What is it?
Kola Nut (Cola acuminata) is the seed of the Kola tree that is native to tropical regions of Africa. Among some Nigerian tribes, the Kola tree is thought to be the first tree on earth, and the nut is considered a important symbol of hospitality and kindness.
The Kola Nut is native to tropical regions of Africa. It is widely used in Nigeria and many West African countries as part of traditional hospitality, cultural, and social ceremonies. It contains a natural form of plant-based caffeine. It has been historically ingested to combat fatigue and to increase an overall sense of well-being.
It is also a potent source of another well-known stimulant - theobromine, the alkaloid compound that gives chocolate much of it's allure and is thought to contribute to the sense of alertness and well-being. Although theobromine's action is less potent than that of the natural plant-based caffeine, the combination of the two may account for the mild sense of euphoria that is usually reported after ingesting raw kola nuts.
Kola Nut also serves to "drive" other herbs into the blood and may help increase the overall effectiveness of herbal formulations.
- When Coca-Cola was launched in the 19th century, it was touted as a refreshingly cool alternative to tea and coffee. It contained mild doses of two exotic stimulants, South American coca leaves and African kola nuts.