Bitter Kola botanically known as Garcinia kola belongs to the plant family Guttifereae. In Nigeria it is called oje in Bokyi, edun or efiari in Efik, efrie in Ejagham-Ekin, cida goro in Hausa, efiat in Ibibio, emiale in Icheve, igoligo in Idoma, aku-ilu or ugolo in Ibo, akaan in Ijo-Izon, okain in Isekiri, and orogbo in Yoruba. Bitter kola is generally used as a social snack and given to guests in some cultural settings, and it is one of such fruits that can be eaten raw and the human body will still benefit from its high nutritional content.
Bitter kola is widely taken raw and not prepared as food because of its medicinal attributes. Due to its medicinal attributes, Bitter Kola (G. kola) seeds are used in folk medicine. This seed is also known to have no serious or harmful side effects, other than its neutralising effects of other medicinal drugs if taken together. It is eaten by removing the outer brown coated skin, and as the name implies, it is very bitter to eat.
1• Bitter kola has a significant analgesic/anti-inflammatory effects in knee osteoarthritis patients.
2• The seed and leaf of bitter kola have antibacterial activity on clinical isolates of Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli, Salmonella typhi and Streptococcus pyrogens.
5• Bitter kola is also very efficient for hepatitis treatment.
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