more so commonly found in Brazil. Although it is a fruit, it is best known for the seeds within. These seeds are comparable to the size of a coffee bean.
The seed of Guaraná contains twice the amount of caffeine found in coffee beans. For reference, Guaraná contains 2-4.5% of caffeine, while coffee beans contain only 1-2%.
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Guaraná contains chemicals similar to caffeine, such as theophylline and theobromine, which act as stimulants to treat low blood pressure, fatigue, fevers, and more. Guaraná also contains tannins, which help slowly release the caffeine, produce a long-lasting energy plateau, and prevent a crash/fatigue.
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.