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Africa’s bitter kola may cure glaucoma, says Nigerian researchers

As the international community celebrates World Sight Day, a group of Nigerian medical doctors and researchers have released findings that Africa’s bitter kola (Garcinia Kola) was efficacious in the treatment of glaucoma, a disease that results in irreversible blindness.

Bitter kola is known for alleviating many diseases, including blood pressure and reduction in sub-chondral pressure and pain in the knee.

A statement released on Monday in Abuja said, “during the initial stages of this study, Alcon Research Laboratories Inc. of the United States of America, was consulted to perform chromatography and pharmaco-dynamics analyses of the kola nut extract’’.

“Glaucoma is a leading cause of irreversible blindness. The progression of this disease can be reduced or stopped by lowering IOP with medication and surgery.

The Garcinia Kola is an indigenous herb in Nigeria colloquially referred to as “bitter kola”, “false kola” or “male kola.” It has been shown to have anti-inflammatory, anti-parasitic, anti-microbial and antiviral properties.