Guarana: The berry of warriors

Guarana: The berry of warriors

For the Indigenous Peoples living in the dense forests between the Rio Tapajós and the Rio Madeira in Brazil, the seeds of the plant known as guaraná are the cornerstone of their culture.

For centuries, tribes like the Sateré Mawé and the Guarani have selectively bred and carefully cultivated Paullinia cupania to produce the most potent seeds. In the local language “guaraná” translates as “the beginning of all knowledge.”

The guaraná drink prepared by the tribes is renowned for its healing and energy-boosting properties.

In the Amazon, Guarana is used to treat a host of conditions, from migraine to dysentery to arteriosclerosis. It is those same qualities that have propelled the varying forms of guaraná onto the international market.

So how exactly can this ancient super-food make you a warrior at school, in the workplace, or even at home? Read these interesting facts below.


One of the most powerful benefits of guarana is its energising effects. Guarana has a similar chemical structure to that of caffeine, and the plant seeds provide even higher caffeine effects than typical caffeine drinks, including coffee. Guarana may be more effective than coffee with regards to its energising power, as guarana is released more slowly into the body to provide sustained energy. The plant directly stimulates the central nervous system and may be taken in small doses to fight fatigue and increase activity levels.

Weight Loss

Guarana has been used for centuries, as the early natives would use it to make teas that would suppress hunger for weight loss. Guarana is used today in certain energy drinks and weight loss supplements to support weight loss by providing stimulation and combating hunger. Guarana may promote weight loss by kick-starting the nervous system to induce the process of lipolysis. This process involves the release of fat into the bloodstream where it is used as energy during exercise.

Bowel Health

In addition to its energising and weight loss effects, guarana also provides a number of medical benefits for the body. Guarana encourages movement of the bowels, which is a beneficial effect for people suffering from constipation. Additionally, guarana is effective for treating other complications of the bowels, including gas and diarrhoea, as it helps to detoxify and cleanse the system.

Our weapon of choice

With all of these plus points for this magical berry, it would make obvious sense that Guarana is one of the main ingredients in McNab’s SuperCharge Energy products. Guarana is a natural, tried and tested source of energy that has been used for thousands of years. We only choose products like these for our customers as they symbolise the very essence of our ethos, the energy to be me.

So next time you need a natural boost of energy, try a McNab’s SuperCharge drink or tablets, and feel the warrior spirits wherever you may be!

For more tips on how to become the best you that you can be, be sure to check out our 100 Ways to Energy blog.