Kola nut is the fruit of the kola tree (Cola acuminata and Cola nitida), which is indigenous to West Africa.
In Nigeria, Kola nut is an important cultural symbol for many ethnic groups.
It is usually given to guests at weddings, funerals and even naming ceremonies as a way of welcoming the guests. It is also a sign or show of respect.
This little fruit is packed with caffeine. Each nut contains more caffeine than two large cups of American coffee.
Kola nut has been reported to have some health benefits. People have claimed that kola nut sweetens stale water, treats fatigue, and eases hunger pains. They’re claims until proven true. However, most of the benefits of kola nut are connected to its high caffeine content.
Claims have also been made that kola nut treats:
* skin diseases
* morning sickness
* intestinal diseases
* low sex drive
* coughs and asthma
* various eye problems
Some possible benefits of the kola include the following:
-It boosts metabolism
Kola nut and it’s products contain caffeine, which may give a person’s metabolism a boost.
-It aids digestion
Kola nut, it’s powder and extract may help digestion as they are thought to promote the production of gastric acid, which increases the rate at which the digestive enzyme work in the stomach.
-It boosts energy levels
Kola nut naturally stimulates the central nervous system, which may increase alertness and boost energy levels.
-It contains antibacterial properties
A study reported that the use of kola nut extract might stop the growth of harmful bacteria.
Kola nut and its extract are generally considered safe by the FDA and other governing bodies around the world. But, one has to be mindful of the caffeine content of kola supplements and kola-containing energy drinks. Too much caffeine can be dangerous to ones health and has terrible side effects which includes restlessness, insomnia, jitteriness and shakiness, headaches,rapid or abnormal heart rate etc.