A lot of people eat the tiger-nut without knowing the health benefits. Igbo tribe in Nigeria calls is aki hausa, Yorubas call is imumu and hausas aya. It is mostly used as juice to enhance the intestines.
Tiger nut is rich in fibre, has 20-30 per cent tiger-nut oil which is nourishing to the epidermis, nullifies hard-knots in the stomach and acts as a coolant to hot flushes associated with premature menopause. Its high
Medicinal Benefits of the Tiger Nuts
1. It prevents constipation.
2. It has necessary vital minerals; calcium, magnesium and iron necessary for bones, tissues repairs, muscles and the blood stream.
3. It contains enough protein and carbohydrates
4. It contains a good quantity of vitamin B1 which assists in balancing the central nervous system and helps to encourage the body to adapt to stress.
5. It supplies the body with enough quantity of Vitamin E, very essential for fertility in both men and women.
6. It is excellent for colitis and assists proper digestion. In China, the juice is used as a liver tonic, heart stimulant, drank to heal serious stomach pain, to promote normal menstruation, to heal mouth and gum ulcers, use in Ayurvedic medicines and is a powerful aphrodisiac (sexual stimulant).
8. Tiger nuts give a heating and drying action to the digestive system in general and this gives it the potency to alleviate flatulence.
How to make Tiger-Nut Juice/milk
Fetch 180g of dried tiger nut,
1 litre of water
1 lemon rind (optional)
1/2 cup pitted date
Sort out all rotten nuts and other unwanted objects.
Wash and soak for 24 hours, change the water 2-3 times to avoid smelling, drain well and blend in your blender.
Blend it with a rind of lemon, dates, add half of the water and allow to stand for 20 minutes – sieve with a neat cloth twice, bottle and serve cold you can add honey and a cinnamon stick or use it plain with oat or cereal of your choice.