5 Health Benefits of Kunu Drink
Kunu is a traditional drink in the Northern part of Nigeria. It is also made from grains such as millet, maize, rice or sorghum too. Depending on the grain used, it is known in the Hausa language as “kunun aya” The kunun drink is also extracted from tiger nuts, and this is one of the best-rich kunu drink due to the many health benefits of tiger nuts. others types of kunu are”kunun gyada” (from groundnut milk and rice gruel) or kunun zaki (from Millet and potatoes).
The variety of the drink made from sorghum is a milky light-brown colour, whilst that which is made from millet and maize is whitish in colour.
How to Prepare/Make Rich Kunu drink recipe
- Millet- three cups;
- Water – 2 l.;
- Sweet potato – a half;
- 2 average gingers;
- Cloves – one tbsp;
- Sugar to taste.
First make sure that the grain (maize, millet or rice) or tiger nut is clean and soaked in water for 1-2 days. Pour the soaked grain into a blender machine and add your spicy sweet potatoes and ginger and blend until it forms a smooth paste. After that, the process divided into two parts. Poured a Boiled water 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.
How To Make rich Kunu Aya
The procedure for making Kunu Aya,
- Fresh and milk from 1 coconut
- 10 medium-sized dates
- 2 cups of tiger nuts
- 1 piece of ginger
The Natural aphrodisiac known for boosting male sex drive is the same as above. The only difference is the addition of soaked tiger nut (Aya) and dates palm (dabino) to the grain before blending. A major benefit of Kunun aya is that it has been used for centuries in northern Nigeria to boost male sex hormone and to treat premature ejaculation naturally without side effects.
Soak the tiger nut overnight in fresh water. Put the soaked tiger nut, coconut flesh and milk halved dates, and chopped ginger into a blender, add a little water and blend. Strain the blended paste through a filter, leave the milk aside, put the paste back into the blender with water, and strain again. Combine the two portions of milk and refrigerate before serving.
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How to make kunun tsamiya
Kunun tsamiya is a drink that is made of tamarind. Tamarind has such a vibrant and flavorful taste that all you need to make this drink is tamarind, water, and honey to taste.
Soak the peeled tamarind in boiling water, let the mixture sit for half an hour, strain, sweeten to taste, and serve the drink chilled or preserve by a refrigerator and consume later.
How to make kunun gyada
kunu gyada, is a variation of kunu drink made with rice, tamarind, and groundnuts. Soak the rice and tamarind in separate bowls of water. In the meantime, roast the groundnuts, peel them, and add water to blend.
Combine the groundnut paste with rice and cook on low heat until the rice is tender. Serve with tamarind juice and honey for sweetness and serve the drink chilled or preserve by the refrigerator and consume later.
Health Benefits of Kunu Drink
Bear this in mind the nutritional benefit of this drink, it has a combined effect of the individual ingredients and has great benefits to human health.
Some of the benefits of drinking kunu includes:
1. It helps the Digestive System
The phenolic compounds in kunu, a major component of kunu drink are known to help relieve gastrointestinal irritation, stimulate bile and saliva production and suppress gastric contractions as food and fluids move through the gastrointestinal tract.
The rich fiber component of the grains used in making kunu prevents constipation and promotes bowel movement. 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.
2. Protect the Heart
The major ingredients in kunu such as millet contain 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.
3. Muscle Relaxant
Kunu acts as a muscle relaxant supplement, largely due to the mild fermentation that occurred during the 24 hours maturation period. This effect is very beneficial for working out on long physical exercise.
4. Kunu Drinks for Pregnancy Women and Breast Milk Mother’s
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 a 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 fetus and helps to reduce problems associated with indigestion.
5. Anti-oxidant Properties
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.
Having known some of the health benefits of this wonderful drink, replacing your soda and other carbonated drinks with kunu drink and other health friendly drinks like “Health benefits of zobo drink” would be a better option.