Palm wine is an alcoholic beverage created from the sap of various species of palm tree such as the palmyra, date palms, and coconut palms.
It is known by various names in different regions and is common in various parts of Asia, Africa the Caribbean and South America.
Below are some of the benefits of palm wine;
1. Palm wine improves eyesight
Palm wine helps in maintaining good eye health. This is because it contains the antioxidant Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) which is also found in other fruits and vegetables. Vitamin B1 (thiamine) also helps in improving our vision.
This is why some school of thought argue that our grandparents in the village have better eyesight than us because palm wine is their beverage.
2. Palm wine helps in maintaining a healthy hair, skin and nails
The Iron and vitamin B complex found in palm wine are needed for a healthy skin, hair and nail.
Iron is very essential for the development, growth and functioning of some cells in our body.
This property of palm wine makes it helpful in promoting wound healing by repairing our tissues and promoting the growth of healthy cells.
3. Reduced risk of cardiovascular diseases
Research has showed that drinking moderate amounts of palm wine has been associated with a reduced risk of developing cardiovascular diseases such as heart failure.
This study was conducted by Lingberg and Ezra in 2008. Palm wine contains potassium which has been proven by research to improve heart healthand bring down hypertension.
However drinking it in excess has adverse effects like destroying the liver.
4. Palm wine promotes lactation
Palm wine is being used by many natural healers in Cameroon, Nigeria, Ghana and other parts ofAfrica to help a lactating mother when she has limited breast milk production.
Research is needed to investigate the property ofpalm wine that makes it stimulate the production of breast milk.
5. Palm wine can help fight against cancer
Palm wine contains vitamin B2, also known as riboflavin. Riboflavin is an antioxidant which helps in the fight against some cancer causing agents called free radicals.
Do not drink fermented palm wine in excess. Fermented palm wine in excess is detrimental to our health.
Fermented palm wine is locally referred to as “strong white mimbo” Fermented palm wine contains a high percentage of alcohol, which is probably higher than that found in some of the alcoholic beverages we drink.
This fermented palm wine destroys our kidney, liver and other systems in our body.
Drinking alcohol in excess is a risk factor for hypertension.
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