kola nut benefits (bitter kola)

Kola Nut (Cola Acuminate)

Health Benefits of Kola Nuts

You may be surprised to learn that the kola nut (aka kolanut) is the origin of the word “cola,” and the tree on which it grows is believed among some Nigerian tribes to be the first tree on earth. This nut is how the first cola recipe received its caffeine kick -- along with real coca leaves. No wonder people thought it was “medicinal.” Today, your typical cola drink uses an artificial flavoring plus added caffeine, but you can still find real kola nuts being used in higher end sodas, in products like energy bars, and as a natural medicinal remedy.

The kola nut, also know as cola acuminate, is a caffeine-rich nut that is native to tropical Africa. In these regions, the nut is considered a symbol of hospitality and kindness. Though nearly tasteless on their own, kola nuts are often chewed before meals to help promote digestion and to help counteract possible ill effects from tainted drinking water.

Kola Nuts as a Natural Stimulant

Men's Formula From Baseline Nutritionals

As already mentioned, kola nut is a stimulant, containing 1.5% - 2% caffeine, plus kolanin and theobromine, which increases cerebral circulation. Theobromine is the alkaloid compound that can be found in chocolate and is thought to contribute a sense of alertness and well-being. This combination of caffeine and theobromine may be a contributing factor for the mild sense of euphoria that’s often reported after chewing the nuts. The net result is that the stimulating components of kola nut can be used to improve the mental energy and stimulate the sex drive without whipping the adrenals. Thus, the addition of a small amount of kola nut to formulas can stimulate and prolong sexual urges and intensity while revitalizing libido both in men and women without exhausting the adrenals. It is why you will see this ingredient used in Jon Barron’s Men’s Formula and Women’s Formula.

Kola Nuts as a Natural Infection Fighter

The kola nut may also help prevent and fight infections. Research published in the 2004 edition of “Phytotherapy Research” showed that kola nut was effective at reducing the growth and development of members of the mycobacterium species, the bacteria responsible for illnesses such as meningitis and tuberculosis.

Kola Nuts as a Natural Chest Cold Remedy

One of the oldest medicinal uses for the kola nut is as a natural remedy for chest colds. And modern research has shown that it is effective in this regard. The kola nut helps by enlarging the alveolar ducts and sacs (small air bags in the lungs where oxygen and carbon dioxide are exchanged with the blood), as well as by improving the strength of the fibers in the lung tissue.

Kola Nuts for Natural Weight Loss

Kola nuts may even offer a natural weight loss benefit. In a study published in the Nigerian Journal of Physiological Sciences, it was found that a steady intake of kola nut by rats can actually reduce food intake, and therefore body weight, without altering water intake. This is thought to be due to the caffeine in the nuts reducing the rats' appetites. Other studies have found that intake of kola nut can increase the body's metabolic rate by as much as 118%, which means that it may help “burn off” calories more quickly. Kola nut extracts also contain nonsteroidal plant compounds that have the ability to induce death of cancerous prostate cells and may modulate prostate growth and function.

Additional Health Benefits of Kola Nuts

In addition to being a stimulant, kola nut can help increase oxygen levels in the blood and promote better concentration and a “clearing” of the head. Kola nut, like cayenne, also serves to "drive" other herbs into the blood.

How to Take Kola Nuts

Kola nuts are often ground into a powder. Because the whole nut stores caffeine much better than the powder form, it is recommended that the nut be ground right before use or preserved in tincture form. Kola nut powder can be added to coffee to increase the caffeine content, and can also be drunk in tea. The powder is also sometimes taken in capsule form.


"Nigerian Journal of Physiological Sciences"; The Comparative Effects Of Chronic Consumption Of Kola Nut (Cola nitida) And Caffeine Diets On Locomotor Behaviour And Body Weights In Mice; E. B. Umoren et al; 2009 Issue 1
Journal of Toxicology: Molecular and Biochemical Effects of a Kola Nut Extract on Androgen Receptor-Mediated Pathways


    Submitted by Diedhiou Caporal Chef on
    June 9, 2015 - 10:21am
    Ziguinchor ,

    I chew 2 cola nut a day. Thanks God, when Iwent to the Dr's visit, my blood was taken for analyze and came up free of any disease or illness. The Dr was amazed and wanted to what was I doing to stay healthy with almost 50 years old ZERO illness detected.

    Submitted by Gloria the Glorious on
    July 11, 2015 - 12:27pm

    As a child and even as an adult one cup cola nut tea (1 teaspoon dried grated cola nut to a cup of boiling water; allow to simmer for about five minutes and cool to temperature as can be tolerated. Strain and drink, this has been a lifesaver to me and members of my family and for years. We are never without grated cola nut.

    Submitted by Callistus on
    July 17, 2015 - 3:18pm
    Tamale ,

    I used to chew my grandpa's kola, but I didn't know that kola can play a vital role in our health. Anyway, everything created by God is good, only its use is bad-too much of it.

    Submitted by mark k anane on
    July 22, 2015 - 9:58am
    accra ,

    I always dificat everything I eat immediately it entered to my stomach so pls can kola nut cure it

    Submitted by Anonymous on
    July 26, 2016 - 8:27am
    Accra ,

    Please see a doctor pronto

    Submitted by Anonymous on
    July 23, 2015 - 2:49am
    Accra ,

    I'll give it a try

    Submitted by caroline de Lisser on
    July 24, 2015 - 6:05pm
    Montego Bay ,

    I read several articles and one stated that consuming cola nut every day is not a good idea as it has a substance that can cause cancer. Apparently there is a higher incidence in esophageal cancer in those that chew it every day.

