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Alternative Names

Arbre à Kola, Arbre à Cola, Bissy Nut, Bissey Nut, Gworo, Guru Nut, Kolatier, Kola Nut, Noix de Gourou, Nuez de Cola, Noix de Cola, Noix du Kolatier, Noix de Kola, Noix du Soudan, Noix de Soudan, Soudan Coffee CAUTION: Please refer to separate listing for Gotu Kola, Caffeine, White Tea, Green Tea, Coffee, Oolong Tea, Guarana, Mate and Cocoa

Scientific Name

Cola Nitida

Why Do People Use Kola Nut?

The oral preparations of Cola nitida (Cola nut), like cola nut powder, are believed to be helpful for short term relief of physical and mental depressive and fatigue states particularly that are related with general muscle weakness. Cola nut powder is also utilized for melancholy disorders, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), exhaustion, atony, atonic diarrhea, dysentery, migraines issues and weight loss. In beverages and foods, Cola acuminate is utilized as a flavoring ingredient.

Is It Safe To Use?

Possibly Safe - Cola nut consumption is considered possibly safe when utilized orally and appropriately for short term. Its extract has attained the rank of Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) in the US. Cola nut is also possibly safe in following conditions: • For Children • Pregnancy and Lactation Possibly Unsafe - Cola nut powder is likely unsafe when utilized orally in excessive amounts. Cola nut powder has caffeine. Excessive amount of cola nut from 10 to 14 grams may show adverse effects. Severe toxicity can occur at even lower amounts depending on caffeine sensitivity and factors such as prior caffeine use, age, smoking etc.

How Effective Is Kola Nut?

Obesity - According to some recent studies, it is recommended that cola nut powder in combination with willow bark and ephedra may cause decrease in weight in obese and overweight individuals. Cola nut 1500 mg for every day given in separated amounts for three months in combination with willow bark and ephedra may cause a total decrease of as much as 2 kg weight. However, some safety concerns have been associated with the consumption of this combination. Also, ephedra is not allowed in the US because of its serious side effects reported. Still more confirmations are required to rate safety of cola nut for this usage.

How Kola Nut Works?

The most effective part of Cola acuminate is its seed. Cola nut contains as much as 1%-2.5% caffeine in it. Cola nut additionally contains high amounts of tannins and N-nitroso compounds that are considered cancer-causing agents. Caffeine is responsible for greater part of the pharmacologic impacts of cola nut. Caffeine is a methylxanthine compound and is structurally associated with uric acid, theobromine and theophylline. It is 100% bioavailable after oral consumption and is metabolized particularly in the liver to theobromine, theophylline and paraxanthine. The half-life of caffeine is around six hours. Caffeine excites the central nervous system (CNS), muscles, heart and increases the blood pressure. Caffeine functions by inhibiting the action of phosphodiesterase and causing hindrance of adenosine receptors. By blocking adenosine receptors, caffeine is thought to potentiate the neurotransmitters release, for example, dopamine. Caffeine also fortifies respiration and lessens air way resistance, through phosphodiesterase inhibition and adenosine receptor blockade. It has also been recommended that caffeine may diminish serotonin signaling and GABA activity. Caffeine animates gastric acid emission and builds levels of plasma catecholamine. Caffeine can have positive chronotropic and inotropic impacts on the heart. It can intensely raise both systolic and diastolic blood pressure, however may not have this impact in regular users. Caffeine acts as a diuretic agent. A person loses 1.17 ml water for every mg of caffeine he consumes. Tachyphylaxis to the diuretic impact establishes quickly, decreasing liquid loss related with caffeine consumption. Such beverages that contain caffeine utilized during moderate endurance activity don't seem to decrease hydration status. Caffeine does not significantly influence the liquid status of individuals who drink caffeine contained drinks all the time.

What Are The Side Effects /Adverse Reactions of Kola Nut?

Not known.

How Kola Nut Interacts With Other Herbs and Supplements?

Cola acuminate can interact with following supplements & herbs and may potentiate their pharmacological and side effects: • Bitter Orange • Calcium • Creatine • Ephedra (Ma Huang)

How Kola Nut Interacts With Drugs?

Cola nut powder can interact with following drugs and may show side effects: • Adenosine (Adenocard) • Alcohol (Ethanol) • Amphetamines • Antidiabetes Drugs • Beta-Adrenergic Agonists • Cimetidine (Tagamet) • Clozapine (Clozaril) • Cocaine • Contraceptive Drugs • Dipyridamole (Persantine) • Disulfiram (Antabuse) • Ephedrine • Fluvoxamine (Luvox) • Lithium • Mexiletine (Mexitil) • Nicotine • Pentobarbital (Nembutal) • Phenylpropanolamine • Quinolone Antibiotics • Riluzole (Rilutek) • Terbinafine (Lamisil) • Theophylline

How Kola Nut Interacts With Foods?

Not known.

How Kola Nut Interacts With Lab Tests?

Cola acuminate can interacts with following lab tests and may show deranged results: • Bleeding Time • Catecholamines • Dipyridamole Thallium Imaging • Glucose • Lactate • Neuroblastoma Tests • Pharmacological Stress Tests • Pheochromocytoma Tests • Pulmonary Function Tests • Theophylline • Urate • Urinary Calcium • Vanillylmandelic Acid (Vma)

How Kola Nut Interacts With Diseases and Conditions?

Not known.

What Should Be the Dose/Administration of Kola Nut?

There is no topical dosage of cola nut.


Cola nut is utilized in large scale in a number of West African countries and in some African countries as well like Nigeria in social and cultural occasions as part of traditional hospitality.

General Certificate of Analysis (COA)

Specification sheet links below are a standard copy of the COA less the batch or lot number and manufactures dates. Specification sheet can be dated and should only be considered as a general information. Please contact and request an up to date COA if needed for specific updated information before placing order by filling out the contact form with product name and SKU number. If ordering quantities of twenty five kilos or more contact for availability.


These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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