The nut of the kola (cola) plant - a tropical evergreen tree that can reach heights of 50 feet and more - is a familiar energizer in cola soft drinks. Actually, the nut gets its energy-generating powers from the same stimulant that launched thousands of coffee bars: caffeine.
Potential Health Benefits
Kola nut is used to banish mental and physical fatigue and increase concentration.
The kola nut's caffeine stimulates the central nervous system, speeds up the heart, and acts as a diuretic. The nut and its preparations contain 1.5 percent caffeine and slight amounts of the asthma drug theobromine.
How to Use the Herb
Cola nuts are dried and powdered for traditional health use. Commission E approves these average daily doses: 2 - 6 grams of dried nut, 0.25 - 0.75 grams of cola extract, 2.5 - 7.5 grams of liquid extract, 10 - 30 grams of a liquid extract.
Cola Nut Tree Cola acuminata (Pal.) Schott & Endl.
Other Names: Colatier (French); Kolabaum (German); cola (Italian); cola (Spanish).
Description: Cola is a medium-sized tree (up to 15 m), with large leaves and yellow flowers in clusters. The nuts are borne in large, multi-seeded follicles. Another important commercial species is Cola nitida (previously known as C. vera). It differs from C. acuminata in having narrower leaves and larger flowers, which are pale yellow streaked with purple. The seeds of C. acuminata are split into about four irregular pieces of endosperm when the seed coat is removed, while those of C. nitida split in two.
Origin: West Africa (Nigeria and Sierra Leone to Gabon); cultivation in tropical America and Asia.
Parts Used: Seeds or nuts (Colae semen), with the seed coat or testa removed.
Therapeutic Category: Stimulant.
Uses and Properties: Cola seeds can be used to help support mental and physical fatigue. Extracts are included in various energy drinks and give the user a short-term energy boost. The fresh seeds are traditionally chewed for their stimulating and tonic effects. They are also astringent and said to be useful in supporting diarrhoea, wounds and inflammations.
Active Ingredients: The main compound is the purine alkaloid caffeine (1.5-3%) that co-occurs with much smaller amounts of theobromine. Also present are phenolics (4-6%) such as catechin, epicatechin and procyariidins, that can complex the purine alkaloids.
Health Effects: Cola nuts are similar in their effect to other caffeine-containing products such as coffee, tea, guarana and maté. They have a stimulant effect of the central nervous system and the heart. Animal experiments indicate, too, that cola nuts have analeptic and lipolytic properties, and that they stimulate the secretion of gastric juices. In human studies, cola nuts have shown positive chronotropic and weak diuretic effects.
Status: Traditional health; Comm. E+.
Preparation and Dosage: The daily dose is 2 - 6 g of cola nut, taken as extract or liquid extract. It has been traditionally used in cola drinks but artificial flavours are currently used.
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Anonymous - June 7, 2006, 20:27
I have an allergy to tree nuts, eg. walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts all tree nuts. I have a herbal supplement that contains kola-nut . Is kola-nut considered a tree nut, would I be able to use this supplement.
ZooScape Moderator - June 14, 2006, 11:46
Kola nut, (cola nitida), is a caffeine-containing nut of two evergreen trees of the cocoa family (Sterculiaceae), native to tropical North Africa and cultivated extensively in the New World tropics. The nut has been used in medicines and in soft drinks, though American 'colas' today instead use synthetic flavorings that mimic its taste. Kola nuts are also used where grown as a medium of exchange or are chewed to diminish sensations of hunger and fatigue, to aid digestion, and to combat intoxication, hangover and diarrhea. If you are on medication where caffeine is contraindicated, you should not use Kola nut.
The terms 'nuts' or 'tree nuts' refer to shell (nut) fruits of various botanical families. In the present Allergen Data Collection, nuts or tree nuts include almonds, Brazil nuts, cashew nuts, hazelnuts, pecans, pistachios, and walnuts. Other tree nuts that are not commonly allergenic include nutmegs, shea nuts, and Kola nuts. Unless not otherwise stated peanuts, chestnuts, and coconuts are not included. As Kola nuts are not considered to be tree nuts and are not commonly allergenic, it would appear that the supplement you have purchased is safe for your consumption. However, as I am not familiar with the supplement you have nor the severity of your allergies, I do suggest that you speak with your physician prior to beginning this product. He or she will have the most knowledge regarding your personal medical history and will be able to make the best decision regarding your optimal health.
metin - June 6, 2006, 15:30
does it enlarge the penis?
ZooScape Moderator - June 7, 2006, 15:10
Kola Nut is also known as Cola Nut and Cola. Kola Nut is the seed kernel of a large African tree grown commercially around the world. It is extremely popular in the tropics as a caffeine-containing stimulant. The properties of Kola are the same as caffeine, modified only by the astringents present. Historical uses of Kola Nut include increasing the capacity for physical exertion, for enduring fatigue without food, for stimulating a weak heart and for relieving nervous debility, weakness, lack of emotion, nervous diarrhea, depression, despondency, brooding, anxiety and seasickness. I cannot find any evidence to suggest that Kola Nut would have any effect such as that which you are looking for, nor do I know of any products that would be able to provide such results.
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People suffering from stomach and duodenal ulcers or hypertension and heart disorders should restrict their intake of cola products.
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