Bitter kola (Garcinia kola) is yet another highly nutritious nut Mother Nature has given us. Found mostly in Benin and other African countries like Nigeria, Ghana, Togo etc. People complain of its bitter nature but forget that it is the bitterness of this nut that gives it the power to work health wonders. No wonder it was even rumuored that it could cure Ebola (not sure).
This tropical plant belongs to the guttiferae class which grows and thrives in moist lowland forest. For the Yorubas, It is popular known as Obi Orogbo. The Hausas call it Namijin-goro and Akuilu in Igbo language. This nut has a strong traditional backing in Africa. No wonder the popular saying “He who brings kola brings life” is used in most traditional events.
Bitter kola otherwise known as Garcinia kola has been used as traditional herbs by the locals for centuries to treat different kind of disease, ailments. It has various health importances’ ranging from food supplement, notify liver, improve lung functions and lot more. According to nairahealth.blogspot.com.ng, below are the health benefits of bitter kola.
Amazing Health Benefits of Bitter Kola
1. Treat Cough, Cold, Sore throat: Bitter kola contains antimicrobial properties, purgative and anti parasitic that are traditionally used by Africans who believe it to be very effective for treatment of cough, cold, sore throat. In addition a study perform on a mice, by one David ofusori from lgbinedion university in Nigeria shows, the high anti oxidant in bitter kola helps in improving the respiratory function and strengthen the fiber of the lungs.
2. Helpful for the Eyes: According to a research at the Lagos university teaching hospital (LUTH) eyes drops that contains 0.5% of garcinia kola effectively help to lower and reduce the eye pressure when used 2 times day. Eye pressure leads to glaucoma an eye disease if untreated lead to the damage of the optic disc of the eye and resultant visual field which can cause blindness.
3. Serves as Pain Reliever: Osteoarthris is form of arthris, affecting mainly older people. It is caused by chronic degeneration of the cartilage and synovial membrane of the joints lead to pain and stiffness. However according to my recent finding, regular intake of bitter kola helps to relieve the pain in the joints, and inflammation due to the high presence of antioxidant.
4. Serves as Anti-malaria: Bitter kola contains anti malaria properties such as kolavin, quinines, that has prove to be effective in the treatment of malaria.
5. Detoxify the Body system: Garcinia kola also contain antioxidant that is used to detoxify the liver, gall bladder and it also serve as sexual stimulant in men as its increases blood flow the genital area in men who have hardening arteries.
6. Enhance Immune system: Like I said before bitter kola contains a lot of antioxidant and anti inflammatory properties that helps prevent infections of viruses, diseases, it is also believe to contain anti poison. In addition to this garcinia kola serves as a natural hunger suppressant and also increases the urge to drink more water.
Other health benefits of bitter kola is that it has the potential to cure diseases like hepatitis, Staphylococcus aureus, Salmonella typhi, fever and diarrhea because it leaf contains antibacterial compounds.
Does Bitter Kola Help Sexually? Read Experts’ Answers
Do you that bitter cola is one of the best and natural ways to boost your sperm without going through medical means.
Research has shown that individuals that have the habit of chewing two pieces in a day hardly suffer low sperm count. Bitter kola is a type of nut mostly found in several parts of Nigeria and West-Central Africa as a whole and the tree grows in the (tropical) rain forests. Its biological name is “Garcinia kola” and belongs to the family of “Guittiferal”. Popularly known as bitter kola, Garcinia kola grows mainly in the rainforests region of West Africa such as Nigeria, Benin, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Cameroon, Congo, Ghana, Senegal, Ivory Coast and Gabon.
Bitter kola seeds, fruit, bark and nuts are used for treating diseases and ailments from time immemorial. Regardless the economic benefits of bitter kola, its cultivation are quite minimal due to certain prevailing factors. Bitter Kola has been identified as a potent antibiotic which could be effective in the treatment of many diseases. The fruit, seeds, nuts and bark of the tropical tree have been used for centuries in traditional medicines to treat many forms of ailments.
Chewing bitter kola relieves coughs, hoarseness, bronchial and throat troubles. Several studies discovered bitter kola to be a remedy for dysentery, osteoarthritis, an antidote against poisoning and considered an aphrodisiac.
