Bitter Kola has been used in traditional African medicine for centuries, and is considered to have many beneficial properties, including being able to help fight bacteria and viral infection.
In terms of taste, the plant is well named! The edible seeds have a notably bitter taste, while there is also a slight sweetness to them. When consumed, bitter kola offers many nutrients, and studies have shown that the plant is high in carbohydrates, fat, protein, calcium, potassium, vitamin C, iron and caffeine.
Here are some unique health benefits of bitter kola.
1. The Nut May Be A Remedy For Of Osteoarthritis.
With symptoms ranging from uncomfortable debilitating, osteoarthritis is a common form of arthritis. It is characterised by the degeneration of joint cartilage and the underlying bone, causing pain and stiffness, especially in the hip, knee, and thumb joint. The cause of osteoarthritis can include joint injury, obesity, aging as well as hereditary factor.
Research at Obafemi Awolowo University in Nigeria tested bitter kola on the symptoms of osteoarthritis, and concluded that bitterkola my significantly reduce the inflammation and pain associated with the condition. The plant also increase joint movement in patient.
2. It May Be An Antimalarial Agent.
Bitter Kola contains antioxidant kolaviron, which according to research published in the Asian Pacific Journal Of Tropical Medicine, shows positive results for Antimalarial properties. Traditional healers have for many years prescribed bitter Kola for the treatment of malaria infections, and now, scientific studies are starting to support their beliefs.
3. Bitter Kola Has Antibacterial Qualities.
A study published in the science journal of microbiology has shown both the bitter kola seeds and the leafs have Antibacterial properties. Bitter Kola was tested against staphylococcus aureus, streptococcus pyogenes, salmonella typhi and escherichial coli, and the plant was able to inhibit these microorganism. The Antibacterial activity was found to be due to the presence of bioactive components in the extract tannin and saponins
4. Bitter Kola Nut may Improve The Immune System.
Bitter Kola has a high concentration of antioxidant, which is a term of any compound that contract free radicals. While environmental stressors such as tobacco smoke, ultraviolet rays and air pollution cause free radicals production, they are produced by many normal processes in the body including exercise and our immune response. Free radicals damage DNA, cell membranes, and other parts of cells. So, as well being essential assistance for important function in the body, antioxidant also support the immune system. With a strong immune system we are able to fight disease and stay healthy.