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

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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 Jide Omiyale on
    July 19, 2016 - 8:11am
    Ibadan ,

    By accident, I stumbled on Kola eating. Have been doing it regularly now for months. i found out I wake up, every morning strong and ready to go. No stretching no booting ala computer. Just up and go and I am above 60. In fact, it was because of what i experienced that drove me to search for more facts on Kola, which brought me to this site. I can confirm that Kola has positive health effects but I do not know if it has side effects.

    Submitted by John Appleby on
    July 22, 2016 - 3:40am
    Sale ,

    I'm married in Gambia,my wife often chews Kola nuts,being an ex smoker I suffer from medium COPD.
    Would the Kola nut be benificial to my lung problems,thanks.

    Submitted by BaselineFoundation on
    July 26, 2016 - 5:22pm

    There are natural remedies that are way more effective for lung health.  I highly recommend reading this article: https://jonbarron.org/article/diseases-respiratory-system

    Submitted by PAXZI on
    August 25, 2016 - 6:33am


    Submitted by Enedion Anthonia on
    August 28, 2016 - 3:10am

    I used different drugs to cure cough but it did not work untill i tried bitter cola.With my own experience, bitter cola is very good for the body.

    Submitted by Asy on
    September 5, 2016 - 8:23am
    Kumasi ,

    As a young boy can i start chewing kola nut

    Submitted by john on
    September 16, 2016 - 3:00pm
    Abuja nigeria ,

    I think kola nut has some wonderful antibacteria. Right now i have just finished one kola nut after reading about it on goggle. I am feeling wonderful right now. I was tested positive to protozoa, it seams no medication is working. Pls pray for me. Thank u.

    Submitted by dokpesi on
    September 28, 2016 - 12:27pm
    benin ,

    the use of kolanut shoul be encourage, but some tradition still believe that kolanut are evilly used

    Submitted by Sarah Omegor on
    October 26, 2016 - 7:50am
    Abuja ,

    Am really impressed with this information. I thought, I was causing serious problem for myself, by secretly chewing my dad's kola nut.

    Submitted by Shepherd Kofi a k a rich nature on
    November 5, 2016 - 1:34am
    Denu ,

    Despite all the good aspect,it should be noted that cola increases the heart beat so anyone with hypertention and high blood pressure should be very CAREFUL as how to use cola or seek doctor's advice before taking cola. And better still it is highly recomended for those with low heart beat.

    Submitted by Lazarus Abaidoo on
    December 1, 2016 - 4:13am
    Accra ,

    Cola but can save dizziness, state of unconsciousness in liquid drink.

    Submitted by Serge ballou on
    December 6, 2016 - 12:30pm
    Phoenix , Arizona

    Kola nut fight prostate cancer snd increase libido

    Submitted by Nazifi Daura on
    December 22, 2016 - 1:04pm
    Daura Katsina ,

    I am a hausa man by tribe, and I used to take Kola for long time, but I experienced some discomfort in my chest, when I went to the hospital l was told that I am suffering from ulcer, I should have to reduce much intake of Kola because it has high content of caffeine. I intend to stop, but what encourage me to continue is that: I was told about its function in regulation of insulin and glucagon in the body to prevent hypo or hyperglycemia. How sure is this?

    Submitted by felix on
    January 8, 2017 - 9:18am
    FCT ,

    exactly what i have been experiencing in my chest that led me to this site. When I told a Pharmacist what i have been feeling, even without telling him i take kola, he told me to abstain from it, i was stunned. As for the later u stated I can't say much on it.

    Submitted by chimaobi gold on
    January 13, 2017 - 7:51am
    Ohafia , Abia State ,

    kola is a very good antioxidant , and i believe as an antioxidant is capable of handling any irrelevant issues or infection or sickness in the body, because of what it is, kola its natural blessed by GOD to help humanity. In my homestead , kola its very important , because "kola" does a lot of things both this world and underworld!!! believe it ,no sh***t

    Submitted by Abraham Derrick on
    January 17, 2017 - 1:30am
    Monrovia ,

    Eating too much Kola nut can it caused harm to the human body? If so what can be the solution to this.

    Submitted by Ferenke Mara on
    February 15, 2017 - 1:26pm
    Winnipeg, Canada ,

    Chewing COLA nut makes u go for hours not feeling hungry or tired. During my school days, we chew COLA nut. It makes us sit for hours, studying.

    Submitted by Attiapah Samuel from Gh on
    February 22, 2017 - 12:58pm
    Accra ,

    Don't abuse it

    Submitted by Jay on
    February 28, 2017 - 4:59am
    Osogbo Nigeria , Arizona

    I have several tones of kola nut for export. Need a buyer ASAP.

    Submitted by B Adams on
    March 14, 2017 - 2:29am
    Kumasi ,

    Is there diffirent between the actual cola nut and the black cola?

    Submitted by Evang Isah simon on
    March 19, 2017 - 5:18am
    Nigeria ,

    Cola nut is good for an elderly person,not advice for children under age.

    Submitted by Odalije on
    March 22, 2017 - 3:51am
    Abuja ,

    Does Kola Nut Boost The Immune System?

    Submitted by Jay on
    May 12, 2017 - 7:39am
    NYC , New York

    Nigerians are idiots.

    Submitted by Brittany Lehman on
    June 16, 2017 - 5:40am
    Provo , Utah

    Does kola nut have hydration properties?

    Submitted by Blessing on
    July 20, 2017 - 5:22am
    ENUGU ,

    It never occur to me that little things we neglect have lots of benefits.

    Submitted by Kev on
    August 1, 2017 - 4:51pm
    s ,

    In Jamaica we call it "bizzy" and we use it to counteract poison.


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