Amazing Health Benefits of Betel Nut

By:Meenakshi Chaudhary, Onlymyhealth Editorial Team,Date:Mar 24, 2014

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Betel nuts are known for their psychoactive and stimulant effects and are quite popular in Asia and Africa
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    Betel Nut

    Betel nut is quite popular in Asia and Africa due to its psychoactive and stimulant effects. Here are some of the health benefits of betel nut.

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    Cavity Prevention

    Betel nuts are known for their anti bacterial effects because of which it was previously used as a common ingredient for preventing the cavities. But betel nuts are less useful than other therapeutic agents for dental purposes.

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    Dry Mouth Relief

    People who chew betel nut tend to produce saliva in large amounts which help them with dry mouth caused by diabetes and other health conditions. Chew on a couple of betel nuts when you get a dry mouth.

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    According to National Institutes of Health, preliminary research indicates that patients who take betel nuts show improvements in the symptoms of schizophrenia. However, the research also shows that betel nut produces side effects of tremors and stiffness in the schizophrenia.

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    Stroke Recovery

    Another benefit of betel nut is that it helps in stroke recovery. According to Inteli Health, betel nuts are beneficial in improving the speech, bladder control and muscle strength in patients. Think of betel nut as a friend of heart.

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    Betel nuts have been in use for many years as a medication to treat anemia in pregnant women. They are good in making up for severe iron deficiency and low blood sugar levels. Regular, however moderate, use of betel nut can help fight iron deficiency.

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    It has been found that people who have suffered a brain injury have shown some response to betel nuts. Use of betel nuts help improve speech and muscle control in such people. However, it can also have negative effects when used with other kinds of medication.

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    Pharmacological Properties

    It is believed that betel nut offers pharmacological properties however it is not that popular as a therapeutic solution. The nut offers toxic effects that are enough to overweight such minor health benefits.


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    In spite of these minor benefits, betel nut can worsen high or low blood pressure and irregular heart rate. Its chronic use can even cause cancer. Consult your health care provider before you decide making use of these health benefits.


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