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Explore the wonders of tiger nuts


Explore the wonders of tiger nuts

In spite of its name, the tigernut is actually a tuber. The tuber crop with a sweet, almond-like flavour has gain popularity as a healthy food.

Tiger nuts, also referred to as Ofio in Yoruba, Imumu in Igbo, and Aya in Hausa, can be consumed either raw or cooked. For those who don’t like dairy milk, it can be extracted as milk and used as a substitute. It can also be used for baking.

Here are the benefits of Tiger nuts:

It protects against aging, tiger nuts are a rich source of antioxidants. Antioxidants are substances that can prevent or slow damage to cells caused by free radicals, unstable molecules that the body produces as a reaction to environmental and other pressures, according to an online health portal, Healthline.

It improves digestion, tiger nuts are a good source of fibre. Dietary fibre aids digestion by increasing the frequency of stools and relieving constipation.

It may reduce blood sugar levels, tiger nuts may help keep your blood sugar levels in check. Healthline notes that animal studies show that tiger nut extract may help reduce blood sugar levels due to the high fiber content of the tubers, which may slow down the absorption of sugar in the gut.

It suppresses appetite. A journal published in the international journal for innovative research in the multidisciplinary field showed that tiger nuts are also said to act as a mild appetite suppressant. This helps keep us feeling fuller for longer and also reduces the number of calories we absorb from the food.

It may boost your immune system, fight infections. Studies have shown that tiger nut extracts are effective against E. coli, Staphylococcus, and Salmonella bacteria. The extracts might also be effective at fighting antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections. However, more studies are needed to draw a strong conclusion.

It boosts sex drive, tiger nuts have been proven to improve sperm count and motility. Medical director and consultant urologist at the Ogah Hospital and Urology Centre, Fugar, Edo State, Dr Gabriel Ogah, said tiger nuts can boost sex drive and libido in individuals.

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