Palm wine is a ready brew of nature. It is usually consumed in homes and at social events. The use of palm wine in traditional ceremonies is popular in many cultures. It is poured during libations as an offering to a deity or god, traditionalists spill it on the ground as a mark of respect to their dead ancestors. It plays a significant role in many traditional events in Africa. For example, it is served as a special drink to guests during celebrations like naming and weddings ceremonies
Here are some health benefits of palm wine.
1. It improves eyesight
Optometrists confirm that yeast is good for the eyes. Some school of thought argued that our grandparents in the village have better eyesight than us because palm wine is their beverage.
2. Reduced risk of cardiovascular diseases
Research has shown 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 Lindberg and Ezra in 2008. Palm wine contains potassium which has been proven by research to improve heart health and reduce hypertension.
3. It can help fight cancer
Palm wine contains vitamin B2, also known as riboflavin. Riboflavin helps in the fight against free radicals.
Palm wine helps in maintaining 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 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 cell.
4. It promotes lactation
When nursing mothers include coconut oil in their diet, it induces breast milk production. But it has also been said that palm wine is used by many natural healers in Cameroon, Nigeria, Ghana and other parts of Africa to help lactating mothers when they have limited breast milk production.
5. It boosts sperm production
In West African tradition, palm wine is credited for increasing sperm count in men.
It helps in swallowing herbal powders: African traditional healers often infuse palm wine with medicinal herbs to produce a wide variety of remedies.
6. Malaria treatment
Palm wine can be combined with other local herbs for consumption during malaria attack.
Nutritionally it is a power-house: Palm wine is nutritionally important because it is an excellent source of probiotics, nicotinic acid, thiamin, vitamin C, protein and riboflavin. It contains sugar, protein, carbohydrate, amino acid, Vitamin C, yeast, potassium zinc, magnesium, iron, vitamins B3 and B
7. Treatment of stomach problems
In folk medicines, palm wine is mixed with other herbs and used for treating stomach disorders.