5 Surprising Health Benefits of Nigeria’s Kunu Drink

Kunu drink (Kunu Zaki) is insanely popular in Nigeria. But did you know that Kunu drink also offers some serious health benefits?

Before we get to our list of 5 health benefits of Kunu, we need to first understand what this drink is made from.

Kunu drink is made from millet, sweet potato, cloves, water and sugar. Other variations of Kunu drink replace millet with rice (Kunu Gyada) or with Tiger Nuts (Kunu Aya).


#1 Kunu Drink and Pregnancy

Kunu Drink has significant health benefits for pregnant women.

The reason is simple: it creates a magic ingredient.

The magic ingredient is the “super-food”, ginger, that offers a range of benefits for pregnant women.

Here are just a few of those benefits:

  1. Ginger improves the blood circulation in the body. This is important so that you’re baby will get the right level of blood supply.
  2. All pregnant women know that nausea is a common symptom during the first trimester. The ginger in Kunu Drink can settle your stomach and help reduce nausea.
  3. Pregnancy causes the muscles in the digestive tract to relax and, therefore, food will travel through the intestines at a slower rate. The result is serious indigestion and bloating. The ginger in Kunu Drink will help reduce problems with digestion.

#2 Boost Your Sperm Count

Perhaps you’re not yet pregnant but trying to conceive. If so, then this next health benefit of Kunu Drink is a must read…

As I said above, Kunu Drink contains sweet potato (another so-called “super-food” by the way).

Sweet potato is filled with very high levels of vitamin C. In one large sweet potato of 180g, there is 35.3g of vitamin C. And that’s great news if you’re looking to increase your sperm count.

As WebMD has reported, certain studies have reported that vitamin C is an antioxidant that has the “power to neutralize sperm-busting free radicals”.

Even if you’re not trying to get pregnant, it’s always good to have lots of vitamin C in your diet. Advantages of vitamin C include reducing the risk of cancer, cardiovascular disease and eye problems.

#3 Lose Weight With Kunu Drink

You might feel like you’re getting to grips with understanding the nutritional value of Kunu drink.

But there’s one question that our readers ask us all the time: is Kunu drink fattening?

To be honest, this is a difficult question to answer. Because like all types of food, the answer depends on how much Kunu drink you consume and how much sugar or other sweeteners you add.

The great thing about Kunu drink (when drunk in moderation, at least) it that it can actually help you lose weight.

It does this due to its core ingredient: Millet. This nutritious grain contains high levels of protein and allows you to meet your daily protein requirements without eating meat.

The problem with eating lots of meat is that is rich in calories and can lead to weight gain. There is a clear link between eating less meat and loosing weight.

So if you drink Kunu drink as opposed to eating more calorific foods (e.g. hamburgers, sausages etc.), then this will help anyone looking avoid fattening.

#4 Sooth Colds And Coughs With Kunu Drink

Kunu drink is usually served in Nigeria with cloves, which brings us to the next health benefit: it soothes colds and coughs.

Yes, cloves are well known for their medicinal properties. And according to Health.com:

“Cloves work as an expectorant, loosening mucus in the throat and esophagus so you can cough it up”

Next time you have a cold or cough, try drinking Kunu drink with lots of cloves and you may feel the benefits.

#5 Protect Your Heart with Kunu Drink

I’ve saved the best health benefit for last…

Kunu drink offers excellent protection for your heart due to the use of millet.

Millet contains a lot of magnesium and potassium and both of these minerals play an important role in reducing blood pressure.

You probably know that having high blood pressure increases the risk of having a stroke or heart attack. So Kunu drink can be great for your heart as it actually reduces blood pressure.

Kunu Drink also contains high levels of Vitamin B3 due to its millet content. Some doctors argue that Vitamin B3 can help your heart by increasing the good cholestral in your body (i.e. high density lipoprotein or HDL).

If you’ve enjoyed this article about the health benefits of Kunu drink, then check out our piece about the risks of drinking Zobo drink during pregnancy. 

Do you drink Kunu drink regularly? If so, please comment here and let us know how you like to prepare Kunu drink and whether you feel that it offers you health benefits.

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