Betel Nut is popular in certain countries of the world,primarily Africa and Asia,as a recreational drug due to its psychoactive and stimulant effects.Some components of betel nut have pharmacological properties,but there is little evidence supports its use for any therapeutic purpose,according to the U.S.National Institutes of Health,
Health Benefits Of Betel Nut :
1. Dry Mouth Relief :- According to intelihealth people who chew betel nut tend to produce large amounts of saliva.This can help people with dry mouth caused by health conditions such as diabetes.
2. Stroke Recovery :- According to InteliHealth betel nut extract may be beneficial for stroke recovery.Improvements have been noted in speech bladder control and muscle strength in patients taking betel nut extract,although InteliHealth explains that studies so far have been small and flawed.
3. Schizophrenia :- Research indicates improvements in symptoms for schizophrenia patients who take betel nut,according to the NIH.Standard schizophrenia medications produce unpleasant side effects,fueling further efforts to discover new treatments,but NIH notes that betel nut also produced side effects of tremors and stiffness in the schizophrenia research.
4. Cavity Prevention :- Betel nut have anti-bacterial effects and it previously was included as a toothpaste ingredient for preventing cavities,because of its toxic effects.However,betel nut is likely less useful than other therapeutic agents for dental purposes.
Betel Nut Its Side Effects :
Although betel nut has some health benefits there may some side effects also.According to the U.S.National Institutes of Health,betel nut use can worsen high or low blood pressure and irregular heart rate,as well as asthma.Chronic use may increase the risk of certain cancers.The NIH notes that toxic effects of betel nut may outweigh any possible benefits.