Taken Nigeria by storm in recent years is Alomo Bitters and now the drink is ready to conquer the rest of the world. One of the most common ingredients in making this bitter drink is cascarilla among others.
Alomo Bitters have been around for a long time and is said to have a lot of health benefits. It is said to stimulate appetite especially in those convalescing or persons with reduced appetite. It also has detoxification and cleansing properties as said by many of those who take the drink.
ORIGIN of Alomo Bitters
Despite its popularity here, Alomo Bitters is not originally Nigerian. The drink is bottled and blended by the Kasapreko Company in Ghana. Nonetheless, Alomo Bitters is so widely consumed in Nigeria that the Nigerian market makes up over 50% of the entire market for Alomo Bitters in West Africa.
SECRET RECIPE OF ALOMO BITTERS
The drink is said to be made from various plant extracts but the exact ingredients are a closely guarded secret. The manufacturer has openly claimed that the drink has anti-malarial qualities but hasn’t gone so far as to confirm the various health benefits which its drinkers attribute to it. These claims range from aphrodisiac qualities to the easing of menstrual pains and cramps in women.
Having claims from the manufacturer that the drink has been tested by the Center for Scientific Research into Plant Medicine in Ghana, however, many are skeptical and concerned about the potential side effects that the drink might have. For the time being, it can be legally sold in Nigeria as an anti-malarial product. However, it remains to be seen how regulatory agencies overseas choose to deal with the drink as it expands outside of the Nigerian market.