KOLANUT AND HEALTH BENEFITS
Kola nut has many health benefits, whether taken in supplement form or chewed. Although it can have certain side effects if taken without measure.
Kola nut comes from the evergreen kola tree found in the rainforests of Africa.
It is an important cultural symbol in Nigeria and for many ethnic groups in Africa, which is given to guests at funerals, weddings; it is used in medicine and serves as a flavoring ingredient in beverages also known as cola.
The nut has some reported benefits for health. The Health benefits and other information about this tropical nut are:
Aid to digestion
Kola nut powder and extract can help digestion. The nut is thought to promote the production of gastric acid, which increases digestive enzyme effectiveness in the stomach.
Increase energy levels:
The nut naturally stimulates the central nervous system, which may enhance alertness and energy boost.
Kola nut may be helpful for people who suffer migraine headaches. Migraines pains may be link to the blood vessels in the head. The caffeine in the Nut has been used for headaches pain reliever.
According to journal of Biosciences and Medicines, reported that the use of kola nut extract might stop the growth of harmful bacteria.
Increase Blood circulation and Metabolism
Kola Nut contains caffeine and theobromine in it which may speed up the heart rate and increases blood circulation and then boost metabolism.
It maybe useful for people with certain breathing problems like asthma. The caffeine in it may act as a bronchodilator which opens the airways to make breathing easier. Research also shows that certain compounds in kola nut can decrease the risk of prostate cancer.
Although, despite the many health benefits of Kola nuts, too much caffeine can produce unwanted side effects, such as:
- rapid or abnormal heart rate
Too much caffeine may result to health problems and is particularly dangerous when combined with alcohol.