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Health Benefits of Bitter kola

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Health Benefits of Bitter kola


Health Benefits of Bitter kola

Bitter kola, also known as bitter cola or Garcinia Kola, is a nut found in Central and Western Africa that has long been valued for its medicinal properties.

It is a species of flowering plants belonging to the family Guttiferae and grows in coastal rainforests in the South-Western and South-Eastern parts of Nigeria, and it also can be found in some African countries, such as Cameroon, Côte de Ivoire, Ghana, Liberia, Gabon.

Bitter kola seeds have a sharp, bitter flavor that eases into a slight sweetness as you chew, and they are mostly eaten raw.






The FDA considers bitter kola generally safe to eat, but classifies it similarly to essential oils. However, a 2013 study found that bitter kola was high in the following nutrients:
Vitamin C


Bitter kola may be able to help with health problems and such it will be a great idea to have some at home. It is mostly sold in the markets and it is quiet affordable.

Let’s learn some the benefits of taking in Bitter cola



Bitter kola is a potent antibiotic with many detoxification abilities. When someone accidentally takes in any poisonous substances or eaten something contaminated by bacteria, chewing in bitter kola will prevent any infection or discomfort.

2. Anti-malaria

According to scientists, chemical constituents in bitter kola have anti-malarial properties. Additionally, the stem, bark, and seeds of bitter kola are used to treat acute fever, inflammation of the respiratory tract and throat infections.

3. Inflammation

Bitter kola seeds have commonly been chewed on in Africa to fight against inflammatory conditions like arthritis. One 2008 study showed that patients with osteoarthritis in their knees showed significantly reduced inflammation when eating bitter kola. The high levels of potassium in bitter kola may be a contributing factor in reducing inflammation.


4. Sexual Impotence

Research has shown, that garcinia kola (bitter kola), has aphrodisiac effects (causes or increases sexual desire) in male folks, and as such is used in the treatment of erectile dysfunction. In other to be effective, it is advisable to chew the kola for at least two minutes before intercourse.


5. Improve Diabetes

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.


6. Anti- bacterial properties

A study published in the Science Journal of Microbiology has shown that both the bitter kola seeds and leaves have antibacterial properties. Bitter kola was tested against Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus Pyogenes, Salmonella typhi and Escherichia coli. The plant was able to inhibit these microorganisms.


7.Immunity System

Bitter kola has a high amount of antioxidant. This high amount of antioxidants found in bitter kola helps the body to increase its immunity level. When the immunity level of the body is increased, it becomes strong enough to fight against any foreign contaminant.


Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed.kjv 


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