Introduction to Kola nut (Cola nitida)
Caffeine-containing nut of two evergreen trees (Cola acuminata and C.
nitida) of the cocoa family (Sterculiaceae), native to tropical Africa and
cultivated extensively in the New World tropics. The trees grow to 60 ft
(18.3 m) in height and have oblong leathery leaves, yellow flowers, and
star-shaped fruit. 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.
Part Used: Seed kernel.
Constituents: Caffeine, with traces of theobromine.
Kola Nut was said to make ideas become
clearer, thoughts flow more easily and clearly, and fatigue and drowsiness
disappear. However, too much stimulant effect is said to cause thoughts to
Caution: Do not use when caffeine is
contraindicated. If you are pregnant or nursing, consult your health care
professional before using Kola Nut.
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