Side Effects and 16 Disadvantages of Bitter Kola…..Disadvantages of eating too much bitter kola

So much has been said and written about the wonderful health benefits and advantages of bitter… I have seen journals, jingles and articles eulogising the all round medicinal properties of bitter Kola…. So little have been said or documented about the side effects and possible health disadvantages of bitter kola…in this article I am going to do that…

Disadvantages of eating too much bitter kola

1. Bitter mouth

It is not everyone that can tolerate that bitter taste of bitter kola and the bitter after taste it leaves behind in the mouth…..not everyone find it funny.Have you ever tried drinking water after eating bitter cola? Not nice. Bitter kola can make you lose appetite.

2. High blood pressure (hypertension)

Bitter kola contains loads of caffeine…. It is a known fact that caffeine causes vasoconstriction and elevates blood pressure leading to possible hypertension. People living with hypertension should not eat bitter kola.

Side Effects and 16 Disadvantages of Bitter Kola
Bitter kola also has health disadvantages and side effects.

3. Central Nervous System (CNS) Manifestations

Bitter kola is rich in caffeine… and you know that caffeine is brain stimulant. Eating too much of bitter kola can cause tremors, poor sleep, restlessness, drowsiness, dizziness , and shakiness.

4. Insomnia (Poor Sleep)

The caffeine in bitter kola can make the brain hyper-alertness and this can lead to poor sleep at night. If you have sleep problems please don’t eat bitter kola before going through bed or at night

5. Headache

Bitter kola has CNS manifestations so it can cause you headaches…. Don’t forget that bitter kola can cause poor sleep……. What happens if you don’t sleep well? Headaches.

6. Dizziness

Dizziness and muscle weakness are one of the effects of bitter kola on the brain.

7. Rapid or abnormal heart rhythm

Caffeine found in bitter kola can make your heart race too fast and you will develop palpitations…. Did you notice your heart pounding after eating toouch bitter kola provides drinking bitter kola soaked water?

8. Dehydration

Bitter kola has a way of making you mouth dry after eating it. It dries up the saliva in your mouth and throat.

9. Anxiety

Some persons become anxious and restless after eating bitter kola…. The anxiety caused by bitter kola is because of its high caffeine content

10. Glaucoma

Glaucoma is a medical term for increased intraocular pressure (hypertension of the eye) and it has been described as the silent thief of sight. Researches have found that moderate consumption of bitter kola actually prevents and treats glaucoma…. “Too much of everything is bad”….excessive intake of bitter kola can also surprisingly cause glaucoma.

11. Imbalance in blood sugar level

Bitter kola alters the insulin secretion of the pancreas and may negatively impact the hormonal control of blood glucose… Diabetics should not take too much bitter kola.

12. Sperm count

Some researchers think bitter kola is not good for men because it negatively imparts the sperm count and sperm production.

13. Diarrhea

Bitter kola can worsen your already existing diarrhoea or make you develop one.

14. Hemophilia

Hemophilia is a rare condition in which the blood does not clot properly. It mostly affects men. Bitter kola does not cause hemophilia but may affect the production of blood clotting factors.

15. Pregnancy

There are fears that bitter kola may not be safe in pregnancy because of its high caffeine content… Caffeine in bitter kola can cause miscarriage and congenital birth defects.

16. Bitter kola and drug interactions

Bitter kola may adversely interact with drugs like blood thinners (warfarin), diabetes drugs (metformin) and anti-hypertensives. Bitter kola can render your drugs ineffective…

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