Brazilian cocoa is an ingredient that is commonly found in a wide spectrum of different weight loss pills. It is an exceptionally popular ingredient and it may be found in proprietary formulas under any of a large number of different potential names. Among the names that are used to identify this ingredient are: guaranine, paullinia sorbilis, zoom, cacao bresilien, guarana seed extract and paullinia cupana.
This ingredient is native to the Amazon region in South America. This plant is traditionally used by tribes in that area of the world for the brewing of a drink. Modern uses are much more medicinal, though it can also be found as an ingredient in energy drinks. In fact, it is a commonly used in gradient in those beverages to actually provide the stimulant effect.
That said, among the most common uses in supplements is for weight loss. It can also be found in pills that are designed to enhance athletic performance and act as a stimulant. This is because it functions to reduce physical and mental fatigue. That benefit is often seen as very appealing in weight loss products in order to overcome energy slumps and to boost physical performance during workouts to help a dieter to achieve their best possible results.
That said, there are some people who use Brazilian cocoa to boost low blood pressure and to overcome the symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). There are some people who believe that it can help to prevent malarial infections, as well as dysentery. Some products add this ingredient to enhance sexual desire, to function as an astringent or to increase urine flow. It can be used for any number of a large spectrum of other conditions as well.
Essentially, the entire function of Brazilian cocoa is based on its high caffeine content. Caffeine is a stimulant that is found in other foods and beverages such as coffee, tea and chocolate. That said, this substance also includes theobromine and theophylline. Those chemicals are also quite similar to caffeine. For that reason, this substance is typically seen as a stronger stimulant than caffeine alone.
Still, in terms of the research conducted on Brazilian cocoa, there is insufficient evidence to connect it directly with weight loss. Therefore, while it may help to promote alertness and physical performance during exercise, this has not been proven in reputable research to be linked to reduced fat levels on the body.