“ Dosage Form: Capsules / Type: Homeopathic Medicines & Remedies „
I first had my first intake of guarana when I bought some coffee called ‘Rocket Fuel’. I didn’t even read the ingredients before buying it but it looked like good stuff. Now you see normal coffee makes me go slightly wonky but this stuff was great, I was hyperactive all day long. I think it may have been a mixture of the caffeine and the guarana, and the fact that I had five cups. Couldn’t sleep that night. Now you are listening to a person that goes mental on Lucozade so it may not have quite the same effect on everyone. I do have a friend who is allergic to e numbers and after he had some of this coffee he flipped. He had to stand up and start walking up and down the stairs. So I decided to research this guarana stuff and found out that it has many uses. Apart from keeping you awake it is also used for weight loss, not that I need to loose weight, I just thought that this was interesting. I would definitely say it is a good substitute for Pro-Plus. Don’t have too much though or you will be awake for days. After the coffee I found that you can buy guarana in tablet form, like a type of vitamin. You can get it from most health food shops. This doesn’t have quite the same effect as the coffee (no caffeine) but after taking one a day for a week I can definitely say that I have more energy. I have introduced several of my friends to this guarana lark and they are now taking the tablets as well. The stuff you can get in drinks much like Red Bull, don’t know what they are called, are useless. I wouldn’t bother with those. Get the coffee!!
Guarana is a much hyped herb, the Amazonian Natives swear by it.If you followed the hype then maybe you would too. Guarana is available in a number of forms; loose powder or whole seeds (which you roast and grind yourself) available from a herbalist (such as Neals' Yard or Baldwins). Alternatively there seem to be an ever-increasing amount of retail outlets in the high street selling it too, such as Boots and Holland & Barret. These shops mainly sell it in the form of chewing gum (named "buzz gum") or as a supplement. It is also an ingredient in alcoholic drinks such as Red. My first experiences with this herb began when I was at the Reading Festival several years ago. Feeling the effects of festival fatigue, me and a friend chanced upon some buzz gum at a head shop. I was after a bit of a cheap (and legal!) thrill so we bought a packet each. We set about chewing a couple of pieces and awaited the effects. Can you guess what happened next? Yep, absolutely nowt. Ok we thought maybe we need to chew a bit more. We ended up demolishing the entire twelve pieces in the pack each and were left with nothing but a very bitter and foul taste in our mouths. A few years later with impending maturity I fancied myself as a bit of a herbalist. I picked up 25g of whole seeds from my local Neals' Yard and set about roasting them myself. I was hoping to disprove my previous experience with this herb by doing things right. As they were roasting, a rather unpleasent odour of musty socks filled my nostrils. Not the most appetising smell, but just because it smells funny it doesn't mean it won't work, right? After hours of attacking the seeds tough outer coating with a pestle and mortar,I was left with a musty orange/brown powder. I thought I'd add it to some hot chocolate for a bit of a kick and guess what? Nothing happened. I later researched what Guaranas' active ingredients were. They are as follows; theobromine (found in chocola
te), a rather large 7% caffeine and finally tannin (found in tea). So there you have it, I had experienced the full power of a mocha and nothing much more. Considering how hyped this herb is I was most disappointed, I admit it is probably a better way of getting your caffeine boost than coffee (lees harsh on your stomach), but it is this same caffeine that is supposed to give you endurance. Give me a cappucino anytime!(or a pro-plus!)
The active principle of Guarana is gradually assimilated by the body over a period of hours. Guarana can be taken by anyone