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Description
  • Guarana is a natural source of caffeine that has invigorating properties.*
  • Each capsule contains 250 mg of Guarana Seed Extract standardized to provide 36% Caffeine = 90 mg.
  • Standardized herbs provide uniformity of a single plant chemical batch after batch. Each extract delivers a quantified and measurable level of the targeted active ingredient in every serving. This active ingredient is considered by science to be the key ingredient responsible for the herb’s health benefits.

* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Supplement Facts

As a dietary supplement, take one capsule daily.

Serving Size 1 Capsules
Servings Per Container 100
Amount Per Serving % DV
Guarana Seed Extract (Paullinia cupana)(36% Caffeine = 90 mg) 250.00 mg **
** Daily Value (DV) not established

Other Ingredients: Cellulose, Vegetable Cellulose Capsule

No Sugar, No Artificial Color, No Artificial Flavors, Sodium Free, No Wheat, No Gluten, No Soy, No Dairy, Yeast Free

Storage Instructions: Store in a cool dry place.

Warning: Consult your physician prior to using this product if you are pregnant, nursing or taking medication, or have a medical condition. Discontinue use two weeks prior to surgery. KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN.

Keep out of reach of children

Health Notes

Guarana

Guarana
This nutrient has been used in connection with the following health goals
  • Reliable and relatively consistent scientific data showing a substantial health benefit.
  • Contradictory, insufficient, or preliminary studies suggesting a health benefit or minimal health benefit.
  • For an herb, supported by traditional use but minimal or no scientific evidence. For a supplement, little scientific support.

Our proprietary "Star-Rating" system was developed to help you easily understand the amount of scientific support behind each supplement in relation to a specific health condition. While there is no way to predict whether a vitamin, mineral, or herb will successfully treat or prevent associated health conditions, our unique ratings tell you how well these supplements are understood by the medical community, and whether studies have found them to be effective for other people.

For over a decade, our team has combed through thousands of research articles published in reputable journals. To help you make educated decisions, and to better understand controversial or confusing supplements, our medical experts have digested the science into these three easy-to-follow ratings. We hope this provides you with a helpful resource to make informed decisions towards your health and well-being.

This supplement has been used in connection with the following health conditions:

Obesity
Dose: Refer to label instructions
Guarana contains caffeine and the closely related alkaloids theobromine and theophylline, these compounds may curb appetite and increase weight loss.(more)
Athletic Performance
Dose: Refer to label instructions
Some athletes take guarana, which contains caffeine, during their training, although there is no scientific research to support this use.(more)
Fatigue
Dose: Refer to label instructions
Guaraná contains caffeine, and the indigenous people of the Amazon rain forest have used crushed guaraná seed as a beverage and a medicine to decrease fatigue.(more)
Obesity
Dose: Refer to label instructionsThe herb guarana contains caffeine and the closely related alkaloids theobromine and theophylline; these compounds may curb appetite and increase weight loss. Caffeine's effects are well known and include central nervous system stimulation, increased metabolic rate, and a mild diuretic effect.1 In a double-blind trial, 200 mg per day of caffeine was, however, no more effective than a placebo in promoting weight loss.2 Because of concerns about potential adverse effects, many doctors do not advocate using caffeine or caffeine-like substances to reduce weight.
References

1. Leung AY, Foster S. Encyclopedia of Common Natural Ingredients Used in Food, Drugs, and Cosmetics, 2d ed. New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1996, 293-4.

2. Astrup A, Breum L, Toubro S, et al. The effect and safety of an ephedrine/caffeine compound compared to ephedrine, caffeine and placebo in obese subjects on an energy restricted diet. A double blind trial. Int J Obes Relat Metab Disord 1992;16:269-77.

Athletic Performance
Dose: Refer to label instructionsSome athletes take guarana during their training; however, there is no scientific research to support this use. Guarana contains caffeine. Another caffeine-containing herb sometimes used during training is kola nut.
Fatigue
Dose: Refer to label instructionsCaffeine and the closely related alkaloids theobromine and theophylline make up the primary active constituents in guarana. Caffeine's effects are well known and include stimulating the central nervous system, increasing metabolic rate, and having a mild diuretic effect. The indigenous people of the Amazon rain forest have used crushed guarana seed as a beverage and a medicine to treat diarrhea, decrease fatigue, reduce hunger, and to help arthritis.1
References

1. Duke JA. CRC Handbook of Medicinal Herbs. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press, 1985, 349.

Parts Used & Where Grown

Guarana is an evergreen vine indigenous to the Amazon basin. The vast majority of guarana is grown in a small area in northern Brazil. Guarana gum or paste is derived from the seeds and is used in herbal preparations.

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The information presented in Aisle7 is for informational purposes only. It is based on scientific studies (human, animal, or in vitro), clinical experience, or traditional usage as cited in each article. The results reported may not necessarily occur in all individuals. For many of the conditions discussed, treatment with prescription or over the counter medication is also available. Consult your doctor, practitioner, and/or pharmacist for any health problem and before using any supplements or before making any changes in prescribed medications. Information expires June 2015.

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Ratings and Reviews

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4.8

(based on 11 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Effective (10)
  • Long lasting (6)
  • Good value (5)
  • No side effects (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Daily use (4)
    • Good supplement (4)
    • Good alternative (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Health conscious (7), First time user (3)

    Reviewed by 11 customers

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    (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    You need this!

