10 Benefits of Bitter Kola You Should Know….10 health benefits of bitter kola…
Bitter kola is a popular seed found in Nigeria, it has several medicinal benefits and is mostly associated with culture. Many people believe it is an antidote for poison, some say it keeps snakes away, for whatever reasons people consume it, it is good to know that it is safe, healthy and affordable.
Bitter kola seeds have a sharp, bitter taste that eases into a slight sweetness as you chew, and they’re typically eaten raw. Bitter kola offers many nutrients, and studies have shown that the plant is high in carbohydrates, fat, protein, vitamin c, calcium, potassium, iron and caffeine.
Interestingly, it was mentioned as one of the local plants used in fighting COVID 19 (found out to be false)
According to these studies, bitter kola may be able to help with health problems including:
10 Benefits of Bitter Kola You Should Know
1. 💉 INFECTIONS
It helps combats infections from cold to hepatitis. . A 2018 study showed that bitter kola can help combat coughs, bacterial infections, and viral infections. Eating bitter kola when an infection starts may help fight the infection and make you feel better more quickly.
2. 💉 INFLAMMATION.
The high levels of potassium in bitter kola may be a contributing factor in reducing inflammation.
3. 💉 DIABETES.
Early studies suggest that a chemical called kolaviron, which is found in bitter kola, may protect against hypoglycemia in people with type 2 diabetes.
4. 💉 FIGHTS DISEASES.
Bitter kola does have properties that can support the treatment of many illnesses and the prevention of others.
5. 💉 It aids digestion.
Eating bitter kola first the in the morning promotes digestion and treats constipation.
6. 💉 It increases Blood circulation.
Bitter kola opens up the blood vessels and increases blood flow to all vital organs throughout the body.
7. 💉 It could act as an antimalarial agent.
Bitter kola is believed to have chemical properties that allow it to be an antimalarial catalyst. It contains Kolaviron which is a natural antioxidant and anti-inflammatory phytochemicals, which has high antimalarial properties.
8. 💉 It can promote a healthy sex life.
Traditional medicine considers bitter kola to be an aphrodisiac, so it’s believed to increase sexual desire, pleasure and performance. Bitter kola soaked in water helps a man last longer in bed.
9. Bitter kola may help to fight glaucoma
Glaucoma is a condition of increased pressure within the eyeball, causing a gradual loss of sight, and can result in permanent blindness if left untreated. A study in the Middle East African Journal of Ophthalmology, showed that bitter kola is useful for reducing the pressure in the eye for newly diagnosed patients, and was as effective as more conventional treatments. It is important to note that you must follow professional medical advice and treatment if you have glaucoma, even if the condition is newly diagnosed…dont depend on bitter kola to cure your glaucoma.
10. Weight Loss
One benefit of bitter kola that many people often skip is that it aids weight loss. This is done by slowing down the digestion process and the rate at which the body burns the food. This makes it a great option for those who are trying to lose weight.
It is important to take in moderation as it also has side effects when taken too much.
Remember, no dietary supplement is a substitute for professional medical advice, ensure to see a doctor when you do not feel good.
Stay safe, stay healthy.
Have a great day !
Partly Culled from Nurse Udeme