MACA - powdered root (70%)
GUARANA - powdered fruit (30%)
Maca is a bulbous plant originating in the Peruvian Andes. Dried and powdered, it is used to powerfully streghthen the organism.
The usable part of the plant is an underground pear-shaped bulb.
Paulinia guarana is a climbing plant in the maple family. native to the Amazon basin and especially common in Brazil. Guarana features large leaves and clusters of flowers, and is best known for the seeds from its fruit, which are about the size of a coffee seed ("bean"). The word guarana comes from the Guaraní word guara-ná, which has its origins in the Sateré-Maué word for the plant, warana, that in Tupi-Guarani means "fruit like the eyes of the people".
Maca has nutritional properties due to its high content of vitamins, minerals, proteins, essential amino acids, and sterols. It is especially used in instances of malnutrition and emaciation by disease, hard physical labor and age. Due to its valuable ingredients, maca has become an essential component of sportmen diets.
The following effects are attributed to maca:
- nutritional attributes and organism streghtening
- improves the immune system
- it is a natural source of protein (it contains high percentage content of arginine in its protein (11g. in 100g. of protein - the highest from all proteins used for supplement production) – therefore it is used as an energizer, aiding endurance and body muscle built
- the activity of sterols contained in maca is partly similar to the effect of anabolic steroids
- prevents insomnia and osteoporosis
- thanks to prostaglandins, sterols and amids of polyunsaturated fatty acids it is considered to be an aphrodisiac
- it delays the aging processes of the organism (skin and organs)
- it supports memory and the ability to learn
- it improves the brain work activity which is important in case of intensive intellectual work
- it contains very high level of minerals which makes it an important diet supplement for hard manual and mental labor as well as in case of emaciation by disease
- it regulates the hormon levels of thyroid, adrenals, pituitary gland and the gonads. It is used in treatment of irregular menstruation and disorders related to menopause and andropause
- it increases the production of milk of breastfeeding women
- it has adaptogenic properties - it individually adapts itself to the needs of a particular organism
- indicated for use in geriatric
The most important component, by which guarana has gained immense popularity is guaranine. It acts on the body the same as caffeine but differs from its chemical structure. Guarana contains 3 times more guaranine than coffee contains caffeine and is at the same time less harmful to health.
The following are attributed to guarana:
- has the effect of energizing and is released slowly from the body (other than caffeine in coffee), whereby its activity is increased by up to 6 hours
- stimulates the central nervous system, stimulating the release of dopamine and adrenaline, causing increased mental and physical activity while at the same time ensures good mood and well-being
- stimulates the brain, improves reflexes and has a positive effect on our memory
- improves concentration and general well-being
- helpful in combating depressive states (especially in cases of nervous exhaustion or premenstrual states)
- eliminates physical and mental fatigue
- increases the strength of the whole body - works well for people doing more exercise, recommended for athletes
- active substances in guarana accelerate metabolism and help burn fat
- has an antioxidant effect
- stops diarrhea
- reduces gas accumulated in the intestines and by that detoxicates
- is a diuretic and has a purifying effect
Adverse effects resulting from excessive intake of guarana:
insomnia, loss of appetite, anxiety, nausea, rapid heartbeat and even vomiting, dizziness, abdominal pain - in such cases consult your doctor immediately
Contraindications to the use of guarana:
- high blood pressure, heart disease, pregnancy, hyperthyroidism