Tiger nuts: 5 Reasons To Eat Them

tiger nuts

Tiger nuts, also known as chufa, yellow nutsedge or earth almonds, are not actually nuts, but rather edible tubers.

They’re rich in a variety of nutrients and have been linked to several health benefits ranging from better digestion to a reduced risk of heart disease.

Moreover,they can be eaten freshly dug out of the ground, or roasted, boiled, or juiced. Packaged tiger nuts have been dried to make them shelf-stable.

All come with numerous health benefits.

Health Benefits of Tiger Nuts

1. Rich in Nutrients

They are tubers rich in fiber, vitamins, minerals, and other beneficial plant compounds.

Germinating or roasting tiger nuts prior to eating them can boost their antioxidant levels and improve your body’s ability to absorb its nutrients.

They are also a rich source of antioxidants, which are beneficial compounds that protect your body against aging and diseases like cancer and also heart disease.

2. May Improve Digestion

They are a good source of insoluble fiber, which can prevent constipation and help your digestion run smoothly.

also, they are presumed to contain resistant starch, a type of fiber that can feed the friendly bacteria in your gut, helping your digestion run smoothly

Thus, add them to your diet gradually to avoid unpleasant gas or bloating.

3. May Reduce Blood Sugar Levels

Tiger nuts may help keep your blood sugar levels in check.

Moreover,studies show that tiger nut extract may help reduce blood sugar levels.

This may, in large part, be due to the high fiber content of the tubers which may slow down the absorption of sugar in the gut.

4. May Improve Heart Health

Tiger nuts are rich in heart-healthy fats. They may improve vein and artery flexibility and blood circulation, which may reduce your risk of heart disease.

That’s partly because of the high amount of monounsaturated fats they contain, which give them a fat profile similar to that of heart-healthy olive oil.

What’s more, tiger nuts are rich in the amino acid arginine. Arginine can promote heart health because your body can use it to make nitric oxide.

5. May Act as an Aphrodisiac

Tiger nuts are used as a natural aphrodisiac in some parts of the world.

However, they are used as aphrodisiacs in Ayurvedic medicine.

In addition, men in Nigeria have used tiger nuts for generations to treat erectile dysfunction, increase sperm count and boost libido.

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