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A Natural Source Of Caffeine
Caffeine is present in more plants than just Coffee. Guarana is one of many natural gifts from the cosmos that produces this commonly sought after chemical. It contains much more caffeine than most of its other botanical competitors. It also has a history of use as medicine with many different applications. I strive to bring different and original information to the world wide wibe so the intention behind this article is to do just that. So you know, there are a lot of other plants that contain caffeine.
Anti-diarrhea(yikes!); Diuretic; Stimulant; Fatigue; Mild Depression, Headache, and Migraines; Vascular muscle relaxant; Appetite suppressant(Swerdlow, 2000, p. 374)
Guarana has even been used as an aphrodisiac to enhance sexual desire, to increase urine flow, and as an astringent. It may also be beneficial for the following ailments: diarrhea(yikes!), fever, heart problems, headache, joint pain, backache, and heat stress. It works by stimulating the human central nervous system, heart and muscles. The herb also contains theophylline and theobromine(also found in chocolate) which are similar to caffeine. Theobromine widens blood vessels.
It's no wonder people love this stuff so much, it's obviously good for us and that makes us feel good. For the skeptics though we are here to present the data. A study conducted on the effects of Chocolate and human health shows that it has positive effects on our cardiovascular system. The reason I mention this is because the two share some of the same phytochemicals! I also believe our cardiovascular health effects our happiness, because if we are ill in any way I believe our inner spark is dull as well.
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Psychoactive Drugs Are Natural
Whether you like it or not, caffeine containing plants are drugs. The effects that they produce are the "high". Society is going to have to learn to respect the rights and choices of others, especially when it comes to their choice of natural intoxicants like Coffee, or Marijuana. On the other hand, there are certain substances which prove to be detrimental to society, like Methamphetamines, which are completely un-respectable. The planet should be free from such diabolical chemicals.
Other applications herbalist suggest Guarana for include: headaches and migraines, heart health, as a blood cleanser(surprising, similar properties to Echinacea etc), and to lower your body temperature ( fevers ). Typically a plant is commonly known for one or two useful benefits, but once you dig deeper you begin to see that they actually contain dozens if not hundreds of medicinal phytochemicals, each with their own multiple medicinal properties. In fact over the years I find things out by using these herbs, things that I've never read or heard elsewhere. It's pretty cool.
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References & Resources
Swerdlow, J. L. (2000). Nature's medicine: plants that heal. Washington, D.C.: National Geographic Society.
Certain statements are of my own opinion, observation, conclusions, etc. Certain facts may or may not be refereced to Wikipedia and are also common knowledge. I have chosen to list them as a source regardless. No one associated with Wikipedia endorses me or my work.