A plant like no other, endowed with several nutritional aspects and symbol of reunion of many.

Bitter kola, is a plant found in Central and Western Africa that has long been valued for its medicinal properties. Although traditional African medicine uses all parts of the Bitter Kola plant, the seeds are mostly commonly eaten. It has a sharp, bitter flavor that eases into a slight sweetness as you chew, and they’re typically eaten raw. Bitter kola is widely known for its medicinal benefits, as the seeds, nuts, and bark have been and are still being used to treat.

In Nigeria, Cameroon and other countries in Africa, it is an important cultural symbol for many ethnic groups. It is given to guests at weddings, funerals, and naming ceremonies, and it is used in medicine. Ceremonial breaking  the kola nut is important for making people feel welcome in a village or gathering. RELATED: Incredible health benefits of bitter Kola

Impact of Bitter cola on the human bod
  • Bitter kola has been used over the years 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.
  • Bitter kola seeds have commonly been chewed on in Africa to fight against inflammatory conditions like arthritis.
  • It boosts the immune system. It provides the immune system with all the needed support in order to protect one from attacks of harmful toxins and effective immune response against strange particles.
  • The high measure of cancer prevention agents found in severe kola doesn’t just assist with battling microscopic organisms and different diseases, it likewise assists the body with expanding its insusceptibility levels and when the resistance level of the body is expanded, it becomes sufficiently able to battle against any unfamiliar toxin.
  • Moreover, it boosts fertility. Women who experience infertility problems sometimes eat bitter kola to improve fertility.
  • It also helps with weight loss: Bitter kola is known for being a natural hunger suppressant and a great thirst stimulant, and as such helps to reduce weight loss.

In as much as bitter kola is good for the health, it has the following negative impact:

  1. Bitter kola contains loads of caffeine It is a known fact that caffeine causes vasoconstriction and elevates blood pressure leading to possible hypertension,
  2. It equally courses dizziness and muscle weakness are one of the effects of bitter kola on the brain.
  3. Also it courses dehydration. Bitter kola has a way of making you mouth dry after eating it. It dries up the saliva in your mouth and throat, these and many others are the disadvantages of eating bitter kola.

In summary, bitter kola can be of both positive and negative impact to the human system.