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Guarana Paullinia cupana
Location: AmericaThe guarana is a plant from the Amazon traditionally grown by the Guarani Indians who regarded it as a sacred plant. According to legend, an Indian who was in despair after losing her son, took out her dead son’s right eye and planted it in the ground. On that spot, a creeper grew which produced a beautiful red fruit with a shiny, black seed inside a white arillus that resembled an eye. Guarana has since demonstrated exceptional fortifying and stimulating properties, and is now recognized for its antioxidant and gastro-protective benefits. In cosmetics, guarana seed is used for its high caffeine content which stimulates the trigger of the release of fats.