July 1, 2016

Cola Nut

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What other names is Cola Nut known by?

Arbre à Cola, Arbre à Kola, Bissey Nut, Bissy Nut, Cola acuminata, Cola nitida, Guru Nut, Gworo, Kola Nut, Kolatier, Noix de Cola, Noix de Gourou, Noix de Kola, Noix du Kolatier, Noix de Soudan, Noix du Soudan, Nuez de Cola, Soudan Coffee, Sterculia acuminata, Sterculia nitida.

What is Cola Nut?

Cola nut is the seed of the cola nut plant. Cola nut is used widely in Nigeria and many West African countries as part of traditional hospitality, cultural, and social ceremonies. It is also used to make medicine.

Cola nut is used for short-term relief of fatigue, depression, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), melancholy, lack of normal muscle tone (atony), exhaustion, dysentery, a type of diarrhea called atonic diarrhea, weight loss, and migraine headaches.

In foods and beverages, cola nut is used as a flavoring ingredient.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Weight loss. Some early research, sponsored by a product manufacturer, suggests that taking cola nut in combination with ephedra and willow bark by mouth for up to 6 months might cause modest weight loss in overweight and obese people. But this combination might not be appropriate for weight loss due to safety concerns related to ephedra. Ephedra is banned in the U.S. due to severe adverse effects.
  • Depression.
  • Exhaustion.
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS).
  • Dysentery.
  • Diarrhea.
  • Anorexia.
  • Migraines.
  • Mental and physical fatigue.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of cola nut for these uses.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).


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