Different tribes in Nigeria has different names for bitter kola such as; Ibo (Igbo) call it aku-ilu or ugolo, the Isekiri call it okain, Efik call it efiari or edun, Yoruba call bitter kola orogbo, Hausa call it cida goro, Bokyi call it oje, Ejagham-Ekin call it efrie, Ibibio call it efiat while the Idoma call it igoligo.
One of the most recognizable expressions around is “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” However, experts have discovered that bitter kola is a close contender close contender considering its affordability and its medicinal benefits.
Experts have found that bitter kola is protective of many diseases such as cancer, diabetes, knee osteoarthritis (Bone softening), neurological diseases like Parkinson’s disease and cough.
A professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Toxicology, Ebenezer Farombi speaking at the Research Day 2016 of the College of Medicine, Ibadan, stated that taking two bitter kola nuts a day is able to ensure the body has enough Kolaviron, its main constituent, which keeps many diseases away.
Traditionally, bitter kola is used in the treatment of liver diseases, sore throat, cough, bacterial infections and a known aphrodisiac.
Recently, many studies have provided scientific evidence that the saying “taking bitter kola a day keeps the doctor away” is in fact true. Particularly, it fences off various chronic diseases including cancer, erectile dysfunction and other diseases that involve oxidative stress and inflammation.
According to Farombi “its intrinsic antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties will prevent any disease that has oxidative stress and inflammation as an undertone.”
Antioxidants are compounds that counteract the damaging effects of free radicals. Free radicals, products of normal cell processes, can wreak havoc in their quest to hook up with other molecules, which could be lipids, protein, or DNA.
The free radicals’ actions can damage the molecules they react with, sometimes destroying them. This process is known as oxidative stress or oxidative damage.
Humans, and all animals, have complex antioxidant defence systems, but they are not perfect in fending off stress; oxidative damage will occur.
Cancer and cardiovascular diseases are thought to be in part the results of oxidative stress, so foods like apples, bitter kola and other fruits and vegetables, rich in antioxidants, may be especially helpful in warding off these diseases.
Moreover, the toxicology expert declared that kolaviron in animal studies is protective of liver problems, adding “it has been used to treat cirrhosis of the liver in a herbal home. From series of studies, we have been able to show that bitter kola and its extract are actually liver protective.
“In Nigeria, aflatoxin contamination of grains like maize and groundnut is very common, so also is hepatitis B and C infections. Both potentiate liver cancer and therefore we envisage that bitter kola since it is used as a liver protective agent will be relevant in the aetiology of liver diseases.
“Extrapolating the amount used in animal studies to humans, about two seeds of bitter kola per day will be effective in curtailing a myriad of diseases including liver diseases.”
Farombi said that consuming bitter kola daily is also protective against environmental contaminants that lower male libido.
According to him, “traditionally, people believe that it is very effective in erectile dysfunction. One of the things we found in animal studies was that it boosts testosterone level. Testosterone level has been shown to be responsible for effective sexual activity. When there is a decrease in testosterone, such lack libido.
“It was also found in animal studies to also improve sperm quality and count in preclinical studies as well as protect against damage to the testis, thus qualifying to be an effective agent in the treatment of male infertility.”
He also advised on regular intake of bitter kola to counteract the negative effects of many heavy metals in the environmental pollutants, adding that environmental pollutants both in the air and through foods, oil spillage, gas flaring and indiscriminate use of pesticides and herbicides had been implicated in many diseases, including cancers.
The expert, who noted that about 80 percent of cancers have identifiable factors and 35 and 50 percent due to diet, said studies have also shown turmeric, ginger, bitter leave and red palm oil as some other common food items with cancer-protective constituents.
Tips on How to Prepare Bitter Kola for Low Sperm Count
Normally, bitter kola is soaked for 2 days; then blended with warm water to extract the juice. After blending, sift with a sieve so that a pure and clear solution is obtained.
Some people prefer to remove the back; however, the mixture is more potent when blended together. This increases the level of active substances in the bitter kola.
Get 6 to 7 pieces of bitter cola. Blend until a smooth texture is obtained, add a half cup of water to the blended mixture, stir and drink.
When mixed with honey, it increases the potency of the herbs for individuals who cannot withstand the bitter taste of the cola.