Guarana is used for increasing energy or temporarily helping with weight loss. The active ingredient of the herbal supplement is caffeine, which works as a nervous system stimulant and diuretic. Guarana uses are not expected to be more effective or safe than any other caffeine product. It is probably safe for children to consume small amounts of the supplement.
Guarana comes from the berry of a plant found in the Amazon. It has a high caffeine content and is often used as an energy supplement or weight loss aid.
With obesity on the rise (see Obesity Statistics), many people are searching for "quick fixes" to help with weight loss. Although the ideal weight loss plans focus on gradual weight loss by healthy eating and increased exercise (see How to Lose Weight), many people have difficulty following such plans or feel they need extra assistance in their efforts. Before turning to drastic measures, such as weight loss surgery, many people consider using weight loss pills, especially if they have unsuccessfully tried to control their obesity and exercise and diet have been ineffective.
Because of its caffeine content, guarana may increase energy or temporarily help with weight loss. However, do not expect guarana to be any more effective or more safe than any other caffeine product.
Guarana is often marketed as an exotic and unique product. However, many people are not aware that the active component of guarana is actually caffeine. Guarana berries have a high caffeine content (even more than coffee beans). Caffeine works as a nervous system stimulant and as a diuretic (a "water pill").