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Benefits Of Bitter kola - [The Untold Secrets]


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BENEFITS OF BITTER KOLA AND BITTER KOLA SIDE EFFECTS



Benefits of bitter kola both physically and spiritually shall be discussed below;


Bitter kola also known with its binomial name ‘’Garcinia kola’’ is a plant that is found in Nigeria and some other African countries like Republic of Benin, Congo, Senegal, Liberia, Cameroon, Ghana, Ivory coast, Sierra Leone  and Gabon.

Bitter kola as its name implies has a bitter taste and it is mostly eaten by old people who tend to know these bitter kola benefits. These old people most especially the ‘Yorubas’ in Nigeria have this believe that eating bitter kola will make them spend a longer period on earth because of the meaning of its Yoruba name ‘Orogbo’ which means the kola of old age. Also because of this reason, it is mostly used in their prayers. 
Aside the Yoruba’s, other tribes in Nigeria find it really useful for different purposes.


We won’t be going into much detail here as other things you need to know about the secret benefits of bitter kola would be discussed under the following sub-headings below.


  • The nutritional values of bitter kola.
  • The health benefits of bitter kola.
  • The parts of a bitter kola plant and their uses.
  • The bitter kola side effects.



THE NUTRITIONAL VALUES OF BITTER KOLA


As we all know that most the things we eat and drink has at least one nutritional value. Bitter kola also has a lot of them. Let’s find out the nutritional values of bitter kola from the table below.




NUTRITIONAL VALUE
AMOUNT
FUNCTIONS
Protein
11.3%
Protein helps in the repair of worn out tissues in your body.
It is also essential for good growth.
Carbohydrate
70%
Carbohydrate provides lot energy for the body.
Vitamin  C
-
Vitamin C helps in proper functioning of the cells, teeth, and bones.
Vitamin B1
-
Vitamin B1 aids the body metabolism.
Vitamin E
-
Vitamin E helps in saturation of fatty acids.
They also help in the maintenance of cells.
Potassium and Sodium
-
They are good supplements for healthy bones.





THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF BITTER KOLA [ WONDERS OF BITTER KOLA]



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Yes I tagged them wonders because as small as a seed of bitter kola may look, they can be very powerful and useful to man .Trust me there is always sweetness at the end of every bitter experience, the taste of the bitter kola may not be mouth friendly but it may be one of the body best friends. The bitter kola is known to be highly medicinal; it has been used to solve several health related issues ranging from coughs down to fever. So never underestimate the power of bitter things. Below are some of the health benefits of bitter kola.




  • BITTER KOLA PREVENTS GLAUCOMA:


Presently you are reading this from your phone or system if I am not mistaking. Do you know when the pressure from these gadgets becomes too much for our eyes; the risk of developing glaucoma or other eye problems becomes high and you know our sense of sight is not a thing to toy with, so taking bitter kola at moderate amount tend to reduce the risk of getting glaucoma.


  • BITTER KOLA WORKS FOR COLD AND FEVER:


 Whenever you begin to feel symptom of fever like cough, sore throat, cold, and other feverish condition. The anti bacterial properties of bitter kola helps in soothing this kind of conditions at their early stage, so always keep bitter close to you in case you find yourself in this condition. It works great.

  • BITTER KOLA HELPS IN MALERIA TREATMENT:


Yes malaria is one of the most common illnesses in Africa today and Nigeria to be precise which popularly caused by mosquitoes. The treatment of malaria arguably takes share in the incomes of most homes in Africa but only few knows that bitter kola which is almost readily available and cheap is capable of fighting against malaria. The kolaviron which is a major constituent of bitter kola has an anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant property which is capable of taking care of malaria at its early stage.

  • BITTER KOLA RELIEF ARTHRITIS:


The bitter kola is known to reduce pain, inflammation and immovable joint which are said to be the main symptoms of arthritis. Though ageing, injury, obesity, and heredity may lead to the symptoms above but consuming a reasonable amount of bitter kola can help relief this condition.


  • BITTER KOLA HELPS THE LUNG:


You know what the lung does for the life, without it breathing will be hindered. The presence of anti-oxidant in bitter kola helps the lungs and the respiratory tract as whole by keeping them healthy and also minerals like potassium and sodium helps to strengthen the lungs tissue which will make it capable of resisting any attack.

  • BITTER KOLA AND SPERM:


 Eating bitter kola some minutes before sexual intercourse tend to help the man satisfy his partner because it tends to boost the libido of man there by making the have high sexual drive.

  • BITTER KOLA AND WEIGHT LOSS:


 Weight loss is just another topic on its own. Now this is how bitter kola works for weight. Do you know consuming bitter kola helps to make on lose appetite for food without feeling hunger and also makes one drink more water than usual, so at the course of this process there is surely going to influence weight lose.




  • BITTER KOLA FIGHTS POISON:


 Naturally, the bitter kola is anti-poisonous in nature, when the bitter kola seed is eaten together with its bark it helps in detoxification of any harmful substance that has been taken to the body system especially in the case of food poison.

  • BITTER KOLA AND LONG LIFE:


Aside the belief of the aged Yoruba people about bitter kola and long life above, the studies have shown that the bitter kola aids the breaking down of glycogen in the liver, thereby increasing man’s period on earth.

  • BITTER KOLA AND THE IMMUNE SYSTEM:


There are some facts that are yet to be proven scientifically; meanwhile they tend to occur by nature. Yes the bitter kola by nature is known to boost man’s immune system thereby prevent them from various dangerous body attack like the likes of HIV, EBOLA, FLU and AIDS.



THE PARTS OF A BITTER KOLA PLANT AND THEIR USES




Having gone through the health benefits of bitter kola, I will like to introduce what makes up the so called bitter kola. The table below presents the parts of bitter kola plant and their uses.



PARTS
USES
The seed
Some the uses are already discussed above, they are also used in treatment of cirrhosis and hepatitis.
The stem bark
The stem bark is mostly used in its powdered form for malignant tumors
The Gum or Latex
This is used in healing on wound and sometimes treating gonorrhea
The Sap
This is applied on skin for getting rid of various skin infections

THE BITTER KOLA SIDE EFFECTS


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So far so good we have been discussing about the benefits of bitter kola but let us not forget that everything that has advantages tend to have their disadvantages. But in the case of bitter kola the disadvantages or probable its side effect are probably due to excess usage as you know that too much of everything is bad, so below are some of the side effects of bitter kola when used in excess.



  1. Excess usage of bitter kola can increase anxiety.
  2. Too much of bitter kola causes mouth cancer.
  3. It can increase weight loss when taken in excess.
  4. It increases sex drive in man.
  5. Taking bitter on an empty stomach can trigger nausea.



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