guarana and weight loss

How Guarana Helps in Weight Loss

Known as liposuction in a bottle, and approved by FDA, Guarana helps in weight loss as it boosts your metabolism to help you shed weight.

A climber of the Sapindaceae species and native to the Amazon basin in Brazil, Guarana a suspicious look alike of a human eyeball has become a star ingredient in weight loss diet. The seed of the fruit is a concentrated source of caffeine.  Additionally, guarana contains tiny amounts of theophylline and theobromine which are similar to caffeine, although they exert subtly different effects on the body. A stimulant by nature, Guarana enhances cognitive function and mental performance in human beings. Additionally, it also supports weight loss.


Guarana has far reaching effects on weight loss, so much so that it has been touted as liposuction in a bottle. Several scientific studies affirm the weight loss attributes of guarana. A 2001 study published in the Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics researched the effects of guarana, yerba mate and damania on weight loss. The group taking the cocktail of herbs containing guarana experienced faster weight loss versus the placebo group. Guarana supports your weight loss because it:


Since 1000 mg of guarana contains caffeine equivalent to 47 mg of coffee, it works as a super stimulant. Theobromine along with caffeine in guarana excites the central nervous system. It also increases the heart rate and stimulates the release of epinephrine and norepinephrine. When these hormones get activated it sends signals to the fat cells to release fatty acids in the blood stream where it can be utilized as a source of energy. Together these hormones work to burn fat faster.


The combination of caffeine and theobromine in guarana lowers appetite. Probably, this was the reason Amazonians used it prolong their fasts. Naturally, when you feel less hungry you eat less.


Guarana supercharges your metabolism. Anyone who wants to lose weight knows how an active metabolism can make all the difference. When your metabolism is high, you end up burning more calories with your bodily functions, like respiration, digestion. Even if you are not active, your calorie burn increases and you grow skinny. The similar effect on metabolism is cast by building muscles.


The duo of caffeine and theobromine act as diuretics. For people who are suffering from edema or water retention, guarana helps flush out excess water by promoting water loss in the kidney tubules.


It has been proven that guarana increases your energy levels and keeps you charged up. A British study of 26 college students, published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology in 2007, found that guarana tablets boosted scores on a battery of tests for memory, alertness and mood compared with the same students’ performance on a different day after taking a placebo. Caffeine alone cannot take credit for the guarana induced optimism. Scientists suspect that saponins, a class of nutrients found in guarana, may be adding to the positive mood by increasing blood flow to the brain. This much is undisputed that guarana enhances your energy levels and helps you deal effectively with diet related mood swings. Ultimately, the more focused you are to your weight loss goals, higher are your chances of success.


Guarana is a stimulant, which means an overdose can make you jittery and sleepless, just the way caffeine does. Pregnant women, children and people with health conditions should avoid it.