Health Benefits Of Bitter Kola

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Bitter kola is a type of kola found in some parts of Nigeria. Its biological name is “Garcinia kola” and it belongs to the family of “Guittiferal”. In Yoruba land, it is called ‘Orogbo’, In Igbo it is called ‘Agbilu’, ‘Adi’ or ‘Aki ilu’ while among the Hausas, it is known as ‘Namijin Gworo.’

It is a wonderful agricultural product with a wide range of applications in natural and orthodox medicine.

Research shows that  bitter kola is a potent antibiotic, which could be effective in the treatment of many ailments and infections. Garcinia kola as its traditionally called is  used by African medicine men who believe that it has purgative, antiparasitic, and antimicrobial properties. The seeds are used for bronchitis, throat infections, colic, head or chest colds, and cough. It is also used for liver disorders and as a chewing stick.

According to a Nutritional Biochemist at the Nigerian Institute of Medical Research, Yaba, Lagos, Dr Bartholomew Brai, he says that bitter kola was used in the preparation of herbal drugs either as nourishment, supplement or herbal remedy.

Brai said, “If a patient on medication chews bitter kola, it will make the drugs ineffective. Aside this, I do not think bitter kola has any other side effect.

“Bitter kola has lots of health benefits, like the treatment of cough, sneezing, cold, diarrhea, tuberculosis, bacterial infection and fever to mention a few’.

“It improves lungs function by expanding the alveolar ducts and sac in the lungs thereby improving and strengthening the fibers in the lung tissue.”

He also says that there was no recorded side effect to the regular intake of bitter kola, adding that it was all round medicinal.

So, what are you waiting for? Look for the closest bitter kola seller,buy some for yourself, and even friends and enjoy this life saving bitterness.

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