It is a popular belief in Nigerian folk medicine that wonderful kola is a potential anti-ulcer agent. It can also be soaked in water or local gin for treating diabetes. Please, wonderful kola should not be confused with bitter kola or kola nut, they are all different.
Although we are focusing on the use of Wonderful Kola for fertility, it’s good to know that the seed has several medicinal values, and has been used for centuries in traditional medicine to treat a variety of ailments, including infertility and as well as fertility control.
Wonderful Kola Common Names
Some may be asking What is the local name of the wonderful Kola? Here are common names it is called in Nigeria a West African country where it is richly found.
The botanical name is Buchhlozia coriacea.
Their popular nickname is Wonderful Kola.
Plant’s family name is Capparaceae.
IGBO —the name is ‘Uke’.
YORUBA — the name is ‘Uworo’.
EDO— the name is ‘Owi’.
Can wonderful kola be eaten raw? Yes, it can be eaten raw or cooked depending on the purpose.
How does wonderful kola taste? It has a sharp pungent taste.
Wonderful kola, also known as Buchholzia coriacea, is a plant that is native to West Africa and richly found in Nigeria. Before going further, let’s answer this question: What are the contents of wonderful kola?
Nutrients In Wonderful Kola
A recent review on the medicinal potentials of Wonderful Kola (Buchholzia coriacea) shows that it contains important nutrients, and phytochemical compounds that are beneficial for our health.
- Crude protein,
- crude fat,
- crude fiber,
- calcium and more — according to GSC.
Quantitative phytochemical analysis of the ethanol extract of wonderful kola shows the presence of the following compounds below.
- Alkaloids 0.11mg per 100g.
- Flavonoids 2.21mg per 100g.
- Tannins 0.02mg per 100g.
- Oxalate 0.01mg per 100g.
- Terpenes 0.30 µg per 100g.
Note the aforementioned phytochemical components of wonderful kola has both advantages when moderate and disadvantages when a high amount of them is in our system.
Medicinal Value Of Wonderful Kola
What is the wonderful kola nut used for? Wonderful kola gas has been proven helpful in treating several ailments. Below are known health benefits of wonderful kola or its medicinal value.
- Pain Relief — linked to its analgesic property.
- Curb Depression— has an anti-depressant effect.
- Reduce Anxiety — anti-anxiety property.
- Fights Inflammation— have an anti-inflammatory effect.
- Fight free radicals — have anti-oxidants,
- Reduces body cholesterol—anti-hypercholesterolemic.
- Reduces blood sugar —anti-diabetes.
- Prevent accumulation of fats in the artery— have anti-atherogenic properties.
- Prevents trypanosomiasis (sleeping sickness) by killing the vector-borne parasite— anti-trypanosomal.
- Regulates and boosts immune system activities against invaders —has an anti-modulation effect.
- Reduces symptoms of stomach and intestinal cramping— anti-spasmodic and antimicrobial properties.
- Relieves symptoms of diarrhea—have anti-diarrhea property.
- Cures ulcer— anti-ulcer property.
- Expel parasitic worms in the stomach — have an anti-helminthic effect.
How to use wonderful kola for fertility
Wonderful kola can be used in a variety of ways to promote reproductive health and fertility. Here are some ways to use wonderful kola for fertility.
1. Chew the nuts
The most common way to use wonderful kola is to chew the nuts. Simply take one or two nuts and chew them thoroughly before swallowing. It is recommended to take one or two nuts per day.
2. Make tea
You can make tea from wonderful kola. To do this, crush one or two nuts and add them to a cup of boiling water. Let the mixture steep for 10-15 minutes before straining and drinking. You can add honey or lemon to taste.
3. Use as a supplement
Wonderful kola is also available in supplement form. You can find it in health food stores or online. Follow the recommended dosage on the label.
It is important to note that while wonderful kola is generally considered safe, it can cause side effects in some people. These may include stomach upset, nausea, and vomiting. If you experience any adverse effects, stop using wonderful kola and consult with a healthcare professional. Additionally, if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, it is best to avoid using wonderful kola.
Benefits of using wonderful kola for fertility
Here are some of the fertility benefits of wonderful kola.
1. May boosts sperm count.
Wonderful Kola may increase sperm count in men. This is because it is said to contain compounds that stimulate the production of testosterone, which is essential for sperm production.
Despite that, a contrary preliminary study on the effects of Wonderful kola seed extract on male reproductive parameters in rats reveals a decrease in sperm motility and volume, although sperm count and morphology were not reasonably affected.
Hence suggests that the extract of Buchholzia coriacea (wonderful kola) may have an antifertility effect in case of high dosages.
2. May help regulate the menstrual cycle.
For women, there are also claims that wonderful kola can help to regulate the menstrual cycle and improve ovulation. This is because it contains phytoestrogens, which are plant compounds that mimic the effects of estrogen in the body.
On this, a study on female rats reveals a contrary opinion that It may rather reduce ovulation which decreases the chance of pregnancy.
3. May Enhances libido.
Wonderful kola is claimed to have aphrodisiac properties that can help to enhance libido in both men and women. This can lead to increased sexual activity and higher a chance of conception.
4. Reduces stress.
Wonderful kola may also help reduce stress levels. It contains compounds that have a calming effect on the body, which can help to reduce stress and anxiety.
5. Boosts overall health.
Wonderful is rich in antioxidants, which can help to protect the body from damage caused by free radicals. This can help to improve overall health and increase the chances of conception.
Does wonderful kola boost fertility?
Based on its nutritional value, wonderful kola has a vital compound that may improve reproductive health.
However, on female fertility, contrary studies reveal that wonderful kola can be used as a reversible contraceptive as it can reduce the occurrence of estrous while preventing ovulation to 70% without damaging important reproductive tissues (such as the ovary, uterus, and fallopian tubes).
On male fertility, a Contrary study also shows that the wonderful kola may lead to a decrease in sperm motility and volume which is reversible if intake is avoided or doses are reduced.
The above contradictory opinions from studies are based on animals, providing limited proof. However, more research and human-centered study are needed to fully understand its fertility benefits and potential side effects.
It is important to note that while wonderful kola has been used for centuries in traditional medicine, As with any herbal remedy, it is important to consult with a healthcare professional before using wonderful kola for fertility purposes.
JC is passionate about finding the impact of foods (feeding habits) on human fertility and reproductive health and a way to improve fertility.