|Por||Nigel Smith and André Luiz Atroch (publicado en 2013-10-30 por irinaranjo )|
|Publicado y/o Presentado en:||
Smith, N. and Atroch, A. (2007). Guaraná´s Journey from Regional Tonic to Aphrodisiac and Global Energy Drink. eCAM. 7(3), 279-282.
|Guaraná 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.|