Guarana Seed, Whole [1 oz.]
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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.
The common name for Paullinia cupana, "guarana," comes into English via
Brazilian Portuguese from a word in the language of the Sateré-Mawé 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.
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 doctor.