The Little Berry That Packs a Punch
Guarana seeds contain natural caffeine that’s about two and a half times more concentrated than the caffeine in coffee beans or tea leaves. Some of caffeine’s beneficial effects can include:
- Increased energy
- Improved concentration
- Increased fat burning
- Enhanced exercise performance
We’ve all heard about, and maybe even experienced, the not-so-beneficial effects that caffeine can have, too. Shakiness, stomach irritation, restlessness, and trouble sleeping are all-too-common reactions to too much caffeine in the bloodstream.
What really differentiates guarana-derived caffeine from caffeine derived from other sources are the phytonutrients found in guarana that are believed to affect how it’s metabolized by the body.
Stimulation for Both Body & Mind
Three powerful stimulating phytonutrients exist in guarana seeds. Theophylline, theobromine, and caffeine. Cocoa beans are a well-known source of these substances, too, though in much smaller amounts. Theophylline relaxes smooth muscle in the airway and accommodates easier breathing, while stimulating both the rate and force of heart contraction. Theobromine can mildly increase heart rate as well, and improves blood flow around the body.
The natural caffeine of guarana seeds is sometimes called guarine to distinguish it from synthetic caffeine anhydrous. However guarana supremely benefits from its fellow phytonutrients, which allow the caffeine to be more gently absorbed over a longer period of time. In a University of Tasmania study comparing the effects of coffee, guarana, and yerba mate, results showed that guarana produced the greatest improvement in mental alertness and performance. Coffee produced a peak in alertness after about 30-45 minutes then rapidly fell away, while the effects of guarana were still continuing — and increasing — after 150 minutes!
Skip the Synthetic Stuff
Most products that promise a boost in energy contain large amounts of added caffeine anhydrous (dehydrated caffeine created in a lab environment). In fact, if you see caffeine listed as an ingredient on the label, you can bet it’s a synthetic stimulant.
Caffeine anhydrous is generally considered safe in small doses, but people may experience negative effects with larger doses, such as anxiety, dry mouth, gastrointestinal discomfort, muscle twitches, or a combination of side effects we all recognize as “the jitters.”
NatureWise Whole Body Vitality contains only naturally occurring caffeine from guarana seed extract and organic matcha . These stimulating ingredients are all natural. We refuse to add manufactured caffeine anhydrous to our beverages.