Tiger Nut is a miracle worker, when it comes to enriching your body with the needed nutrients.
Known in the Hausa language as “Kunun aya,” tiger nut is one of the earliest recorded plants cultivated in ancient Egypt. And they’ve been used medicinally for both oral medications and enemas.
Counted among the healthiest plants in the world, tiger nut helps to prevent heart attacks, thrombosis and activate blood circulation.
And due to the high contents of soluble glucose, they help prevent cancer, as well as reducing the risk of suffering colon cancer.
Additionally, the high non soluble fiber contents of tiger nuts help the diabetics to regulate their sugar levels in the blood.
However, recent studies have shown that there is more to tiger nuts than meets the eye. They are packed with a lot of health benefits that may seem too wonderful to be true.
Here are wonderful health benefits of tiger nuts drink
- It cures erectile dysfunction
In the world of alternative medicine, this is regarded as is one of the major health benefits of tiger nuts.
Tiger nuts have been shown to be very beneficial in improving the problem of erectile dysfunction (ED).
Although there is no medical evidence to support this claim, natives of Ghana have been using this traditional medicine for decades in the form of palliative for treating ED.
2. Another wonderful health benefit of tiger nuts is that it helps to fight against bacteria in the human body. As a matter of fact, a recent study has shown that tiger nuts can be used to fight bacterial infection such as E.coli and Salmonella.
3. It is also useful in fighting bacterial infection such as Streptococcus.
4. Regulate blood pressure
Tiger nut is a rich carrier of potassium. And potassium is said to be very useful when it comes to lowering the blood pressure.
Besides potassium, the magnesium in it also helps regulate the heartbeat and maintain normal blood pressure levels.
5. It helps in digestion
Oral tradition has it that tiger nuts were used to treat stomach upsets, irritable bowels, and other digestive issues.
They have also been used in folk medicine as a remedy for many ailments, including flatulence and diarrhea. And the enzymes, such as amylase, lipase, and catalase that are contained in it, help aid digestion.
6. It fights malnutrition
In under-developed nations where it is difficult for everyone to have access to highly nutritious food, tiger nuts can serve as a healthy option.
Because they are very rich in nutrients such as carbohydrate, fat, fiber, calcium, sodium, magnesium, phosphorus, iron, copper, iron and zinc.
Preparation of Tiger Nut Drink:
- If using dried tigernut or almond, rinse and soak in generous amount of water. leave overnight.
- Drain soaked nut and pour into a blender. …
- Place a sieve bag (same type used for pap) over a large bowl and pour the blended almond.
- Squeeze the bottom of the bag to release the milk.
- Pour into a jar store in the fridge.
How to preserve Tiger Nut Drink?
Obviously, after making the milk you have to put the jar with it in the refrigerator. However, it lasts only a couple of days in the fridge (mostly 3-4 days), and sometimes you would want to preserve it for a longer time. In this case, Nigerian people who often make tiger nut milk recommend using the freezer. In the freezer, the milk will save its useful properties for a much longer time.
Some people also recommend to preserve dry tiger nuts for a long time, as they can be kept as long as you need them, and then make milk out of them at the most convenient time. Many food experts suggest sterilizing milk or aseptically packaging it; however, this process is quite tedious.
Also, you are recommended not to throw away the tiger nut milk pulp. Despite the mass having lost its taste, it still contains nutritional elements and can be reused in the future for cooking, so you should store it in the fridge in an airtight container. You will be able to make a yogurt or porridge topping out if it, adding it to your smoothie, or using it for making energy balls by blending it with the dried fruit or nuts