How long have you been trying to lose weight?
Have you been chasing after those last 5 kilos for weeks or months?
Do you feel like you could use some extra help outside of your diet and exercise program?
While diet and exercise are the key to a successful weight loss, there are certain supplement ingredients at your disposal that may be able to help you achieve your ideal body faster.
Guarana, an herbal remedy used in tribal ceremonies in the Amazon, has recently become a worldwide sensation thanks to the studies affirming it as an effective ingredient for weight loss support.
Let's take a look at the top 5 reasons you need to use guarana.
Let's kick off the list with the reason that most people buy this supplement ingredient: enhanced weight loss.
Studies show that when used as a part of a healthy diet and exercise program, guarana may be able to support your weight loss goals.
One study in particular was published in the International Journal of Obesity and Related Metabolic Disorders and it showed that subjects who supplemented with guarana showed a significant reduction in bodyweight over the course of 8 weeks. (1)
Now to some of the lesser known benefits of guarana. Looking for a way to naturally boost your energy levels without over doing it on caffeine? Guarana may be the answer.
A study published in PLOS One put guarana up against caffeine and it demonstrated that guarana provides an effect similar to caffeine. The stimulant effect was twice as powerful when guarana was paired up with caffeine. (2)
Riding the stimulant effect of guarana may help to boost your exercise performance during a workout. Instead of opting for your usual caffeine-based drink before a workout, consider a guarana supplement. Guarana has been shown to boost energy levels along with your mental focus. (2-3)
Focus and Alertness
Speaking of mental focus, guarana is useful outside of the fitness scene. A study published in Pharmacology Biochemistry and Behavior showed how guarana can be effective in boosting focus and alertness. Subjects showed improvement across tasks after supplementing with guarana including speed and completion time. (3-4)
Memory and Learning
Lastly, another benefit of guarana that can be helpful inside and outside of the gym is its ability to support memory and learning.
In the study published in Pharmacology Biochemistry and Behavior, subjects didn't just demonstrate an improvement in task completion, they also showed an enhanced learning ability. Subjects were able to complete the task with greater retention of the information at faster speeds. (3-4)
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- Boozer CN, Nasser JA, Heymsfield SB, Wang V, Chen G, Solomon JL. An herbal supplement containing Ma Huang-Guarana for weight loss: a randomized, double-blind trial. Int J Obes Relat Metab Disord. 2001 Mar;25(3):316-24.
- Moustakas D, Mezzio M, Rodriguez BR, Constable MA, Mulligan ME, Voura EB. Guarana Provides Additional Stimulation over Caffeine Alone in the Planarian Model. Holscher C, ed. PLoS ONE. 2015;10(4):e0123310. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0123310.
- Pomportes L, Brisswalter J, Casini L, Hays A, Davranche K. Cognitive Performance Enhancement Induced by Caffeine, Carbohydrate and Guarana Mouth Rinsing during Submaximal Exercise. Nutrients. 2017 Jun 9;9(6). pii: E589. doi: 10.3390/nu9060589.
- Kennedy DO, Haskell CF, Wesnes KA, Scholey AB. Improved cognitive performance in human volunteers following administration of guarana (Paullinia cupana) extract: comparison and interaction with Panax ginseng. Pharmacol Biochem Behav. 2004 Nov;79(3):401-11.