Kunu is a traditional drink native to the Northern part of Nigeria. It is made from grains such as millet, maize, rice or sorghum. Depending on the grain used, it is known in Hausa language as “kunun aya” (from tiger nuts) this is one of the most preferred types of kunu due to the many health benefits of tiger nuts. others are”kunun gyada” (from groundnut milk and rice gruel) or kunun zaki (from Millet and potatoes). See The Amazing Health Benefits of Tigernut Milk


How to Prepare/Make Kunu

First make sure that the grain (maize, millet or rice) or tigernut is clean and allowed to germinate after which it is soaked in water for a few days. The soaked grain is then blended with sweet potatoes and ginger into a smooth paste. The paste is then divided into two parts. Boiled water is poured into one part and stirred into a thick mixture while the other part is added gradually to the mixture and stirred continually. The mixture is kept for about a day (24 hours) then filtered to remove larger particles and is ready to be consumed. It is best served chilled. See: Healthy Nigerian Meals Time Table

How To Make Kunun Aya

The procedure for making Kunun Aya, the Natural aphrodisiac known for boosting male sex drive is the same as above. The only difference is the addition of soaked tigernuts (Aya) and date palm (dabino) to the grain before blending. A major benefit of tiger nut in  Kunun aya is that it has been used for centuries in northern Nigeria to boost male sex drive and to treat premature ejaculation naturally without side effects.  Check out the other 5 Simple Methods You Can Use To Cure Premature Ejaculation


The Health Benefits of Kunu Drink

Bearing in mind the composition of the drink, it has a combined effect of the individual ingredients and as so has great benefits to human health. Scientific analysis has shown  that ginger contains hundreds of compounds which contribute to health and sweet potatoes is an excellent source of vitamin A(retinol) and a good source of vitamin C, Copper, Pantothenic acid and pyridoxine (Vitamin B6). Some of the benefits of drinking kunu includes;


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The phenolic compounds in ginger, a major component of kunu are known to help relieve gastrointestinal irritation, stimulate bile and saliva production and suppress gastric contractions as food and fluids move through the gastro intestinal tract. .

The rich fiber component of the grains used in making kunu prevents constipation and promotes bowel emptying. A study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology reported that high compliance with a high-fiber, low fat diet is associated with reduced risk of colon cancer and colorectal adenoma recurrence. See  Complete Cancer Guide

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Protect the Heart

Key ingredients in kunu such as millet contains a poly nutrient known as lignin which has cancer fighting properties and is beneficial to the heart. It also contains a lot of magnesium and potassium and both play important roles in reducing blood pressure. Read: Coronary Heart Disease

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Muscle Relaxant

Kunu is known to act as a muscle relaxant, largely due to the mild fermentation that occurred during the 24 hours maturation period. This effect is very beneficial for working out or long physical exercise. SEE: Millet health Benefits

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Pregnancy and Breast Milk flow

In Nigeria and many parts of Africa, kunu is recommended for new mothers who are unable to produce milk to stimulate milk production. Although the mechanism by which it achieves this remarkable feat is unknown, the consumption of kunu during this period is accompanied with spontaneous and improved production of breast milk. Nausea a common symptom during the first trimester can be controlled by taking this drink. It also helps to increase blood supply to the growing foetus and helps to reduce problems associated with indigestion. See 7 Bizarre African Tribe Sex Rituals 

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Apart from the benefit of rehydration, kunu also contains vitamin C (Ascorbic acid), a powerful antioxidant that helps boost immunity, fight cardiovascular diseases, promote healthy skin and prevent cancer.

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Having known some of the health benefits of this wonderful drink, replacing your soda and other carbonated drinks with kunu and other health friendly drinks would be a wise idea. See The Many Health Benefits of Zobo Drink

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