FYI: Indigenous to western Africa, the kola/cola nut (Cola nitida) was originally reserved for the gods. During a visit to the earth, however, one of the gods left a piece behind and humans found it. Because of their stimulating powers, cola nuts were used for magic and as amulets and aphrodisiacs. Today, they still play a central role in the religious and social like of many West and Central African cultures.
Kola 🌰Nut: The Little-Known Ingredient that Supports Energy Levels
- Rich in caffeine, theobromine and disease-fighting antioxidants, the kola nut has been linked to a number of powerful benefits. Here are a couple ways that this healthy nut could impact your health.
1. Enhances Energy Levels
Kola nuts are high in caffeine, a compound found in coffee and tea that acts as a central nervous stimulant. Caffeine alters the activity of certain neurotransmitters in the brain, leading to increased energy levels, focus and alertness.
What’s more, studies even show that moderate amounts of caffeine could also enhance endurance, brain function and mood while decreasing the perception of fatigue.
2. May Increase Weight Loss
Thanks primarily to its caffeine content, some research suggests that the kola nut could potentially help ramp up weight loss. This is because caffeine has been shown to increase metabolism by bumping up the amount of calories burned throughout the day.
It may also help decrease energy intake, which could also be beneficial for weight loss.
3. Could Help Treat Migraines
Caffeine has long been used as a natural remedy to provide quick relief from headaches and migraines. It works by constricting blood vessels in the brain, which can decrease blood flow and reduce pain.
- According to a review in the Journal of Headache and Pain, combining caffeine with over-the-counter medications like aspirin or ibuprofen significantly improved symptoms of migraines and tension headaches compared to medications alone.
- Historically, kola nuts have been used to treat migraines and headaches, along with many other conditions ranging from morning sickness to indigestion. However, more scientific studies are needed to evaluate the effects of the kola nut and whether or not it can treat or prevent headaches
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How To Use...
Grind in coffee grinder and ...Try mixing the powder into yogurt, smoothies or cereals for a kick of caffeine and antioxidants.
Alternatively, you can use it to brew kola nut tea by combining one teaspoon with a cup of hot water and steeping for a few minutes to taste.