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Guaraná's Journey from Regional Tonic to Aphrodisiac and Global Energy Drink.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18955289     Owner:  NLM     Status:  PubMed-not-MEDLINE    
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Guaraná (Paullinia cupana H.B.K., Sapindaceae) is a rainforest vine that was domesticated in the Amazon for its caffeine-rich fruits. Guaraná has long been used as a tonic and to treat various disorders in Brazil and abroad and became a national soda in Brazil about a century ago. In the last two decades or so, guaraná has emerged as a key ingredient in various 'sports' and energy drinks as well as concoctions that allegedly boost one's libido. For some time, guaraná's high caffeine content was thought to be a detriment because of health concerns about excessive intake of caffeine-rich drinks. But it is precisely this quality, and the fact that it has a mysterious name and comes from an exotic land, that has propelled guaraná into a global beverage.
Authors:
Nigel Smith; André Luiz Atroch
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2007-12-05
Journal Detail:
Title:  Evidence-based complementary and alternative medicine : eCAM     Volume:  7     ISSN:  1741-4288     ISO Abbreviation:  Evid Based Complement Alternat Med     Publication Date:  2010 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-05-12     Completed Date:  2011-07-14     Revised Date:  2011-07-28    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101215021     Medline TA:  Evid Based Complement Alternat Med     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  279-82     Citation Subset:  -    
Affiliation:
Department of Geography, PO Box 117315, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611-7315, USA and EMBRAPA Amazônia Occidental, Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil.
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