Natural foods as we always say are very helpful to the body as far as our health is concerned, but the most unfortunate thing is, most of our natural foods are not really recognised and even if notice, we seem not to know their amazing health benefits or their great impact to our health body.
In this article is another amazing natural delicacy which does so many powerful wonders to our health which we may not even have any knowledge about, but this natural food is not really recognised or used oftenly.
Tiger nuts, known in the Ghanaian local language as ‘Atadwe’ and also known as chufa or earth almonds.
Tiger nuts by their character have a chewy texture and sweet nutty flavor just like that of a coconut.
In Egypt, Tiger nuts were one of the first plants cultivated which was traditionally used as medication for some health conditions or issues and food for the people.
They have been characterized to contain a variety of nutrients which have so much positive influence and health benefits.
‘Atadwe’ therefore must not be overlooked since it has been a good source of food and medicine for some countries in Africa.
Tiger nuts are of black, brown and yellow varieties.
Tiger nuts prevents Cancer
According to the scientific study, tiger nuts are a rich source of antioxidants. These antioxidants are prominent compounds that protects the body system from diseases such as cancer and aging. Research even shows that, prior to eating germinating tiger nuts even helps to increase the antioxidant constituent.
Tiger nut functions as an Aphrodisiac
Tiger nut have this rich contents that helps to boost libido and it has a lot of usage history especially in some parts of Africa such as men in Nigeria have used tiger nuts for generations to increase sperm production ams count, treat erectile dysfunction, and boost libido.
They are also rich in antinutrients. These antinutrients may help to reduce nutrient absorption in the gut. Antioxidants also helps the ability to absorb nutrients by the body.
Tiger nuts may improve heart health
The heart is the engine of the body which pumps blood to the various systems to keep the body alive and working. The health of the heart therefore must always be strong and Tiger nuts helps in this. Tiger nuts are rich in monounsaturated fats. These fats are linked to lower levels of “bad” LDL cholesterol and higher levels of “good” HDL cholesterol and associated with a lower risk of heart attack, stroke and death from heart diseases. Arginine is produced from tiger nuts which the body can use it to make nitric oxide, that helps arteries and veins dilate. This therefore helps to lower blood pressure.
Tiger nuts help to reduce blood sugar levels
The increase in the levels of blood sugar causes a lot of havoc to the body system which can lead to diabetes and even stroke. It is therefore vital to control the level of blood sugar and tiger nuts may help keep the blood sugar levels balanced.
According to Animal studies, tiger nut extract may help reduce blood sugar levels and this may be due to the high fiber content of the which also slows down the absorption of sugar in the gut.
Tiger nuts also may increase insulin production and sensitivity, which are also crucial for blood sugar control
According to test-tube studies it has proven that tiger nut extract may help to inhibit the action of digestion of carbohydrate enzymes in the gut and due to this, less sugar may be absorbed from the gut in a way similar to the action of some blood-sugar-lowering diabetic medications. This makes the consumption of tiger nuts very vital to the human health.
Tigernuts may help to improve digestion
Digestion has always been when food os broken down into smaller molecules absorbed by the blood stream for various services to the body. Tiger nuts may contain digestive enzymes, which helps in this break down of foods in the gut and thus relieving gas, diarrhea and indigestion.
Tiger nuts may help promote a healthy digestion. This is because, tigernuts are high in insoluble fibre which moves through the gut without being digested.
This Insoluble fiber thus adds bulk to the stools and helps the easy and smooth movement of food through the gut. This helps to reduce health conditions like constipation.
Tiger nuts is an immune booster
The body’s ability to fight against diseases and other infections all depends on the strength of the immune system. A stronger immune system fights diseases quicker than a weak immune system.Tiger nuts may contribute to a stronger immune system.
Tiger nuts may therefore contribute to a stronger immune system by fighting infections and other diseases that may affect the body.
From the above explained facts, it is very vital to eat tiger nuts due to all these great health benefits it has got to remain our bodies strong and active.
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