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It's Not "Hausa Groundnut", Check Out The Real Name And Its Health Benefits

In many parts of Nigeria, tiger nut is commonly called Hausa groundout. It can also be called earthnut, rush nut, and cyperus esculentus(its botanical name).

Meanwhile, tiger nut is often grown in the northern part of Nigeria, especially in Kastina. It is usually wet or dry, either way, it's delicious food.

Tiger nut is an edible grass-like plant which makes it very nutritious and can be considered a superfood due to the variety of nutrients it contains such as potassium, calcium, vitamin C, phosphorus, vitamin E, sodium, zinc, folic acid, and fiber.

Some people might be conversant with, tiger nut milk or flour, it's made with the popular "Hausa groundnut" and it can be eaten raw, soaked, roasted, or boiled.

However, tiger nut contains nutrients that are helpful to men, women, children, and pregnant women. The health benefits they contain will be discussed below.

1. Promote digestion

Tiger nut contains enzymes like lipase, amylase, and catalase that can help reduce constipation and break down foods in the gut which may make the digestion process easy. It also contains insoluble fibers that are very useful in the body.

2. Improve heart health

Arginine can be found in tiger nuts which can promote heart health by lowering the risk of high blood pressure, stroke, heart attack, or any other heart disease.

3. Improve immune system

Studies have shown that tiger nut may improve the immune system as it contains antibiotics that may help fight infection.

4. May act as an aphrodisiac

Naturally, tiger nuts are used as an aphrodisiac in some parts of the world. In my village, it's used to treat erectile dysfunction and boost libido.

5. Regulate blood sugar level

The arginine and fibers are high in tiger nut which may help in reducing high blood pressure. Arginine is an amino acid that may increase the production of insulin which often regulates the amount of blood sugar level.

Tiger nut may also correct sperm abnormalities and enhance fertility due to its nutrients content.

With the above-listed benefits, I hope you have been able to learn one or two new things about tiger nuts. Hence, don't forget to follow, like, share, and comment on this article.

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