Latin Name: Paullinia Cupana
Common Names: Guarana seed, guarana herb, pure guarana, brazilian guarana, guarana berry
Guarana seed is known to botanists as Paullinia Cupana, and is part of a botanical family that includes the maple and the horse chestnut. Unlike its temperate relatives however, pure guarana seed is a natural herb produced from a climbing shrub native to Brazil's Amazon basin. Guarana features large leaves with clusters of flowers and has become most well know known for the seeds of its fruit. Guarana seed is about the size of a coffee berry. Most notable about the Paullinia Cupana seed is its use is that it contains about twice the caffeine found in coffee beans.
Guarana seed powder is among those organic herbs that are very strong stimulants; it is in fact a primary ingredient in a popular Brazilian soft drink. However, although the the FDA has labeled guarana herb as being safe for human consumption, studies on the effects of Brazilian guarana have not been verified. Use of such medicinal herbs and supplements should be undertaken under the guidance of a qualified herbalist or naturopathic doctor.