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    Grace Amos

      Bitter Kola is botanically known as Garcinia Kola. it is a species of flowering plant that belongs to the Mangosteen genus Garcinia of the family Clusiaceae. Bitter Kola is a type of nut, native to West Africa countries like Nigeria, Cameroon, Ghana, Benin, Gambia, Ivory Coast, and others.

      The nut is commonly believed to serve medicinal purposes and have many health benefits. According to traditional beliefs, Bitter kola is said to have purgative, antiparasitic, and antimicrobial properties. It is also used as a cure for liver disorders, bronchitis, throat infections, colic, head or chest colds, and cough. It is typically eaten raw.

      Bitter kola contains various nutrients, including carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, vitamin C, calcium, potassium, iron, and caffeine.

      Here are some health benefits of Bitter kola;

      To treat Infections: Over the years, bitter kola has been used to treat a variety of diseases, including hepatitis and the common cold. According to a 2018 study, bitter kola can aid in the treatment of viral, bacterial, and cough illnesses. When an infection first appears, eating bitter kola may help fight it off and speed up your recovery.

      Inflammation: In Africa, chewing bitter kola seeds has long been used as a remedy for inflammatory diseases like arthritis. According to a 2008 study, consuming bitter kola dramatically reduced inflammation in patients with osteoarthritis in their knees when compared to a placebo. One possible explanation for bitter kola’s ability to reduce inflammation is its high potassium content.

      Antimalarial Properties: It is thought that bitter kola contains chemical components that have antimalarial properties. Among these substances is kolaviron, a naturally occurring phytochemical that exhibits anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties as well as antimalarial properties. Studies indicate that kolaviron-containing bitter kola extracts can lessen the intensity of malaria symptoms and prevent the proliferation of malaria parasites. Bitter kola can be used as a preventive or supportive therapy in locations where malaria is common, but it cannot take the place of traditional antimalarial drugs.

      Relief from Cold and Fever: Bitter kola has been used traditionally to treat fever and cold symptoms. It has bioactive ingredients that can relieve chest cold symptoms and respiratory congestion. Bitter kola improves respiratory system airflow and mucus clearing by expanding the alveolar sac and duct. Additionally, it might have antibacterial qualities that aid in preventing respiratory infections by targeting their root causes.

      Aphrodisiac Properties: For a long time, bitter kola has been considered aphrodisiac, especially for men. According to research, it has ingredients that may improve erectile dysfunction and increase sexual desire. Increased blood flow to the vaginal area may be facilitated by bitter kola, which may enhance sexual performance. Individual experiences may differ, so it’s vital to remember that further study is required to comprehend the mechanics underlying bitter kola’s aphrodisiac benefits completely.

      Immune System Support: It has been demonstrated that bitter kola benefits the immune system. It has bioactive ingredients that assist the body in adjusting to stress and regulating immunological responses. Bitter kola may improve the body’s defenses against infections and illnesses by boosting immunological function. For the immune system to work at its best, a healthy lifestyle that incorporates a balanced diet, frequent exercise, enough sleep, and stress management is crucial.

      Glaucoma Prevention: Research has indicated that glaucoma can be treated and prevented with the use of an eye drop derived from garcinia kola extract. Bitter kola’s active ingredients have the potential to lower intraocular pressure and alleviate glaucoma symptoms.

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