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The Therapeutic Potential of Cola nitida in Health and Disease: A Narrative Review
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  • Kamaldeen Sanusi,
  • Umar Zayyanu Usman,
  • Dawoud Usman,
  • Kehinde Ahmad Adeshina,
  • Yaaqub Abiodun Uthman,
  • Lukman Jimoh,
  • Aminat Omolola Imam-Fulani
Kamaldeen Sanusi
Usmanu Danfodiyo University

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Umar Zayyanu Usman
Usmanu Danfodiyo University
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Dawoud Usman
Usmanu Danfodiyo University
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Kehinde Ahmad Adeshina
Usmanu Danfodiyo University
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Yaaqub Abiodun Uthman
Usmanu Danfodiyo University
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Lukman Jimoh
University of Ilorin
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Aminat Omolola Imam-Fulani
University of Ilorin
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Abstract

Cola nitida, also known as Kola nut, is a tropical plant native to West Africa and has a rich history of traditional medicinal use. In this narrative review, we aim to provide an overview of the protective effects of Cola nitida in various health and disease states. Cola nitida has been traditionally used for its medicinal properties, and its bioactive compounds include caffeine, alkaloids, tannins, flavonoids, and phenolics. These compounds contribute to its potential therapeutic effects. Here, we examine the potential benefits of Cola nitida in several areas of health, discussing its role in cognitive function, cardiovascular health, immune system function, gastrointestinal health, and metabolic and endocrine health. Evidence suggests that Cola nitida may have positive effects in these areas, with indication of adverse effects only from its chronic usage. However, more research is needed to establish its efficacy and safety. In conclusion, Cola nitida holds promise as a natural remedy for various health conditions. Understanding the benefits and limitations of Cola nitida will contribute to its effective utilization in health and disease management.