Besides being a hub of talents, amazing cultures and traditions, innovators and tourist attraction sites, Africa is home to one of the most important plants in the world, Bitter Kola. This is a plant grown in Central and Western Africa. Also known as bitter cola or Garcinia Kola, bitter Kola is a valued plant worldwide for its medicinal purposes.
Bitter Kola aids in healing various illnesses ranging from inflammation, infections such as cold and hepatitis, diabetes, to name a few. Renowned American rapper, Meek Mill, is one of the people that have benefited from this plant.
The rapper took to social media through his twitter account to narrate how the plant changed his life. He said, “Bitter Kola nut changed my life… I feel like we black people need to be more educated about Africa.”
The rapper continued to say, “My stomach been messed up almost 2 years. I had been to a bunch of doctors… I took an African herb and it fixed my stomach like magic!”
How to Prepare Bitter Kola Nut
You may choose to consume all the parts of a kola nut or eat the seeds alone. The seeds don’t need much preparation as they are eaten raw.
Despite the health benefits offered by bitter kola nuts, it’s paramount to take precaution and always consult your doctor before consuming it. Bitter kola nuts do have some side effects ranging from increasing blood pressure, causing involuntary movement and insomnia.