If you look on the side of your Red Bull or Monster Energy drink, you’ll probably see Guarana as an ingredient. But why is it used? And why is it also found in diet pills these days? What benefits does it have?
I decided to take a look at this ingredient to find out its health benefits, particularly as it pertains to its use in dietary supplements. Continue reading below to find out why it is a key part of the formula of the Phen24 diet pill, among others.
Health Benefits of Guarana
Guarana is a prized fruit that is most commonly found in South America, particularly the Amazonian region. The health benefits of it are primarily obtained by extracting and processing the seeds into powder form. As you can see in the image at the top of this post, it is quite a unique looking fruit. They look like eyeballs! I definitely haven’t seen this at my local grocery store. However, the benefits are plentiful. I’m glad it is available as an ingredient in diet pills (such as Zotrim) and energy drinks.
While its use in the beverage and diet industries is relatively new, it has had wide use for ages among Amazonian tribes. Primarily it has been used for its therapeutic properties, as well as its caffeine content for stimulant effects. On top of that, it is full of antioxidants that help rid your body of free radicals and toxins. These damage your cells and make you age prematurely age, as well as increase risk factors of disease.
How It Helps Weight Loss
The main reason that guarana is included as an ingredient in diet pills is the energy that it provides. Obviously, that is the reason that it is also used in popular energy drinks. It is just like a cup of coffee in that it perks you up and reduces fatigue. When you have more energy, you are able to be more active. You’ll get through your workouts easier. Or you just won’t doze off at least. Either way, being more active leads to more calories burned than the alternative of sitting on your bum.
In addition, the caffeine content makes it a powerful additive to a diet pill. Caffeine pills are great for dieting, but even better when its part of an ingredient like this. Caffeine provides a boost to your metabolism that helps you burn fat more efficiently, even when you are resting. It has been said that a dose of caffeine can provide a boost to your metabolism as high as 10% over your normal level for up to 12 hours after consuming it.
Lastly, another way that guarana helps with weight loss is by inhibiting the production of fat cells, as indicated in this study.
More Diet Pill Information
To read about all the various types of diet pills on the market, including those that contain this powerful ingredient, I have put together a comprehensive diet pill resource here.