Bitter Kola is a species of flowering plants most found in Africa. It is widely recognized for its medicinal benefits. The seeds, nuts, and bark had been and are nonetheless getting used to deal with various ailments.
In this article Naija News 247 will explain to you the benefits of bitter kola and how to use it to curb various diseases.
What are the health benefit of bitter kola?
Over years, bitter kola used to fight infections from the common cold to hepatitis.
A 2018 study showed that bitter kola can help combat coughs, bacterial infections, and viral infections.
Eating bitter kola when an infection starts may help fight the infection and make you feel better more quickly.
People in Africa commonly chewing bitter kola to fight against inflammatory conditions like arthritis.
Research showed that patients with osteoarthritis in their knees showed significantly reduced inflammation when eating bitter kola compared to a placebo.
The high levels of potassium in bitter kola may be a contributing factor in reducing inflammation.
Early studies suggest that a chemical called kolaviron, which is found in bitter kola, may protect against hypoglycemia in people with type 2 diabetes.
Although this first study was done on rats and has not yet been reproduced on humans, these early findings are promising.
How to use Bitter Kola to curb diseases
- Get about 5 pieces of bitter kola, peel it and wash thoroughly
- Get a bottle of bitter lemon, it’s available in most stores
- put your bitter kola inside your bottle of lemon, slice into smaller pieces for easier penetration
- Soak your bitter kola in your bitter lemon for 3 days
Drink twice daily (morning and night).
In Addition, Bitter kola can be eaten on its own, uncooked, like many other nuts.
Keep in mind, that it’s called ” bitter” for a reason. Bitter kola can be an acquired taste.
You can sometimes find drinks made or flavored with bitter kola at African markets and online stores.
If you don’t like the taste but want to introduce bitter kola to your diet, these drinks may be a good option.