Kola Nuts!!! The fact that most people are almost never able to consume them with a straight face have invariably been a spirit-dampener to those who are curious about this popular food born of a tree that is native to the tropical rain-forests of Africa.
I’ve been ‘courageous’ enough to give it a go and honestly, they don’t taste so pleasant; but they are definitely not as bad as the expressions people make with their faces while they eat them. You can handle it. Kola nuts are not as bitter as bile.
Even if they were, I seriously believe that their uses are so important and sweet that they will leave you chewing away on them with even a wide grin on your face.
While kola nut’s most common application in most parts of the world is as a flavoring agent for different brands of soda, its medicinal benefits have gained traction among lots of people who now view it as dietary supplement for good health.
Used for energy drinks, dietary supplements, performance enhancers among others, this caffeine-containing fruit is known to have the ability to boost the metabolism, improve digestion, increase circulation, improve cognition, and boost energy levels, to mention but a few.
One of the peculiar power of kola nut which can largely be attributed to its caffeine content, is its ability to stimulate the body and increase heart rate. While this may not really be good news for people dealing with pre-existing heart conditions, it is just what any person who has a slow metabolism rate needs.
Caffeine stimulates the heart to pump more blood, helping in the activity of glucose-filled blood which optimize the production of energy when consumed. When kola nuts are therefore consumed in moderate quantities, they work to stabilize the heart and enable the body to make best use of its energy.
Another useful property of kola nuts are their capacity to boost the circulation of oxygen to certain essential parts of the body, including the organs, skin, and also the brain. Increased levels and circulation of oxygen to the brain are known to have several positive mental and cognitive effects, and kola nuts do just that; helping people maintain high concentration and awareness.
The proper flow of oxygen does not only benefit your cognition as it also promotes healing of wounds and worn out cells in the body.
Kola nuts are also used in the treatment of digestion-related problems. The active ingredients of kola nuts assists in properly breaking down foods and enhances nutrient uptake. Consequently, people who eat this super food every now and then are usually safe from constipation, bloating, cramping, and other gastrointestinal issues.