Bitter Kola, also known as Garcinia kola or bitter cola is a widespread shrub found in Central and Western Africa.

The plant was included in early Coca-Cola blends, which explains the similar name, but the present recipe of the world-famous drink is no longer flavoured with actual bitter kola.

Bitter Kola has been used in traditional African medicine for years and is said to have numerous therapeutic features, including the ability to help fight bacterial and viral diseases. In terms of flavour, the plant is well titled. The edible seeds have a distinct bitter flavour with a hint of sweetness.

Bitter Kola contains a variety of nutrients, including carbs, lipids, protein, vitamin C, calcium, potassium, iron and caffeine.

1.Bitter Kola has antimicrobial properties

According to a published study, both the bitter kola seeds and leaves contain antimicrobial qualities.

Bitter Kola was tested against Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus pyogenes, Salmonella typhi and Escherichia coli and it inhibited these pathogens.

2. Aphrodisiac properties
Bitter Kola is considered as an aphrodisiac by traditional medicine. Therefore,  it is thought to boost sexual desire, pleasure  and performance.

3. Bitter Kola may aid in the treatment of glaucoma

Glaucoma is a disorder that causes increased pressure within the eyeball, resulting in a gradual loss of sight and, if left untreated, permanent blindness.

A study published in the Middle East African Journal of Ophthalmology found that bitter kola is as effective as more conventional treatments at reducing ocular pressure in newly diagnosed patients.

It is critical to emphasise that if you have glaucoma, you must follow professional medical advice and treatment, even if the problem is freshly identified.

4. Bitter Kola may have antimalarial properties

Bitter Kola includes the antioxidant kolaviron, which has antimalarial effects, according to research published in the Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Medicine.

Traditional healers have used bitter kola for many years to treat malaria infections, and now scientific investigations are beginning to back up their claims.

5. Bitter Kola nuts provide immune-boosting properties

Bitter kola is rich in antioxidants, a general phrase for any substance that scavenges free radicals.

DNA, cell membranes and other components of cells are harmed by free radicals. Thus, in addition to providing vital support for critical bodily processes, antioxidants help strengthen the immune system. Stronger immunity makes it easier for us to fend off illness and maintain our health.

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