Kola nut is a fruit that comes out from a kola tree. It is often found in the West Africa countries. While the European countries has the kola takes out. The most common kola nuts are the Cola acuminata and cola nitida. Each fruit comprises of 2 or 5 kola nuts about the size of a chestnut and has generally two colours. Kola nuts have a bitter taste when chewed fresh but when they are dried, the taste becomes milder. Its major makeup is caffeine so it acts as an impulse to the central nervous system. It belongs to the Sterculiaceae family.
Kola nut extract is a common recipe found in coca-cola, pepsi and other energy drink in a mild quantity. According to the United states food and drug administration, the kola extracts are safe for human consumption.
Kola nut has numerous advantages though an intensive research has not been performed on it yet.
The use of kola nuts dates back to history and it has been said to cure:
- Oral infection
- Low sex drive
- Cures atonic diarrhoea
- Weight loss
- Whooping cough
- Migraine headache
- Tooth ache
Remember, that the special fruit ‘kola nuts’ can also be dried and boiled to make tea
However, in anyway you might choose to consume it, don’t ever take too much of the kola nut for your health. Modest is good but too much is not advisable.