    Submitted by BaselineFoundation on
    July 28, 2015 - 2:25pm

    There is a chasm of difference in the quantities consumed when one is chewing it everyday vs consuming it as a minor component of a formula.

    Submitted by thomas toyosi on
    July 28, 2015 - 1:08pm
    Oshodi ,

    Does kolanut also help bring high blood pressure down?

    Submitted by BaselineFoundation on
    August 13, 2015 - 6:01pm

    High levels of caffeine can definitely increase systolic and diastolic blood pressure by increasing the resistance in the peripheral veins. In a study reported in the journal Hypertension, researchers gave an average dose of 260 milligrams caffeine to 182 men with varying risks for high blood pressure, from low-risk through those diagnosed with hypertension. Results showed caffeine increased blood pressure in all groups, and caffeine produced higher blood pressure in those with higher risk for hypertension. (http://hyper.ahajournals.org/content/36/1/137.full) Theobromine, the other key phytochemical found in kola nut produces more mixed results, notably: Natural dose theobromine cocoa did not significantly change either 24-hour ambulatory or central systolic blood pressure compared with placebo. (http://hyper.ahajournals.org/content/56/5/839.long)

    It should be noted that kola nut is a minor ingredient in both Jon Barron’s Men’s and Women’s formulas, and the amount of caffeine found in either is far, far less than that used in either study.

    Submitted by Nnoli Dorothy on
    February 14, 2016 - 1:30am
    Jos City ,

    kolanut is very important to our health and so needs to by taken for good health.

    Submitted by Randy on
    August 26, 2015 - 7:07am
    bende , New Jersey

    Does Kola nut inhence sexual life ? Thanks

    Submitted by Serge B. on
    September 23, 2015 - 9:57am
    Phoenix i , Arizona

    In my research I discovered that kola nut can kill prostate cancer .I used it often .We thank God for that natural remedy .

    Submitted by Temilade yetunde on
    November 22, 2015 - 11:57pm
    ilorin ,

    Gud morn, is it true that the bark of Kola nut is good TTC person to be able to conceive.tnx

    Submitted by Andrea on
    December 3, 2015 - 7:01pm
    Toronto ,

    What types of food and beverages could I find kola nut on the ingredients? Could it be listed by another name on the ingredients list? I have an allergy to kola nuts and I don't drink any pop/soda or instant coffee so I am struggling to figure out where I might have consumed it? Any help would be appreciated.

    Submitted by Lola on
    December 28, 2015 - 9:35pm
    Lagos ,

    Can kolanut increase immune?

    Submitted by BaselineFoundation on
    January 1, 2016 - 2:18pm

    There are much stronger herbal remedies for immune boosting. Check out:  http://jonbarron.org/immunity/building-your-immune-system-ebola#.VobtDTZZsZI

    Submitted by Adam Hatibu on
    February 20, 2016 - 1:03pm
    New York , New York

    Wow i love it!!!

    Submitted by Dodzi on
    February 23, 2016 - 3:09pm
    Ghana ,

    Can KOLA nut kill antibiotics?

    Submitted by BaselineFoundation on
    February 25, 2016 - 12:44pm

    You mean kill harmful bacteria? There are other remedies much more powerful.  Read: http://jonbarron.org/article/how-fight-colds-flus-and-infections#.Vs9Zd8dZsZI

    Submitted by Justice yaw asah on
    March 21, 2016 - 10:20am
    Kumasi ,

    I ve used kola nut to cure asthma and joint pains for years .

    Submitted by Cujo on
    March 22, 2016 - 9:04am
    Brentwood , New York

    In my personal observation, people who chew cola nut live long.
    I would not care about the many laboratory tests about cola if there truely were any. Cola is a tropical plant not common in many parts of the world. Let the indigenous people enjoy it the way they know best and what it does for them. I know too much of it can result in insomnia so a moderate consumption is not bad for me. Just watch your body about how much will be too much for you.

    Submitted by Daniel Dwomoh on
    March 29, 2016 - 11:06am
    Ghana ,

    Pls somebody tell me can I blend it and drink? Bcos it bitter.

    Submitted by venice on
    April 19, 2016 - 11:17am
    Worcester , Massachusetts

    yes you can , but not too often. kola nut might also react to other Medes or supplements. consumed. consult you Doctor.

    it's also good for food poison .

    Submitted by tee on
    April 23, 2016 - 4:48pm
    Deltona , Florida

    Can Kola nut clean toxins out of your system?

    Submitted by Johnny Agbley on
    April 26, 2016 - 2:11pm

    Can the garcinia cola help impotenen to perform?

    Submitted by Braimah Nafisah on
    May 10, 2016 - 12:51pm
    konongo ,

    I chew cola every tym i get it and i can tell u dat it a unique natural fruit

    Submitted by King Yb on
    May 26, 2016 - 6:40am
    Yala ,

    God Said To Adam, Eat All FRuit In The Guarden Except That At The MIdel, Every Thing Created By God Is Good And Helpful To Human.

    Submitted by am musah ibrahim on
    June 9, 2016 - 4:14am
    ghana ,

    i like taking fruit and vegetable and i take more water can you advice me

    Submitted by Jaimee Keogler on
    June 27, 2016 - 7:24pm
    Bethel , Connecticut

    Anyone know where I could buy whole, fresh Kola nuts online to be shipped to the US?


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