Friday, September 14, 2018

The Amazing Health benefits of eating Tiger Nuts


The Amazing Benefits Of Eating Tiger Nuts – If you have not been snacking on tiger nuts, drinking tiger nut milk or generally including it in your diet plan, you are missing out on one of the cheapest ways to boost your overall health.
Tiger nut, locally called “ofio” or “aya” is not a type of nut but roots; they are actually tuberous rhizomes of a sedge grass (cyperus esculentus lativum) that has been around for over 4,000 years!
Yes, it has been around for that long and it is cultivated across the world especially in temperate regions like the Middle East, Europe and in Africa but is originally from Valencia in Spain. It is a crop plant and the plant looks like grass. It is a perennial crop i.e it grows all year round and can be harvested up to two times before it dies off and the plant is about 90cm in height with the tubers growing to the size of peanuts.
People also call tiger nut earth almonds, Zulu nuts, chufa, ground almonds and some even call them edible rush. It is commonly called tiger nut because the flesh looks like tiger stripes and they taste like a blend of coconut and almond. You can find three different types of tiger nuts based on their color; there is the yellow, brown and black but in Nigeria here, the brown type of tiger nut is common. It can be eaten fresh like a snack, juiced for its milk, roasted or even boiled. They are also often dried and packaged to last longer and they can also be grounded into flour. In whatever way it may be consumed, tiger nuts have such great health benefits to the body and have become so popular because of this.
In an average serving of 100g of tiger nut, your body will be getting:
  • energy 400 kcal
  • protein 6.67 g
  • fat 23.33 g
  • carbohydrate 63.3 g
  • fiber 33 g
  • sugar 30 g
  • calcium 100 mg and
  • iron 10 mg
Tiger nuts are rich in alkaloids, flavonoids, phenolics, and tannis. They are great in regulating blood pressure, promoting a healthy digestive system and they help you look younger and stay fit because they are rich in vitamin C, vitamin E, potassium, magnesium and phosphorous. Tiger nuts are also high in fiber and low in calories so they are excellent for those who are looking to lose weight. They are also said to be very good in helping to prevent cancer, especially colon cancer because they contain a great amount of soluble glucose. They also help those with diabetes control their sugar level and they have been said to be great in preventing heart attack, Thrombosis and in activating better circulation of blood.
Tiger nuts can do all of the above and more for your body. In fact, they are actually labeled as one of the healthiest plants in the world; so amazing, it will not just work for your body but also help to boost your s*x life

1. Cures Erectile Dysfunction

Where getting an erection or keeping the penis erected may happen to men occasionally due to stress, fatigue, and even one’s mindset during s*x, it becomes a serious issue when it happens very often. Of course, no man wants to be tagged a one minute man or worse, called impotent he can’t get it up. So, if you are one of those having issues with junior standing at attention when you need it to, tiger nut should be your new best friend. It may sound funny that something so serious could be tackled with something cheap like the tiger nuts but it will interest you to know that tiger nuts are commonly used in Ghana to treat erectile dysfunction.
Tiger nut is said to be very rich in omega-3 fatty acids that help to prevent plaque accumulation in the heart and to increase blood flow to the penis which in turn helps a man get hard when they need to and to stay hard even longer. If you are struggling with erectile dysfunction, I advise that include tiger nut in your diet, especially tiger nut milk

2. Rich In Fiber

Tiger Nuts are packed with high fiber content – around 33%, which is indeed a considerable amount. In a study conducted in 2009 by the University of Miguel Hernandez, Orihuela, Spain, it was found out that 100g tiger nut flour contains around 60 g dietary fiber, especially the insoluble dietary fiber which is much higher than other popular fiber sources such as rice bran, oats, apple, cabbage, carrots, pears, Chia seeds and jack beans.

3. A Healthy Substitute For Lactose Intolerance

Milk derived from Tiger nut is a healthy option for those who cannot drink cow’s milk due to lactose intolerance. Tiger nut milk is free from lactose, and hence anyone can drink this milk, which is rich in calcium and supports bone building and growth in young children. This milk contains highest nutrition and fat content among all the other non-milk substitutes.

4. Rich In Vitamins E And C

Recent studies suggest that tiger nuts are loaded with vitamins and minerals, especially vitamins C and E and potassium and phosphorus. Yogurt made by mixing cow’s milk with tiger nut milk has been found to be exceptionally high in these vitamins and other nutrients.

5. Good Source Of Magnesium

According to the Office of Dietary Supplements, magnesium is highly vital for the normal functioning of the body, as it is required to carry out more than 300 biochemical reactions in the human body. Recent studies have revealed that 100 g flour of tiger nuts contains between 13 to 17 percent of magnesium, which helps to promote normal nerve and muscle function, regulates sugar, maintains blood pressure levels to normalcy, and strengthen bones, process protein and keep you healthy.

6. Plentiful Arginine

Tiger nuts are also loaded with plentiful of amino acids of various types, especially Arginine. The Mayo Foundation suggests arginine as the nitric oxide precursor, which maintains the width of blood vessels to ensure normal blood flow. Arginine is helpful in providing solutions in conditions caused due to restricted blood vessels, including clogged arteries, chest pain, erectile dysfunction, heart disease or failure, artery diseases, muscle cramps, and headaches.

7. Protects Against Cardiovascular Disease

The Office of Dietary Supplements of the National Health Institute has stated that vitamin E acts as a catchall reference for different fat-soluble compounds that are rich in antioxidant qualities. Since tiger nuts are rich in vitamin E, all these qualities are present in tiger nut milk and tiger nut flour.

8. Boosts ‘Good’ (HDL) Cholesterol

Tiger nuts contain a fair amount of oleic acid. Oleic acid is a MUFA (monounsaturated fatty acid) that helps increase your body’s HDL cholesterol 

9. Digestion

Tiger nuts have many nutritional and health benefits, which make them an amazing food for anyone. Traditionally, tiger nuts were used to treat stomach upsets, irritable bowels, and other digestive issues. They have been used in folk medicine as a remedy for many ailments, including flatulence and diarrhea 

10. Probiotics

Tiger nut milk is a good source of probiotics (gut-healthy bacteria that aid digestion; usually found in curd).

11. Potassium Booster

Tiger nuts are rich in potassium, which, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center, is one of the few essential minerals that contribute to the proper functioning of the cell and body organs, especially the heart. Potassium is essential to maintain proper regulation of muscle contraction, digestive functions and to control the blood pressure levels.

12. Controls Diabetes

The high insoluble dietary fiber present in tiger nut flour regulates blood sugar levels and helps the diabetic patients remain healthy.

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