Cola nut Benefits

Cola nut
Latin Name

Cola nitida

Also Known As



Kola nut is grown in Sierra Leone, Western Africa, as well as Brazil and the West Indies

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Traditional Use and Health Benefits

Cola / kola nut has been said to create a "marked stimulation in human conciousness, and can give rise to Euphoric states". It is one of nature's stimulants, containing caffeine. It stimulates the central nervous system, and acts as an anti- depressant. Cola / kola nut is a nerve tonic and heart tonic. It can reduce symptoms of asthma and it is an anti-oxident and diuretic. It stimulates concentration, enhances alertness and physical capacity. It has been known to improve the mood, suppress the appetite, and stimulate the sex drive.

Cola / kola nut combines well with Avena sativa, Damiana.

Typical Use

Herbal Tincture
1-4 ml tincture 3 times a day

1 teaspoon powder 3 times a day (can be taken mixed into hot or cold milk, or hot water and sweetened with honey or agave syrup. Or alternatively blended into a smoothie.
OR as directed by a herbal practitioner.

Folklore and History

In Africa it is a symbol of peace, friendship, and hospitality, a bit like the Indian peace pipe. It is seen as a sacred plant and used in fertility ceremonies. West Africans have been using Kola socially and medicinally since historic times. They chewed the seeds for their stimulating effect and as a treatment for fever. Slavery brought the Kola tree to Brazil and the Carribean. Kola arrived in the United States after the civil war, with a reputation that Carribean people ascribed "innumerable fabulous virtues." In the 19th centuary a now famous Atlanta pharmacist was experimenting with a new head ache remedy, mixing kola, coca and sugar in his backyard, he added carbonated water and created a a new refreshing drink…coca cola. Two years later he sold the recipe to an Atlanta business man and he begin marketing the drink.

Cola nut

Caffeine, theobromine, theophylline, catechine, epicatechine, D-catechine, phenoline, pholaphens, Kola Red, betaine, protein, starch, fat, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, ascorbic, acid, betaine, sugar, gum, cellulose, water, calcium, potassium, iron, beta carotene, tannic acid.


Because Kola contains caffeine pregnant and breast feeding woman should avoid it as should people who have conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, epilepsy, anxiety, fertility problems, heart disease, osteoporosis, insomnia, stomach distress.
Kola nuts contain high amounts of N-nitroso compounds which are carcinogenic. In Nigeria, where the chewing of Kola nuts is a common practice, there is a high incidence of oral and gastrointestinal cancer which may be related to this habit.