Ghana Health-Garcinia Kola, commonly known as bitter kola has amazing health benefits which some of us are yet to discover.

The fruit, seed, nut and bark of the bitter kola tree has been used for centuries in treating and preventing diseases.

Bitter kola contains bioflavonoids such as kolaviron which is responsible for many of its health benefits.

Below are ten amazing health benefits of bitter Kola:

Bitter kola is an anti-poison

Eating bitter kola after eating any food suspected to have bacteria will prevent infection and poison. Chew bitter kola to detoxify your system when food poisoning is suspected.

Many also eat bitter kola before embarking on a long journey. This will help as an anti-poison if they eat poorly prepared food that can cause food poisoning along the way.

It can help with Diabetes

Bitter Kola helps with diabetes by lowering blood glucose levels.

One Study showed that bitter kola is able to reduce elevated levels of blood glucose and may be beneficial in the treatment of Diabetes and its associated complications.

Furthermore, extracts from bitter kola are able to prevent cognitive and motor dysfunctions in rats that were suffering from type 1 Diabetes.


Due to its anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antioxidant properties, consuming Garcinia kola regularly can boost our immune system.

A healthy immune system will be able to fight common diseases and ensure that we stay strong and healthy.

More studies are needed to exploit the benefits of bitter kola, because many of the studies have been conducted with animal subjects.


A study conducted showed that bitter kola is able to boost the anti-oxidant status of our liver and it had no adverse effect on the liver of rats after long term exposure.

Eating bitter kola can therefore help the liver in detoxification.

It relieves joint pain associated with arthritis

Bitter kola helps to relieve arthritis by reducing swelling, inflammation, pain and increases movement around the joint.

A study conducted showed that bitter kola possesses antinociceptive(the action or process of blocking the detection of a painful or injurious stimulus by sensory neurons) and ant-inflammatory properties(1).

This justifies why many African natural healers have recommended bitter kola for pain relief.

There are other super foods that help in relieving joint pain such as Turmeric. If you are interested in getting fast relieve, try using supplements for joint pain that have been shown to aid in relieving joint pain and promoting healing of the joints.

Treatment of cough, cold and catarrh

One study showed that bitter kola possesses anti-microbial properties which makes it useful for fighting against infections caused by bacteria.

Kolaviron, an essential chemical found in bitter kola is able to prevent our bodies from detecting pain. Kolaviron is also a powerful anti- inflammatory agent. Therefore, eating bitter kola will help relieve the symptoms of cough, cold and catarrh.

Alleviation of malaria symptoms

One study showed that bitter kola possesses anti-malarial properties and may be able to protect us against plasmodium infection.

Studies have shown that bitter kola is able to relieve symptoms of malaria. One study showed that extracts of bitter kola were an important ingredient of anti-malarial medicines.

Treatment of measles

When ground and mixed with honey, it could be used in the treatment of measles and mumps affecting children; it should be taken orally and also applied externally in the case of mumps.

Helps in weight loss

Bitter Kola suppresses hunger and stimulates the thirst for water and it can be used when trying to lose weight. Majority of the inhabitants of Nigeria, Cameroon and Ghana chew bitter kola when they are hungry because it suppresses the quest for food.

Reduces eye pressure (glaucoma)

Garcinia kola 0.5 aqueous eye drops were used on patients with primary open-angle glaucoma or Ocular hypertension to test the efficacy of the eye drop. This study showed that bitter kola opthalmic solution can significantly reduce intra ocular pressure.

Improves prostate health, increases Libido and erection in males

Studies conducted on animals show that extracts from bitter kola can enhance prostate health. The compound kolaviron, which was extracted from bitter kola is able to improve sperm quality and quantity.

Furthermore, a study also revealed that bitter kola extract possesses potent aphrodisiac properties and it is also able to increase sperm count and testosterone level in male rats.

Note that these studies were conducted on animals and further investigation is required on human subjects.

Treatment of HIV

It is believed, based on researches, that the kola could be used in treating opportunistic infections associated with HIV. It is highly recommended in the treatment of HIV and AIDS because of its anti-bacterial, detoxification and cleansing properties.



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