THE COMPARATIVE ASSESSMENT OF MEDICINAL IMPORTANCE OF BITTER KOLA AND WALNUTAbstract
Bitter kola and Walnut has a great potential for nutrients and drugs. This comparative review has revealed that bitter kola and walnut could be related in nature from areas found to parts of the plant and the fruits. Many health related challenges has been enumerated to have been managed with Bitter kola and Walnut based on numerous medicinal properties. They are anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-chelating and high blood pressure control activities, anti-diabetic, anti-malarial, anti-microbial/anti-bacterial and anti-cancer nature. Both fruits have also shown some reproductive assistance in addition to sperm production and sperm quality. Some have reported wound healing, anti-ulcer, and stomach disorder treatment features in bitter kola and walnut. The Nigerian bitter kola and walnut has energizing and weight management and disease prevention capacity. Bone health, skin or other tissues repairs cannot be neglected in the use of bitter kola and walnut just as they assist in other challenges. The use of bitter kola and walnut should be encouraged among healthy and unhealthy individuals. This paper recommends that research should continue in the area of bitter kola and walnut in complementary and alternative medicine as there seems hope in leading conventional drugs or dispensed as such in medical practice in near future.
Uchejeso Mark Obeta *, Lawrence Alexander, Obiora Reginald Ejinaka, Christian Atuluku Ekpe, Uzoma Okey-Ndeche and Chioma JoyAmobi
Department of Medical Laboratory Management, Federal College of Medical Laboratory Science& Technology, Jos, Nigeria.
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