Bitter kola, also known as Garcinia kola is a species of tropical flowering plant in the Guttiferae family that is considered medicinal with no specified side effects. Over the years, bitter kola seeds and the bark of the bitter kola plant have been used for herbal medicine to treat several ailments such as hepatitis, infections, and other viral diseases.
According to a report from the Center for International Forestry Research, the Garcinia kola trade is still important to the indigenous communities and villages in Nigeria. Research has also proven that Garcinia kola has been used as a purgative, antiparasitic, and antimicrobial agent.
Garcinia kola or bitter kola is an edible nut, which belongs to a unique group of plants that help organisms to adapt to stress by influencing multiple regulatory systems such as the immune system and act also as a general anti-infective agent. Bitter kola might work for depressions, fatigue problems, atonic diarrhea, migraine, and other disease conditions.
The health benefits of bitter kola make it a fair alternative for a list of pills and medicines because almost all the parts of the bitter kola plant can be used for health purposes. However, here are some of the benefits of bitter kola.
1. It helps to improve the immunity system.
Over time, bitter kola has been discovered to have a high amount of antioxidants which provide the immune system with all the needed supports to protect one from attacks of harmful toxins and effective immune response against strange particles.
This high amount of antioxidants found in bitter kola does not only help fight bacteria and other illnesses but also helps the body to increase its immunity levels.
2. It helps to protect against malaria agents.
Research has shown that the chemical constituents in bitter kola have anti-malarial properties. Bitter kola has been proven to have helped in the treatment of acute fever, most especially the seeds and stem. Kolaviron is a major constituent of bitter kola seed which helps in treating malaria. However, it is advisable to use the seed wisely and not in excess.
3. It helps to assists with general bodyweight loss.
Studies have also suggested that kola nut in combination with ephedra and willow bark by mouth for up to six months might cause modest weight loss in overweight and obese people.
So, regular use of bitter kola can help you reduce your weight faster than the gym could because bitter Kola has been revealed to be a natural hunger suppressant and also increases the urge to drink more water.
4. It serves as a natural remedy for colds and coughs.
Do you know that bitter kola nuts are medicinal and natural remedies for chest cold and cough? Bitter kola help to enlarge the alveolar sac and duct thereby providing relief for chest cold and prevent the symptoms of cold and cough. To achieve this, simply open the back of the nuts and grind them on a neat plate and add a little palm oil to it. Use it after three hours.
However, know that the presence of caffeine in bitter kola also contributes to this effect but always consult the doctor before using this therapy because excess caffeine can cause adverse reactions.
5. It helps to balance blood sugar levels.
After a little research, I discovered that the seeds from the plant are capable of reducing elevated blood glucose levels. This makes it ideal for both treatments of type 2 diabetes as well as for any complications that can arise from the condition.
6. Bitter kola helps to detoxify diseases in the body.
Exercising may be one of the ways to maintain a healthy body as a result of sweating but have you considered using bitter kola? Bitter kola can help you shed out without much stress. You don’t need to go through hectic exercises to detoxify diseases from the body.
Finally, sweating is an effective means of detoxification, which helps you get rid of unwanted toxins apart from keeping fit.
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