Tiger nuts, also known as earth almond and zulu nuts are a tuber that grows below the ground’s surface just like potatoes with the same benefits as nuts. A member of the Cyperus family it is an excellent source of fiber, these nuts come from California, Europe, Northern African, and even Florida and have been around for over 4,000 years. Tiger nuts are very healthy, they help to prevent heart attacks, thrombosis and improve blood circulation. But, we are actually going to look at its oil; tiger nut oil is cold pressed from these nutritious nuts. The oil is golden brown in colour and has a rich, nutty taste. Tiger nut oil is also a fantastic component of beauty products. It contains vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids and can also be used in cooking.
Tiger nut oil is commonly used in the cosmetic industry. It contains antidioxidant like vitamin E so it helps slow down the ageing of the body cells. It favours the elasticity of the skin and reduces wrinkles; it is very similar to olive oil and can be used in the same manner. It reduces the risk of formation of blood clots and produces dilatation in veins, in other words it prevents diseases like arteriosclerosis as well as reduces levels of triglycerides in blood.
Tiger nut oil also increases fertility in both men and women, it reduces cholesterol, the bad one that is and increases the good which in turn protects the body from heart disease. In Chinese medicine, it is used to regulate menstruation in women.
Experts have recommended tiger nuts for those who suffer from indigestion, flatulence and diarrhoea because it provides digestive enzymes like the catalase, lipase and amylase. Its high fibre content also aids in the prevention of constipation. Oil is used everyday across the world but not many people know that they have many health benefits.