Cola nut is a common weight loss pill ingredient that can be listed as any of several different names. Among them include: Bissy Nut, Noix de Gourou, Nuez de Cola, Noix du Soudan, Soudan Coffee, Arbre a Cola, Bissey Nut, Cola acuminate, Guru Nut, Gworo, and several others.
The ingredient, itself, is actually a seed that is produced by the cola nut plant. It is a substance that is used as a part of traditional ceremonies, culture and medicine in several West African countries such as Nigeria. It is also used as a flavoring ingredient in many foods and beverages. It is, of course, in the medicinal use that it is used for weight loss supplement purposes.
Cola nut contains stimulants, which helps to explain why it has been used in order to treat fatigue over the short term, as well as to offer temporary relief from chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), depression, exhaustion, lack of normal muscle tone, atonic diarrhea, migraine headaches and weight loss. The stimulant in this substance is caffeine, which functions by stimulating the heart, muscles and central nervous system.
That said, as much as it may find its way into hundreds of different diet pill formulations, there is insufficient evidence to prove that it is actually effective enough to produce measurable weight loss results through its use. There has been some limited preliminary research that has indicated that combining willow bark, ephedra and cola nut and taking it by month for six months can lead to modest weight loss among obese and overweight individuals. However, it’s important to point out two very important things. The first is that the study was sponsored by a product manufacturer. The second is that ephedra is an ingredient that is illegal to include in weight loss supplements in the United States and a large number of other countries around the world.
There are severe adverse effects associated with the use of ephedra, meaning that even if cola nut was effective for weight loss uses in combination with that ingredient, any product that contained them would be banned.
In terms of using cola nut on its own, the amount that would be used in food is considered to be quite safe for the majority of healthy people. When taking it orally for medicinal uses, over the short term, it has been deemed to be possibly safe, though the caffeine it contains is linked to the risk of side effects such as nervousness, insomnia, jitters, stomach irritation, restlessness, nausea and vomiting and increased respiration and heart rate among others.