Have you ever wondered why people have such an insatiable appetite for Tiger Nuts? In this article, we are going to learn some of the benefits of Tiger nuts you never knew about.
What are Tiger Nuts?
Tiger nuts, also known as chufa, yellow nutsedge or earth almonds, are not actually nuts but rather edible tubers.
They’re just a little bigger than green peas but wrinkly with a chewy texture and sweet, nutty flavour similar to that of coconut.
Tiger nuts originated from Egypt and were traditionally used as food and medicine, just like today.
Benefits Of Tiger Nuts To Man
1.Rich In Nutrients
Tiger nuts are very rich in nutrients and also contains certain beneficial plant compounds.
The composition of nutrients depends on the type of Tiger Nuts. There are 3 types of Tiger Nuts, namely: black, brown and yellow.
The nutrients found in tiger nuts include Calories, Fiber, Carbs, Protein, Fat, Vitamin E, Iron, Phosphorus, Vitamin C, Magnesium, Zinc, Potassium, Calcium.
Tiger nuts are also a rich source of antioxidants, which are beneficial compounds that protect your body against ageing and diseases like cancer and heart disease.
2. Improve Digestion
According to research, it promotes healthy digestion in various ways. They are high in insoluble fibre, which moves through your intestines without being digested.
Insoluble fibre adds bulk to your stools and helps food move through your digestive system readily, reducing the likelihood of constipation.
Tiger nuts are also believed to contain resistant starch, a type of fibre that can feed the friendly bacteria in your gut, aiding your digestion to run smoothly.
In addition, tiger nuts may contain enzymes, such as catalases, lipases and amylases, which help break down foods in your gut, relieving gas, indigestion and diarrhoea.
3. Reduce Blood Sugar Levels
Tiger nuts are also believed to keep blood sugar levels in check, making them very beneficial to diabetic patients.
Animal research has proven that tiger nut extract may help reduce blood sugar levels. This may, in large part, be due to the high fibre content of the tubers, which may slow down the absorption of sugar in the gut.
Tiger nuts are also rich in the amino acid arginine, which may increase insulin production and sensitivity, both of which are important in keeping blood sugar in check.
4. Improve Heart Health
Tiger nuts are also believed to be good for the health of your heart.
That’s partly due to the high amount of monounsaturated fats they contain, which give them fat characteristics identical to that of heart-healthy olive oil.
Diets rich in monounsaturated fats are linked to lower levels of “bad” LDL cholesterol and higher levels of “good” HDL cholesterol. They also contribute to a lower risk of heart attack, stroke and death from heart disease.
Research also links tiger nuts to better blood circulation and a lower likelihood of blood clots — both of which can reduce your risk of heart disease.
5. May Boost Your Immune System and Help Fight Infections
Tiger nuts are also believed to contribute to a stronger immune system. However, there hasn’t been enough studies conducted to confirm this one.
6. Act as an Aphrodisiac
This is probably why the use of Tiger nuts are so popularly in Africa, especially Ghana.
They’re used as aphrodisiacs in Ayurvedic medicine. In addition, men in Nigeria and Ghana have used tiger nuts for generations to treat erectile dysfunction, increase sperm count and boost libido.
With that said, few studies have investigated these aphrodisiac properties of tiger nuts.
In conclusion, we can now tell for the fact that the usage of tiger nuts goes a long way to improve our health and wellbeing.
They’re rich in many nutrients, contribute to good digestion and helps fight infections and health conditions, such as diabetes and heart disease.
Do well to make sure you get your hands on at least an ounce of tiger nuts anytime you are out on the streets. Thank You.