Habitual intake of guaraná and metabolic morbidities: an epidemiological study of an elderly Amazonian population

Phytother Res. 2011 Sep;25(9):1367-74. doi: 10.1002/ptr.3437. Epub 2011 Feb 22.


The aim of the present study was to evaluate the associations of metabolic disorders and anthropometric and biochemical biomarkers of lipid, glucose and oxidative metabolism and the habitual ingestion of guaraná (Paullinia cupana, Mart. Var. sorbilis) by an elderly population residing in the Amazon Riverine region of the Maués municipality (Brazil). A case-controlled study was performed that included 637 elderly (≥60 years of age) patients classified as either those who habitually drank guaraná (GI, n = 421) or those who never drank guaraná (NG, n = 239) based upon their self-reported intake of guaraná. Indeed, the prevalence of various metabolic disorders was associated with guaraná ingestion. The prevalence of hypertension, obesity and metabolic syndrome in the GI group was lower than the prevalence found in the NG group. The NG group exhibited lower systolic and diastolic blood pressure values. The males in the GI group exhibited a lower waist circumference, on average, than the circumference found in the NG group, whereas the females in the GI group had lower cholesterol (total and LDL-c) levels than the control cohort. Additionally, a significant association was found between lower levels of advanced oxidative protein product (AOPP) and habitual guaraná consumption. The results constitute the first epidemiological study to suggest a potentially protective effect of habitual guaraná ingestion against metabolic disorders in elderly subjects.

Keywords: Paullinia cupana; guaraná; hypertension; metabolic syndrome; obesity; oxidative metabolism.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Beverages*
  • Blood Pressure
  • Brazil / epidemiology
  • Cholesterol / blood
  • Epidemiologic Studies
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Hypertension / epidemiology
  • Male
  • Metabolic Diseases / epidemiology*
  • Metabolic Syndrome / epidemiology
  • Middle Aged
  • Obesity / epidemiology
  • Oxidation-Reduction
  • Paullinia*
  • Waist Circumference


  • Cholesterol