With the popular name of kola , or simply called Cola nut , we find a tree belonging to the Malvaceae family, originally from Central America and Africa, and known scientifically as Cola acuminata .
It is a tree with flowers in the form of bunches. Its renowned and popular seed is obtained from various species of colateros , being well known in Africa, where this tree originates from. It is currently grown especially in Nigeria and the Ivory Coast.
In the rest of the countries, it is known mainly due to the commercialization of cola drinks , for whose elaboration, incidentally, a part of its extract is used. In fact, of the cola nut produces an extract used in the preparation of certain soft drinks , especially due to its high caffeine content .
In fact, in the seed we find alkaloids, essentially theobromine Y caffeine , which have stimulating properties, which make it be used as a sexual stimulant with a greater frequency in Africa.
In addition, the grains of kola are used in case of physical, mental and intellectual fatigue, being exciting .
It therefore becomes an excellent supplement when we have to prepare exams or we need to work more than usual. Of course, it is advisable to always consult with our doctor, to avoid possible contraindications or undesirable side effects.
The most important benefits of the kola
Soft and natural stimulant
Kola or kola nut seeds are recognized - and popular - for their tremendous stimulating action of the central nervous system , but although this stimulating effect (due to its caffeine content) is in a certain sense comparable with other stimulant drinks, such as coffee or tea, it actually provides a somewhat milder action.
We owe this quality to the fact that the cola nut liberates the caffeine more slowly, while also lengthening the elimination time of the caffeine. Therefore its effect is slightly softer, compared to coffee.
However, when it is associated with other substances with xanthic bases (guanine, adenine, uric acid and hypoxanthine), it tends to enhance its exciting effect.
In any case It is useful in case of asthenia, fatigue and convalescence .
Although less known for this quality, the ancient Indians used cola for its benefits as an aphrodisiac and as a sexual stimulant.
This quality is found especially for its content in caffeine and theobromine (in the same way that, for example, bitter chocolate is also considered a natural aphrodisiac).
Useful in cases of exhaustion
As we indicated in a previous section, the cola nut is useful in case of fatigue and exhaustion , but not only in case of physical fatigue, but also intellectual.
For example, it helps to avoid mental fatigue, improving attention and concentration.
The properties of the cola nut, in short
Precisely for everything indicated until now, we can indicate that the kola is ideal as:
- Stimulant in cases of convalescence, asthenia fatigue
- Sexual stimulant
- Exciting in cases of physical and intellectual exhaustion.
- In cases of overweight and obesity.
- Avoid mental fatigue.
- Rejuvenating toner.
- Beneficial for the nervous system.
Contraindications of the kola
It should be avoided at high doses, especially because although it is considered a rejuvenating tonic for the nervous system, in these cases it acts as a nervous depressant.
Nor is it recommended for consumption during pregnancy and breastfeeding, and especially in people with a nervous temperament and cardiovascular diseases.