The Benefits of Goron Tula, Kola Nut, Bitter Kola & Side Effects

The Benefits of Goron Tula, Kola Nut, and Bitter Kola are innumerable. Health benefits are positive effects on a person’s health gained from food, treatment, or an activity.

The Benefits of Goron Tula
The Benefits of Goron Tula

Today, I will be writing on the health benefits of Goron Tula, Kola Nut, and Bitter kola. Enjoy!

Even though they are fairly unknown by many, goron Tula, kola nut and bitter kola are considered ‘miracle fruits’ by those who know them for their many health benefits.

Benefits of Goron Tula (Snot Apple)

Goron Tula is known as apple snot, silky kola in English, and is referred at times as African chewing gum because of its chewy nature.

Azanza garckeana is another name of Gorontula which is an essential plant in Africa. This plant is useful for food and herbal medicine.

Based on research by Alfred Maroyi published on Science Alert, Gorontula can be used traditionally to treat or manage at least 22 human diseases and ailments.

Goron Tula fruit is called “wonder fruit” because there are many health problems that can be cured by consuming it.

Here Are the Benefits of Goron Tula and the Side Effect


  • Prevent high blood pressure
  • Prevent liver problems
  • Cancer prevention
  • Boost bowel movement
  • Improve immune system
  • Solve infertility
  • Cleanse your body system
  • Lowers blood sugar (good for people suffering from diabetes)
  • Cure chest pains

Side Effect of Goron Tula

Although this plant has many medicinal uses, like other herbs, it also has some Side Effects.


Too much consumption of goron tula can predispose you to cancer due to the tannins present.

Tannins (commonly referred to as tannic acid) are water-soluble polyphenols that are present in many plant foods.

A study published in Critical reviews in food science and nutrition showed that regular consumption of herbs with high tannin concentrations seems to be associated with an increased chance of developing nose or throat cancer.

For more detailed information on the health benefits of Goron Tula please read:

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Do you have any question concerning goron tula check this:

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What Is Kola Nut?

The kola nut is the fruit of the kola tree (Cola acuminata and Cola nitida), used widely in Nigeria and many West African countries.

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In Nigeria, it is part of traditional hospitality, cultural, and social ceremonies for many ethnic groups.

In the Igbo land of Eastern Nigeria, kola nut is vital for its sacred significance. The kola nut tradition is used for a variety of events, but principally to welcome guests to a village or house.

Above all, it is given to guests at weddings, funerals, and naming ceremonies, and it is also used to make medicine.

Kola nuts have a bitter taste when chewed fresh and milder when dried.

Potential Health Benefits of Kola Nut

Kola nut is used for short-term relief of fatigue, depression, melancholy, exhaustion, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), lack of normal muscle tone (atony), and dysentery, a type of diarrhea called atonic diarrhea, weight loss and migraine/headaches.
Also, in foods and beverages, cola nut is used as a flavoring ingredient.

How Does It Work?

Cola nut contains caffeine. Caffeine works by stimulating the central nervous system (CNS), heart, and muscles.

Side Effects of Kola Nut

The side effects of kola nut and kola nut extract parallel the effects of a comparable dose of caffeine.

Caffeine has several effects on the body which include:

  1. Firstly, by stimulating your central nervous system, making you feel awake and energetic
  2. Secondly, acting as a diuretic, helping your body expel extra salt and water through increased urination
  3. After that, it increases the release of stomach acid, which can lead to heartburn and stomach upset
  4. Then, restricts your body’s ability to absorb calcium
  5. Lastly, it increases your blood pressure

Too much caffeine can produce unwanted side effects, such as:

  • Restlessness
  • Insomnia
  • Rapid or abnormal heart rate
  • Dehydration
  • Jittery and shaky
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Anxiety
  • Dependency and withdrawal

Too much caffeine can cause health problems and is particularly dangerous when combined with alcohol.

Bitter Kola

Bitter kola is known as ‘Orogbo’ in Yoruba land, ‘Miji-goro’ in Hausa land, and Igbo land as Akiilu.

Garcinia Kola belongs to the species of a tropical flowering plant that produces brown nut-like seeds.

Bitter Kola is a multipurpose tree found mostly in the tropical rain forest region of Central and West Africa.

Traditionally in Nigeria, the most valued product of the tree is the seeds mostly eaten by the elders because of their belief that it could prolong life.

The fruit, seeds, stem, leaves, nuts, and the bark of this bitter kola wonder plant have been used for centuries for herbal medicine to treat several ailments.

Medicinal Benefits of Bitter Kola

Lungs, the internal organ carry one of the most critical functions of the body. It helps us to breathe.

The considerate amount of regular consumption of the seed aids in strengthening the fibers and the lung tissue, stabilizing any counter effects.

It further helps in maintaining a good respiratory track and treats chest colds.

Thus, if you are a smoker or even a passive smoker, certainly this is the ‘cure’

Other Health Benefits of Bitter Kola Include:

  • Treating malaria
  • Helps to improve the immune system
  • Serve as a remedy for osteoarthritis
  • Promotes diuresis
  • Assists with weight loss
  • Fights Glaucoma (eye pressure)
  • Helps reduce constipation
  • Boosts fertility
Side Effects of Bitter Kola

Consumption of bitter kola nuts is completely safe.  Personally, I have not experienced any sort of side effects with eating bitter kola.

As with any form of natural supplement or remedy however, you should consult with your family doctor before use.

The abuse of bitter kola to prevent sleep is common because of its rich caffeine content.

But, when taken in excess can at can cause insomnia and affect the central nervous system, and other related problems such as dry mouth, nausea, stomach irritation, nervousness, restlessness, and more.

If you experience any of these symptoms or any other sign of an allergic reaction, stop taking bitter kola immediately and consult with your doctor.

Now we know that bitter kola is not actually bitter and has a sweet side which is healthy for us.


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