Over the years, the kola nut has gained a symbolic importance in traditional activities in Nigerian cultures. Ceremonies such as weddings and even council meetings can’t begin without breaking of kola nut. The kola nut is gotten from the kola tree, although it has a lot of cultural importance, eating kola nut has health benefits that are not well known.
Kola nut is grown in rainforests and it is widely used to add flavor to cola drinks. It tastes bitter when chewed initially but as you continue chewing it becomes sweeter. In this article, I will enlighten you on the health benefits that kola nut has to offer.
These health benefits include;
1. Reduces risk of prostate cancer
Kola nut contains helpful compounds and chemical which help to stop the growth of cancer cells and prevents them from spreading.
2. Relieves asthma
Kola nut helps to relieve breathing and respiratory conditions like asthma. Kola nut contains caffeine which helps to clear and open up your breathing airways.
3. Improves blood circulation
Kola nut helps to stimulate the heart thereby increasing the circulation of blood in the body. It also promotes the circulation of blood to essential organs like the brain.
4. Aids digestion
This is the reason why so many elders enjoy chewing kola nut. Kola nut helps to prevent digestive problems like bloating, constipation and cramping.
5. Boosts metabolism
Caffeine in kola nut helps to boost your heart rate and improve your metabolism. Eating kola nut is especially beneficial for people who have slow metabolism.
Although kola nut has a lot of health benefits, there are some side effects that comes along with it. Kola nut should not be eaten by people who suffer from heart conditions or high blood pressure. It should also not be eaten in high amounts because of its high caffeine content. Excessive eating of kola nut can lead to upset stomach and insomnia.
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