Also known as areca nutz, paan, paan-gutkha pinlang, pinang, or supari, betel nuts are the fruit of the areca palm tree. It is scientifically known as Areca catechu and is native to India, Asia, the Philippines and parts of Africa. It has been used recreationally and medicinally since the 1st century AD.
The top benefits of betel nut include its impact on alertness, energy levels, euphoria, salivation, and stamina.
Chewing betel nut is used to stimulate appetite and increase saliva flow for digestion.
Increase Energy Levels
Betel nut is used as a stimulant for increasing alertness and stamina and giving the user a sense of well-being and euphoria. It has also been used as a stimulant for libido and to alleviate symptoms of excessive heat.
Betel nut is known for treating eye disorders like glaucoma
Detoxify the Body
In traditional medicines, betel nut was often used as a detoxifier, and a treatment to remove parasites and kill worms. It has the ability to stimulate gastrointestinal activity, helping with flatulence or constipation. Betel nuts are also traditionally used to treat bad breath and prevent phlegm. They are often chewed before traveling to help prevent nausea.
Research suggests that betel nut extract has been used to help stroke victims recover by helping improve speech, bladder function, and strength.
Betel nut is also known to treat the symptoms of schizophrenia, though this does come with some side effects.
These nuts are particularly useful for dry mouth sufferers, whether from disease or medication. Betel nuts have antibacterial qualities, which have led the extracts to be used as an ingredient in oral healthcare products. It is thought to help keep gums and teeth strong, and prevent cavities.
Balancing the Blood
Betel nuts are used in folk medicine for treating anemia as they help boost iron levels. They are also thought to help control diabetes, due to their ability to regulate blood glucose levels. The tannins in betel nuts can also lower high blood pressure.