Let’s take a closer look at what gives you the perfect natural energy boost when you drink QIQO: guarana.

Eye for an eye: first some guarana-background & etymology (if you don’t like history, skip to the next paragraph):

Guarana is a South American fruit that creepily looks like an eyeball: a fleshy white fruit that surrounds dark brown seeds. In Tupi-Guarani (a family of South American languages) the word guarana means “fruit like the eyes of the people”.  guarana

According to a myth, guarana originated from the killing of a beloved village child. As every deep-mourning mother would do, she planted the eyeballs of her murdered son into the ground. From the right eye-ball the real guarana grew. True story.

If you skipped the background graph, here’s the essence:

  • Guarana is a South American berry
  • Looks like an eyeball

The guarana boost: here’s the science. (if you don’t like science, skip to the conclusion at the end)

The effect of guarana was first described by a missionary when he saw Amazon tribes go loco during their hunt: “it gives them so much energy, that when hunting, they could go from one day to the next without even feeling hungry.” Sounds great, doesn’t it. And thís South American energy-powder is legal.

So, as the missionary described, guarana essentially gives you an energy boost. Or as the dictionary would say: “guarana is a natural energizer and cognitive stimulant that will give you a prolonged physical and mental boost.” Not bad, right?

The guarana seeds are about the size of a coffee bean, but they contain twice as much caffeine (guaranine). So what is the difference between guaranine and caffeine? Caffeine and guaranine look the same and have a similar structure. However, the guarana seed is fatty (even in powder form) and not readily water-soluble. Therefore, the body does not absorb it as quickly as caffeine from e.g. coffee.  That means the guaranine is released slowly. The energy boost that is experienced from guarana is not like that of coffee or energy drinks: a sudden rush and quick drop-of or “caffeine crash”. Rather, the energy boost is smooth and doesn’t give you “nervousness” or “jitters”.


Extra: Some research has also shown guarana may affect how quickly the body perceives itself to be full, which could help in working towards weight loss, #WIN.

If you skipped the science-paragraph, here is the essence:

  • Guarana, contains guaranine which is similar to caffeine;
  • Guaranine gives you a smooth, durable energy boost: no sudden rush, no crash
  • Helps you to lose weight – not that you need to, you handsome!

To conclude, because we all like lists: 

  • Guarana is a South American berry that looks like an eyeball 
  • Guaranine gives you a smooth, durable energy boost: no sudden rush, no crash

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