    By sixstringdude3

    from NY

    About Me First Time User, Health Conscious

    See all my reviews

    Pros

    • Easy To Swallow
    • Effective
    • Simple To Take

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Alertness
      • Mood Boost

      Comments about GNC HERBAL PLUS STANDARDIZED GNC Herbal Plus® Standardized Guarana:

      I rarely come across a supplement that is currently (as of this writing) rated five stars, and actually deserves it. But, I am going to add another FIVE star rating here. Simply put, this stuff is amazing. I do not take anything without some scientific evidence behind it. But, this has plenty of studies conducted over the years. First, it has a relatively high caffeine content, so clearly it helps with alertness and fatigue. The research backs this up, and also suggests it as possibly being beneficial for cognitive performance and memory enhancement. I concur what others have said. For me, coffee has a bit of a rush effect, with a crash. Fortunately, guarana has not had that effect. It is a very "smooth" alertness. I don't know how else to describe it. I don't feel a crash, nor a rush. All I know is that after I take one of these, about 20 minutes later, I am alert and ready to take on the world. I highly recommend this!

      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Excellent Source of Energy

      By kharmon70

      from Tullahoma, TN

      About Me First Time User, Health Conscious

      See all my reviews

      Pros

      • Effective
      • Good Taste
      • Good Value
      • Long Lasting
      • No Side Effects

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Daily Use
        • Good Alternative
        • Good Supplement

        Comments about GNC HERBAL PLUS STANDARDIZED GNC Herbal Plus® Standardized Guarana:

        This product is an excellent source of energy without side negative effects. I am very surprised at the effectiveness of this product. A++

        (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        I like!

        By cvalerius

        from Rockland, NY

        About Me First Time User, Health Conscious

        See all my reviews

        Pros

        • Appetite Supressant
        • Effective
        • Long Lasting
        • No Side Effects
        • Smooth Energy

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Good Alternative
          • Good Supplement

          Comments about GNC HERBAL PLUS STANDARDIZED GNC Herbal Plus® Standardized Guarana:

          I was looking for something to help with my bowel movements and glad I got this. It works great as an energizer and has appetite suppressant benefits. Good stuff!

          (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          great!

          By renly880212

          from State College,PA

          About Me Health Conscious

          See all my reviews

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Effective
          • Good Value

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Daily Use

            Comments about GNC HERBAL PLUS STANDARDIZED GNC Herbal Plus® Standardized Guarana:

            I recommend this to all females. Amazing product! my mom took it everyday and her pouch disappear!

            (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            I Like It

            By kyrolainen.brian

            from Detroit, MI

            About Me Health Conscious

            See all my reviews

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Effective

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about GNC HERBAL PLUS STANDARDIZED GNC Herbal Plus® Standardized Guarana:

                Helps you stay focused

                (1 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                its good

                By 846062

                from San Jose, CA

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                Verified Buyer

                Comments about GNC HERBAL PLUS STANDARDIZED GNC Herbal Plus® Standardized Guarana:

                its good for every women

                (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                I like it!

                By lenel-krm

                from Philadelphia

                See all my reviews

                Pros

                • Effective
                • Gives energy
                • Increase blood pressure
                • Long Lasting
                • No Side Effects

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Daily Use
                  • Good energizer
                  • Good Supplement

                  Comments about GNC HERBAL PLUS STANDARDIZED GNC Herbal Plus® Standardized Guarana:

                  I like the product. I take 1-2 pills a day, usually before my cardio session, so it gives me energy. I have very low blood pressure, so something has to boost me energy level. Green tea extract didn't work for me, I felt so nauseous and dizzy. So the best option is Guarana! Really love it! But I notice that you have to cycle taking the supplement, cause with time it loses it effectiveness.

                  (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Wonderful energy boost

                  By daniellesteffen

                  from Rochester, NY

                  About Me Regular user

                  See all my reviews

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Effective
                  • Good Value
                  • Long Lasting

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Daily Use
                    • Preventative

                    Comments about GNC HERBAL PLUS STANDARDIZED GNC Herbal Plus® Standardized Guarana:

                    I used to use back in Brazil, in a powder way (it's from a Brazilian berry, guarana, native from Amazon forest), and we have sodas made of it too (similar taste of Ginger Ale). It's very powerful, wake you up when it's necessary, and keeps your mood up. Very good product.

                    (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Very good

                    By justin.h.cohen

                    from Arlington, VA

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                    Pros

                    • Effective
                    • Good Value
                    • Long Lasting
                    • No Side Effects

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • energy

                      Comments about GNC HERBAL PLUS STANDARDIZED GNC Herbal Plus® Standardized Guarana:

                      I used to be a big fan of GNC's Energy Formula. When that product was discontinued, I tried Guarana, which was one of the ingredients in Energy Formula. I've tried other forms of Guarana but this is the best.

                      I typically take one capsule of Guarana with one capsule of NOW brand Super Cortisol Support. This is a very good combo that provides long lasting energy and is a real life saver on days when I haven't had enough sleep. This happens rather often with two young children in the house.

                      GNC's Guarana is an excellent product and I'm happy to recommend it.

                      (22 of 25 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Great Performance Enhancer

                      By mattc0778

                      from MA

                      About Me Exercise Regularly, Health Conscious

                      See all my reviews

                      Pros

                      • Effective
                      • EnergizingInvigorating
                      • Improves Mental Focus
                      • Increases Endurance
                      • Increases Stamina
                      • Mood Elevating
                      • Support Mental Alertness

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Before Work or School
                        • Pre-workout
                        • When Feeling Fatigued

                        Comments about GNC HERBAL PLUS STANDARDIZED GNC Herbal Plus® Standardized Guarana:

                        Because of the active chemicals,in particular theophylline and theobromine,guarana increases physical/athletic and mental performance.That's why you see it as an ingredient in many performance enhancing and energizing sports' supplements.The enhancing effects are due to the aforementioned chemicals' vasodilative and bronchodilator properties.

                        I take four capsules a day twice a day.The effects of the guarana become noticeably weaker the longer you use it.It should be cycled,something like two weeks on,one week off.

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