There is so much goodness embedded in the often neglected tiger nuts that are sold in wheelbarrows on roadsides. After reading this piece, you will always have a reason to chew tiger nuts and extract the juice in them.
Tiger nuts are highly nutritious and contain high amounts of fibre. They are nature’s super foods which contain elements that can help fight heart attacks and improve the blood at the same time.
The nuts also contain an appreciable amount of proteins and sugars. These nuts have been in existence for centuries and have served different generations. The high concentrations of glucose contained in them make them a useful food for fighting cancer. Recent research revealed that they help reduce the risk of having colon cancer.
Tiger nuts are being called different names in Nigeria. Some people call them ‘Aya’, ‘Imumu’, ‘Ofio’ or ‘Aki awusa’. These delicious nuts have been eaten as snacks by people for decades because of the numerous health benefits accrued to them. In order to get the best out of tiger nuts, some people extract the juice from the nuts and drink. The tiger nuts’ juice is as rich in protein as Soya milk.
Find below some of the amazing health benefits of eating tiger nuts:
1. A high source of protein
Tiger nuts contain an appreciable amount of protein. The body needs protein to build and repair worn tissues. It is also needed to make enzymes, chemicals and hormones needed by the body.
Protein cannot be stored in the body like carbohydrates; thus, there is the need to supply the body with protein from time to time. Tiger nuts is a non-meat source of protein that will help the body function properly.
2. Healthy for diabetic patients
Tiger nuts can be eaten by people who have diabetes because it helps regulate blood sugar levels. The insoluble fibre found in the nuts are important as they do not have a negative impact on the blood sugar level.
3. A healthy source of magnesium
Magnesium is needed for the body to function properly. Tiger nuts contain magnesium which helps the muscles and nerves to function properly.
Magnesium is involved in a lot of biochemical reactions in the body in addition to regulating the heart beat and blood pressure levels.
4. Helps in fighting malnutrition
Tiger nuts can be eaten in places like Africa to fight malnutrition. The nuts contain starch with a level higher than potatoes and sweet potatoes.
They are also rich in calcium, fibre, sodium, phosphorous, magnesium, copper, manganese, iron, zinc and manganese. Tiger nuts also contain amino acids and some vitamins. Eating tiger nuts will make the body benefit from all these elements and function properly.
5. Enhances libido
If you are thinking of a way of changing your bedroom game, you should consider eating tiger nuts. This is a natural way of increasing your libido and making [email protected]:’ better.
6. A substitute for cow milk
Simply because tiger nuts do not contain lactose, people that are intolerant to lactose can eat or drink the milk from it when it is ground.
Tiger nut can be taken as a substitute for cow milk. The nuts are also rich in calcium and will support bone health if you take them regularly.
7. Helps in making the skin glow
Eating tiger nuts regularly will make your skin glow as the nuts contain vitamin E. Vitamin E protects the body against free radicals.
Cancer and coronary diseases can also be prevented by eating tiger nuts. Vitamin E helps the skin to glow and slows down the ageing process of the skin.
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