Kola nut is available as several different species from trees growing in Cameroon and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The species Cola vera is often preferred for its medicinal uses.
Kola nut is traditionally used as a caffeine stimulant and is a common additive to American and European soft drinks. It is thought to enhance alertness and physical energy, elevate mood, increase tactile sensitivity, and suppress appetite. It may also increase body temperature, blood pressure, and respiratory rate.
Preliminary results suggest that kola nut may encourage weight loss. However, the available clinical information on kola nut is limited.
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Combination products: FastOne® (containing kola nut, grape, green tea, and Ginkgo biloba).
These uses have been tested in humans or animals. Safety and effectiveness have not always been proven. Some of these conditions are potentially serious, and should be evaluated by a qualified healthcare provider.
Preliminary research has looked into the weight loss effects of kola nut with ma huang. This herbal combination was found to reduce weight, body fat, and cholesterol. However, more research is needed before conclusions can be made.