Guarana, an herb from the Amazon rain forest, has a long history of use as a stimulant beverage. It has also been used to treat arthritis, diarrhea, and headaches.
What is Guarana Used for Today?
Like tea, coffee, and chocolate, guarana contains alkaloids in the caffeine family, such as theobromine and theophylline. Caffeine is known to reduce pain, treat migraine headaches , and, of course, fight fatigue. In addition, it may, under certain circumstances, enhance sports performance , improve mental function , and modestly aid weight loss .
Young children, pregnant or nursing women, or people with heart disease should not use guarana.
Interactions You Should Know About
If you are taking:
- MAO inhibitors : The caffeine in guarana could cause dangerous drug interactions.
- Stimulant drugs such as Ritalin: The stimulant effects of guarana might be amplified.
- Drugs to prevent heart arrhythmias or treat insomnia or anxiety: Guarana might interfere with their action.
- Reviewer: EBSCO CAM Review Board
- Review Date: 09/2014 -
- Update Date: 09/18/2014 -