The Effect of bitter kola
Bitter kola has diverse effects on human body.
Bitter kola adversely affects the central nervous system and the peripheral nervous system. When those systems are affected, it results in shakiness, quivering and anxiousness. It may also eventually lead to a mental breakdown as one loses control over body movement.
One of the ancients’ uses of bitter kola/garcinia kola is using it to prevent sleep, this is possible due to its high caffeine content but when it’s taken regularly and in excess can at a point cause insomnia including other related problems such as stomach irritation, nervousness, restlessness, and more. Therefore it is advisable to not abuse the use of bitter kola by overly consuming it.
Bitter kola can slow blood clotting when consumed in large amounts. This can be dangerous when a person gets injured because it will be difficult to stop the bleeding, turning into a life-threatening situation. Bitter kola should therefore be taken in smaller quantities and avoided completely after surgeries.
Even with the numerous benefits of bitter kola, most people head to the market to buy the plant’s products without stopping to think about its side effects. Since the plant is sought for medicinal value, you may find those buying it already on other drugs. If you are one of those, you must consult your doctor to avoid any adverse effects associated with the plant or the medication you are already on.
Studies at Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria tested the effects of bitter kola against arthritis symptoms. The results of the study, written by Olayinka O. Adegbehingbe and published in the July 2008 issue of the Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Research, conclude that bitter kola significantly reduced inflammation and pain and increased joint movement in subjects that had osteoarthritis symptoms.
This is why traditional healers have for many years prescribed bitter kola for the treatment of malaria infections. Although, there are no definite side effects of bitter kola/garcinia kola, but, it is advisable to use the seed on certain occasions because anything in excess or wrong proportion may show a bad side effect.
The analysis of results show that the benefits derived from ingesting bitter kola were rated high for cough, bacterial or viral infection and anticancer. The results also show that most of the respondents consider bitter kola having low benefits for relieving food poison, diarrhea or stomach upset. Chi-square results show no association between gender and perceived benefits of bitter kola for relieving these conditions. In addition, results show that females perceive benefits derive from ingesting bitter kola as low as an aphrodisiac whereas males consider it as average. Chi-square results show significant association between gender and perceived benefits of bitter kola as an aphrodisiac.
Bitter kola can improve physical health.
Bitter kola can also be used to reduce weight. Once consumed, the metabolism of the body increases. Additionally, it reduces hunger such that a person eats when necessary and does not over feed. As such, a person who exercises should consume bitter kola for best results.
The benefits of bitter kola to improve the functioning of the lungs can be attributed to its high antioxidant content. It helps in the maintenance of a good respiratory tract as well as treating chest cold. It has a favourably high antioxidant content for a healthy body.
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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.
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.
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, as a reduced intake of food and a large intake of water is needed by the body to get rid of excess fat and stay healthy.
This high amount of antioxidants found in bitter kola does not only help fight bacteria and other illnesses, but it also helps the body to increase its immunity levels. When the immunity level of the body is increased, it becomes strong enough to fight against any foreign contaminant.
Bitter kola can improve mental health.
Garcinia kola or bitter kola is an edible nut, which belongs to a unique group of plants that help organisms to adapt to stress by influencing multiple regulatory systems such as the immune system and act also as a general anti-infective agent. Bitter kola might work for depressions, fatigue problems, atonic diarrhea, migraine, and other disease conditions.
Glaucoma is a condition of increased pressure within the eyeball, causing a gradual loss of sight. It could result in permanent blindness if left untreated. However, bitter kola has been found to be an amazing remedy for the eye. When bitter kola is eaten, at least twice a day, it could successfully reduce the eye pressure.
Bitter kola, also known as bitter cola or Garcinia 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.
Other studies show sedative and antidepressant activity, comparable to imipramine and attenuation of the acoustic startle response (supporting anxiolytic claims). It is used for memory enhancement, as a sedative nervine, and as an antispasmodic. It is considered to be a “balancing tonic” that both increases energy and relaxes the body, especially useful for insomnia.
Garcinia kola (bitter kola) is a type of blooming plant having a place with the Mango steen sort Garcinia of the family Clusiaceae (a.k.a. Guttiferae). It is found in Benin, Cameroon, The Gambia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ivory Coast, Mali, Gabon, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal, and Sierra Leone. Its normal natural surroundings are subtropical or tropical damp marsh woods.
Garcinia kola (bitter kola) also known as African wonder nut, 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, and a few others *(Leakey, 2007)†.
Garcinia kola, sometimes confused with the west African cola nut, Cola nitida/C. acuminata, enjoys a folk reputation as a general antidote, tonic and antitussive agent, and has been incorporated into many traditional formulations for the treatment of various diseases.