What is guarana?


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Guarana is a tropical plant that grows in the Amazon whose seeds are used as medicine. People take it for weight loss, to treat low blood pressure and to prevent malaria. It is also used to relieve chronic headache and backache, among other uses.

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Instead of consuming caffeine to fight sluggishness and stay alert, people may drink guarana as a natural remedy alternative; it has twice as much caffeine as coffee does. Guarana is also a common ingredient in energy drinks.

It is a supplement that is not regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and is likely safe as long as people take it in amounts commonly found in food; however, it is potentially deadly if ingested in high dosages, according to WebMD.

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