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).
Below are the reasons why you should drink it
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:
Boost Your Sperm Count
Perhaps you’re not yet pregnant but trying to conceive. As indicated 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. 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.
Lose Weight With Kunu Drink
You might feel like you’re getting to grips with understanding the nutritional value of Kunu drink. The great thing about it (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 it as opposed to eating more calorific foods (e.g. hamburgers, sausages etc.), then this will help anyone looking avoid fattening.
Sooth Colds And Coughs With Kunu Drink
It is usually served in Nigeria with cloves, which brings us to the next health benefit: it soothes colds and coughs. 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.
Protect Your Heart with Kunu Drink
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.
It is 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, be sure to add kunu to your diet.