Hello guys, today i will discuss garcinia kola benefits also known as bitter kola. But first let me define garcinia kola so we can have a picture.
Garcinia kola is a species of flowering plant in the Clusiaceae or Guttiferae family. It is found in Benin, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ivory Coast, Gabon, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal and Sierra Leone. Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests.
From the definiton above, you can tell that garcinia kola is mostly grown in Africa. Like it is said, that the best of medicines come with a bitter taste: Undeniably, bitter kola is one of them.
The usage of bitter kola is not limited to traditional activities alone. As a matter of fact, the fruit, seeds, nuts, and bark of the plant have been used for centuries in folk medicine to treat ailments from coughs to fever. This is because garcina kola contain a high source of vitamins and minerals such as Vitamins A, C, E, B1, B2, B3, fiber, calcium, potassium, and iron, also carry other antioxidants.
Before i start discussing the 10 Amazing Health Benefits of Garcinia Kola, i would like to tell you guys my experience on why i am writing this content.
I had a serious cough in October 2018, that was last two months. I took a lot of cough syrup and still no positive result. I was scared because having such cough for a long period of time is not a good health situation. I went to see a doctor and he wrote down series of test i would do.
After the test they found nothing. All he did was to give me the cough syrup, then i left the hospital. when i got home i said to myself, see you can no longer continue with this, look for an alternative. Yes i was lucky enough to meet an African elderly man that knows African medicine.
I was thinking that it is going to be a hectic process but all he told me was, Hey young man buy Garcinia kola and eat. i was not fully convinced but i had to try because i have tried other means which did not yield any positive result. I bought it and ate one of it that day.
Guys, guess what happened, the cough was no more. Thats Amazing right? and thats my testmony. Let me talk on the health benefits below,
1) It fights prolonged cough
A lot of persons do not like to eat garcinia kola because of its bitterness. Like my above testimony, bitter kola fights cough and thats amazing. There are mico organisms responsible for cough and garcinia kola fights those micro organism because its an antibiotic. When you have a cough that has stayed for a long time, the best solution to it is to eat garcinia kola.
2) It combats STDs
Since the emergence of sexually transmitted diseases, noble scientists have been battling night and day to bring lasting solution the plague.
Although their battle may seem somewhat difficult as a result of the complicatedness of the diseases, results have shown that seed and leaf of bitter kola have antibacterial activity on clinical isolates of Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli, Salmonella typhi and Streptococcus pyrogens.
3) It improves the function of the lungs
The fibers and lung tissues are not only strengthened when bitter kola is consumed regularly in a considerate amount, it also stabilizes any other counter effect.
In addition, it helps in the maintenance of good respiratory track as well as treating chest cold.
Still wondering why some smokers move along with bitter kola?
4) It improves immunity system
Bitter kola has a high amount of antioxidant. This high amount of antioxidants found in bitter kola does not only help fight bacteria and other illnesses, it also helps the body to increase its immunity levels.
And when the immunity level of the body is increased, it becomes strong enough to fight against any foreign contaminant.
5) It is anti-malaria agent
Studies have shown that chemical constituents in bitter kola have anti-malarial properties. This is why traditional healers have for many years prescribed bitter kola for the treatment of malaria infections.
Additionally, the stem, bark, and seeds of bitter kola are used to treat acute fever, inflammation of the respiratory tract and throat infections.
6) Bitter kola and eye pressure (Glaucoma)
An increase in eye pressure can lead to glaucoma, according to a report from The New York Times Health Guide. Researchers at Lagos University Teaching Hospital in Nigeria tested the effectiveness of eye drops that contained 0.5 percent extract of Garcinia kola. The results of their study, published in the January 2010 issue of Middle East African Journal of Opthamology, showed that the opthamolic solution that contained the Garcinia significantly reduced eye pressure when used twice a day.
7) Bitter kola and weight loss
Bitter Kola has been known to be a natural hunger suppressant and also increases the urge to drink more water.
8) Bitter kola and HIV/AIDS
Bitter kola is a potent antibiotic which could be efficacious in the treatment of HIV and AIDS. A researcher with the Nigeria Natural Medicine Development Agency (NNMDA), Mrs. Chinyere Nwokeke said that bitter kola could be used in treating opportunistic infections associated with HIV. She said: “Bitter kola is highly recommended in the treatment of HIV and AIDS because of its antibacterial, detoxification, and cleansing properties”. She also said that the chemical, Saponin, in bitter kola is responsible for its cleansing effect. Saponin is mainly used as tonic for the liver, it enhances the functions of the liver and gall bladder.
9) Bitter kola and male fertility
Garcinia kola, also called bitter kola is sometimes believed to cure impotence. Frequent taking of bitter kola boosts a man’s performance in bed with a woman.
10) Remedy and osteoarthritis
Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis, characterised by pain, inflammation and limited movement in the joints, according to the National Institutes of Health. Causes of osteoarthritis can include joint injury, obesity and aging. Since many arthritis sufferers prefer natural herbal medicines to other pain relievers and medications, researchers at Obafemi Awolowo University in Nigeria tested the effects of Garcinia 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 Garcinia kola significantly reduced inflammation and pain and increased joint movement in subjects that had osteoarthritis symptoms.
In Conclusion, we have disscused 10 Amazing Health Benefits of Garcinia kola, and you can see that its amazing and its important to take care of your health. Forget the bitterness and try it. Thank You.