9 Reasons to Eat Bitter Kola

Garcinia Kola which is commonly known as bitter kola has amazing health benefits which some of us are yet to discover. This tropical flowering plant is common in Cameroon, Nigeria and other parts of central and West Africa. The fruit, seed, nut and bark of the bitter kola tree has been used for long in treating and preventing diseases.

1 It relieves arthritis

Bitter kola helps to relieve arthritis by reducing swelling, inflammation, pain and increases movement around the joint.

2 Bitter kola is an anti-poison

Eating bitter kola after eating any food suspected to have bacteria will prevent infection and poison. Chew bitter kola to detoxify your system when food poisoning is suspected. It is also very common for people in west and central Africa to eat bitter kola before embarking on a long journey. This will help as an anti-poison if they eat poorly prepared food that can cause food poisoning  along the way.

3 Treatment of cough, cold and catarrh
Chew bitter kola to relieve the symptoms of cough, could and catarrh.

4 Reduces eye pressure (glaucoma)
Bitter kola is able to reduce swelling associated with eye pressure due to its anti-inflammatory properties.

5 Helps in weight loss: bitter Kola suppresses hunger and stimulates the thirst for water and it can be used when trying to lose weight.

6 Alleviation of malaria symptoms
Studies have shown that bitter kola is able to relieve symptoms of malaria.

7 Detoxification
Bitter kola is able to cleanse the liver and entire body system especially from poisonous substances.

8 Immunity
Due to its anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antioxidant properties, consuming Garcinia regularly can offer immunity against some infections.

9 Lowering blood glucose levels
Some studies show that chewing bitter kola is able to reduce elevated levels of blood glucose in the body

A study conducted on rats showed that excessive consumption of bitter kola may partially block ovulation. This study was published in the Nigerian Journal of Physiological Science.

Nigerian Journal of Physiological Sciences, Effects of Garcinia kola seed extract on ovulation, oestrous cycle and foetal development in female Sprague-dawley rats.Vol. 20, No. 1-2, 2005, pp. 58-62
Abaka E. Kola nut. In: Kiple KF, Ornelas KC, editors. (eds). The Cambridge World History of Food, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2000, pp. 684–90

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  1. nice post. i think it also cures prostate cancer,but i am not sure. wrote an article on it here

    1. Thank you for your contribution sir. hope it is well with you

  2. I'm live with your publications on health benefits of herbs. Thanks

    1. Thanks for reading Kwabena,we look forward to hearing from you again. stay blessed.



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