Kola nuts come from the kola tree which is found in the rain forests of Africa. In some parts of Nigeria, it is an important traditional symbol that denotes acceptance and is mostly used in ceremonies. It is also used as a flavouring agent as well as additive in energy drinks and performance enhancers. The nut can be boiled to extract the kola and can also be grounded to a powder. Kola nuts contain high level of caffeine along with theobromine and kolanin.
Although, there are some benefits associated with the intake of kola nuts, however, it is not advisable to take often and regularly and it’s not good for people with high blood pressure due to their stimulant effect. Below are some of it’s benefits:
1. Aid digestion:
Kola nut is said to help digestion as they promote the production of gastric acid which increases digestive enzymes in the stomach. By improving digestion, it consequently reduces constipation, bloating, cramping and other gastrointestinal issues.
2. Weight Loss:
Due to the high caffeine content, kolanut is known to suppress appetite. It is aso believed to help increase fat burning in the body making it good for obese people.
3. Boost Metabolism:
For those with slow metabolism, the caffeine content in kola nut has the ability to stimulate the body and increase heart rate.
4. Prevents Prostate Cancer:
Although not scientifically proven, early research shows that certain compounds found in kola nuts may decrease the risk of prostate cancer. This is because the phytoestrogens in kola nuts can kill cancer cells and stop the tumors from growing.
5. Relieves Asthma:
Kola nuts is believed to be useful for people with respiratory conditions such as asthma. The caffeine in kola nuts can act as bronchodilatory to open the airways to make breathing easier.
6. Increases Circulation of Oxygen:
Kola nuts are able to boost oxygenation to certain parts of the body including the skins, organs and even the brain. This in turn promotes healing of wounds and cellular repair through the increase flow of oxygen and nutrients.