Tiger nuts locally called (Atadwe) in Ghana come in three main varieties: black, brown, and yellow. Its scientific name is referred to as “Cyperus esculentus”.
Tiger nuts are a crop of the sedge family widespread across much of the world.
The crop is found in most of the Eastern Hemisphere, including Southern Europe, Africa, and Madagascar, as well as the Middle East and the Indian subcontinent.
Tiger nuts are very adaptable and can be added to a diet in a variety of ways.
They can be eaten raw as well or be roasted and tend to be softer and easier to chew when they have been soaked or boiled in water.
Moreover, tiger nuts can be mixed in with dried fruit for an alternative take-on-the-trial mix. They may also be ground and used in bread or other baked goods.
1. Rich in Nutrients.
Tiger nuts contain a variety of nutrients and beneficial plant compounds such as calcium, potassium, zinc, vitamin C, and protein et al.
Tiger nuts are also a rich source of antioxidants, which are beneficial compounds that protect the body against aging and diseases like cancer and heart disease.
Studies say germinating or roasting the tubers before eating decreases their antinutrient levels, making it simpler for the body to absorb and use the many nutrients they contain.
2. May Improve Digestion.
Tiger nuts may support healthy digestion in different ways, they are high in insoluble fiber, which passes through your gut without being digested.
Insoluble fiber adds bulk to your stools and helps food move through your gut easily, reducing the likelihood of constipation.
Tiger nuts are also presumed to contain resistant starch, a type of fiber that can feed the friendly bacteria in your gut, helping your digestion run smoothly.
Moreover, tiger nuts may contain enzymes, such as catalases, lipases, and amylases, which help break down foods in the gut, reducing gas and indigestion.
3. May Improve Heart Health.
Tiger nuts are rich in heart-healthy fats. They improve vein and artery flexibility and blood circulation, which may reduce your risk of heart disease.
Research also links tiger nuts to better blood circulation and a lower likelihood of blood clots, both of which can reduce your risk of heart disease.
4. May Boost Your Immune System and Help Fight Infections.
Tiger nuts are believed to contribute to a stronger immune system by fighting infections, including those from antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
5. May Act as an Aphrodisiac.
Tiger nuts have a history of being used to boost libido.
It is reported that men in Nigeria and Ghana have used tiger nuts for ages to treat erectile dysfunction, boost sperm count and boost libido.
So, if you have been battling erectile dysfunction, I recommend you use the natural remedy of using Tiger nuts and thank me later.