This is the famed tonic of the Brazilian Amazon and one of the few crops of Amazonia with positive ecological status. Natives take guarana (Paullinia cupana) daily as an energizer in much the same way Westerners enjoy coffee. Purchasing this organic product supports the peoples and habitats of the Amazon!
The uses of this plant by the Amerindians predates the discovery of Brazil. South American Indian tribes (especially the Guaranis, from whence the plant’s name is derived) dry and roast the seeds and mix them into a paste with water. They then use it much the same way as chocolate—to prepare various traditional foods, drinks, and medicines. Guarana contains caffeine and the rainforest tribes have used the fruit mainly as a source of energy.
If using prescription medications, seek the advice of a health care professional before using this product. Not to be taken during pregnancy or if breastfeeding. Not for use by persons under the age of 18 years. Keep out of reach of children.