10 Powerful Health Benefits Of Tiger Nuts

By Collins Nwokolo Tuesday, 23 January 2018


Tiger nuts are one the most popular foods in the world. Thru are cultivated and eaten in  Africa, the Middle East, Asia, as well as North and South America.
In Nigeria where I come from, tiger nuts are also common. In the Igbos refer to them as ‘Aki Awusa’, the Hausas call them ‘Aya’, and the Yorubas as ‘Imumu’.
Tiger nuts are also very healthy and good for you. That's why today you'll be learning the health benefits of tiger nuts.
Tiger nuts are not actually nuts as they are called, but they are tubers belonging to the Cyperaceae family. In this article we will not just look at the health benefits of tiger nuts, but also the various ways tiger nuts can be consumed to gain it's maximum health benefits.

In Nigeria, tigernuts are a traditional food. They are usually consumed in various forms. The fresh type are golden brown in colo and are bigger. While the
semi-dry ones are brown in color and smaller. They are coated with sugar to give them an extra sweet taste. Tiger nuts can be eaten raw as a snack. However, one common way eat is eaten is by preparing an
all-natural, delicious, milky beverage known as Tiger nut milk. In Nigeria it is known as ‘Kunnu Aya' and is a lactose-free alternative to dairy milk. It is one the healthy nigerian local drinks.
They are used in the cosmetic industry as an anti aging treatment too. They are so many health benefits of tiger nuts, so please find them out.




Health Benefits Of Tiger Nuts
Health benefits of Tiger nuts

As mentioned earlier, tiger nuts are very healthy for you. They contain a lot of beneficial nutrients and can help you stay healthy.
Some nutritional content* of tiger nuts are:


  • Protein 2g
  • Carbohydrate 9 g
  • Dietary fiber 10g
  • Fat 1g
  • Magnesium


* Per ounce of tiger nuts.

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So what are the health benefits of tiger nuts.

1. They are a great source of magnesium

Tiger nuts are an amazing natural source of magnesium. They contain a whole lot of magnesium, that the body needs.
Magnesium helps to improvs muscle and nerve function. It also boosts the immune system. Magnesium is also good for the heart.



2. They contain essential vitamins

Tiger nuts contain some really essential vitamins too, especially Vitamin C and E.
Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that boosts the inmunological system.
Vitamin E plays a role in the formation and functioning of the blood cells and tissues in the body. It also offers prevention against cardiovascular diseases.



3. They have high fiber content

Close to one-third of Tiger nuts contain dietary fiber. Consuming foods with high dietary fiber can make you feel fuller for a quite long time. That is how tiger nuts can help you maintain or get your a good weight. The dietary fiber in tiger nuts are also good for our digestive system. Besides
the dietary fiber. A good digestive system aids us to have normal excretion of waste products from our digestive
system.


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4. They improve fertility

Tiger nuts are also beneficial for improving sexual performance and fertility. A recent study attested to this. They are also said to improve fertility in both males and females. They also ensure a normal menstruation in females.



5. They strengthen the muscle, bones.

Tiger nuts contain a lot of magnesium and calcium. These minerals gives you good muscles, stronger teeth and bones.



6. They help you sleep better

The milk gotten from tiger nuts
is also not lacking in nutrients. Drinking tiger but milk can help you get adequate sleep and combat insomnia.
Most people who drink tiger nut milk after strenuous activity get good sleep almost immediately.

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7. They contain  healthy fats

Another one of health benefits of tiger nuts is the they contain the healthy fats. The healthy fats in tiger but oil are very similar to olive oil.
Consuming unsaturated fats or vegetable fats and very good for the heart.
Tigernut has a lipid profile that ks similar to that of olive oil, which is said to be one of the healthiest oils. Tiger nuts constitutes of abouts 80% unsaturated fats and only
18% of the cholesterol causing
saturated fat.




8. They help fight malnutrition in children

Children need to eat foods that contain all the essential nutrients, vitamins and minerals for adequate growth and development. As you might have seen so far, tiger but meets all these criteria.

These tiny tubers are rich in all the important nutrients such as carbohydrate, fat, fiber, calcium, potassium
magnesium, phosphorus, iron, and zinc.

9. They are a great source if non meat protein

Recent scientific studies have proven  that tiger nuts have a very high content of proteins
which is significantly higher than wholemeal wheat.
Also, tigernuts have a lot  amino acids, more than the amount your body needs.


10. They can serve as a healthy alternative animal milk


Almost all dairy products are gotten from animals. However, tiger nuts are a great alternative for natural dairy product that is also healthy. In case you are lactose intolerant, tiger but milk is  without lactose, low in fat and rich in calcium.

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Nwokolo Collins

Hi, My name is Nwokolo Collins, I am a passionate health enthusiast, I write amazing health articles with sufficient humour.

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