Who loves tiger nuts as much as I do? I remember as a kid my mum always bought this on her way back from work, we grew up in the Northern part of Nigeria so was used to Hausa local meals, milk etc. We were eating and enjoying it as kids but oblivious of its highly nutritious value.
Known as one of the world’s healthiest snacks, tiger nuts are high in iron, magnesium, potassium, vitamin C, and vitamin E.. Tiger nuts are also called chufa nuts and have a nutty taste similar to coconuts. This milky, nutty tasting tuber is plentiful in Nigeria and can also be found in the Spanish drink horchata. This ancient superfood is extremely high in fibre, iron, potassium, and vitamins C and E. As a matter of fact, tiger nuts have as much iron as red meat, as much potassium as coconut water. They are allergen free, gluten free, dairy free, and chocked full of resistant starch, which is a type of fibre that is pre-biotic.
They help to stimulate the immune system by preventing cardiovascular diseases, stroke and cancer. the nuts have essential minerals such as calcium, magnesium and iron. the minerals are used to build strong bones and muscles; repaired tissues and helped the blood stream.
‘’ In Nigeria, the Hausas call it ‘Aya’; Yorubas call it ‘Ofio’; the Igbos, ‘imumu’ or ‘aki Hausa’; while the Hausas make a drink called Kunun Aya from it,’’ In China, tiger nut juice is used as a liver tonic and heart stimulant. The nuts contain a lot of oleic acids which helps to reduce cholesterol and triglyceride, adding that it also prevents hardening of the arteries. It helps to prevent constipation because it aided proper digestion. “ Tiger nuts contain enough protein and carbohydrates. It contains a good quantity of vitamin B1, which assists in balancing the central nervous system and helps to encourage the body to adapt to stress. It’s used to treat stomach pain, aid normal menstruation, adding that it helped to heal mouth and gum ulcers.
The nut promotes the production of urine; serves as a preventive measure for prostate cancer, hernia, rectum deformation and prolapse. “Tiger nuts helps in stress management by helping the body to stay balanced and also helps to prevent fibrosis as well as blockage of the tip of the fallopian tube. “The high fibre content of the tiger nuts makes it a good colon evacuator and cleanser and can help one to lose weight. “The black species of the tiger nuts is an excellent medicine for breast lumps and cancer,’’ tiger nuts are also used in the production of some types of beer, cosmetics, condiments and livestock feed. Nursing mothers should eat a lot of tiger nuts for enough production of breast milk to satisfy their babies.
BENEFITS OF TIGER NUTS FOR HAIR
Tiger nuts milk consists of amino acids, flavonoids, minerals, sugars, and vitamins B, C and E, which come together and provide antioxidants and moisturising properties to not only the skin but also hair. Its primary benefits to hair are protection and moisture. With its solid source of magnesium, tiger nuts help women suffering from magnesium deficiency, which can contribute to scalp hair loss. Tiger nuts help to fortify hair and protect it against UV rays while making it softer.
These days some companies use the milk to produce natural hair products for enhancing the hair.
TIGER NUTS AS A GOOD APHRODISIAC
|Tigernut Milk drink!|
For those who suffer from low sexual libido, tiger nuts supply the body with enough quantity of Vitamin E, essential for fertility in both men and women hence a good aphrodisiac.To help enhance sexual libido.
To Prepare Tiger nut drink
Wash the wet or dry tigernut thoroughly to remove sand and stones, soak in water overnight to soften the nuts, pour into your blender, add dates, and coconut then a little water for easy blending, after blending, pour into a sieve and drain the milk out, chill in the refrigeraor and drink…Thank me later winks
It’s also very good for weight loss, so where are the weight, watchers? This is for you!