Is It Good To Drink Palm Wine? Do you know that most people still fail to understand that palm wine contains rich nutrients which provide the body with lots of amazing benefits? Yes, palm wine might be known as a local alcoholic drink which has a sweet taste when freshly tapped and is enjoyed by as many that loved it either when sweet or sour, thus refreshing them all the time but it is really more than that!

What Is Palm Wine?

Palm-wine is an alcoholic beverage drink tapped from the sap of various species of palm trees like coconut palms, date palms, Palmyra. It is also known as Toddy-palm. Palm-wine undergoes fermentation to produce desirable alcohol due to the presence of yeast which occurs naturally and ferments it to give it a sour taste. Palm wine is a very popular drink and it is consumed by millions of people in Africa, Asia, South America, Caribbean, Micronesia and  the Middle East.
Palm wine has variety of regional names. It is known as
“nkwu, ogogoro” in Nigeria, “matango, tumbu liquor or white stuff” in Cameroon, “nsafufuo” in Ghana; “Manjenvo” in Cabinda, Angola “Taadi” in North India etc.

Are There Different Types Of Palm Wine?

Oh yes! There are different types of palm wine. Most people may not know that palm wine comes in various taste and flavors, especially as a result of geographical areas which can be attributed to many factors like soil type, climate condition, and others. Majorly, the African palm wine is tapped from the oil palm tree and Raffia palm by native palm wine tappers but in various African countries and other areas where it is found, there could be other different types of palm trees that palm wine is tapped from.

What Are The Nutritional Values Of Palm Wine?

It may not be surprising to say that palm wine contains sugar, bacteria and yeast (which causes fermentation), but it is surprising when nutrients like protein, carbohydrates, vitamin C, Amino acids, potassium, magnesium, zinc, iron, vitamin B’s are mentioned but it surely contains them all and even more yet to be proven.
When freshly tapped, the alcohol content is below 5%, which is ideal for all conventional wines (with alcohol content below 15%) (FAO, 2012). However, if not promptly and properly preserved, its alcoholic content continues to rise due to the presence of yeast in it.

Is Palm Wine Good For The Body?

Palm wine is indeed good for our health. Its health benefits cannot be overemphasized. Here are some surprisingly health benefits of palm wine you may not know.

It Is Use To Treat Skin Rashes

In most places, palm wine can be use externally in the treatment of skin conditions such as rashes, ezcema etc., especially in little children. It is done by rubbing the affected areas with unadulterated palm wine, its content of vitamins will help soothe the skin and relieve such skin issues.

Improves Hair And Skin

Palm wine does more than is expected of it, it contains nutrients which helps in nourishing the skin, the hair and even the nails (fingers and toes alike), such as the vitamins, zinc, magnesium and others which plays a very important role in the improvement. It also helps in the promoting of new body cells by removing the dead cells in the body and replacing it, thereby giving the skin a soft, smooth and better appearance.

It Promotes Lactation

This is one of the functions of palm wine in the body which is being used by many natural healers in Nigeria, Ghana, Cameroon and other parts of Africa. Although it is widely believed that drinking palm wine helps increase breast milk in lactating mothers, scientifically it hasn’t been proven but that doesn’t make the saying all wrong as most of the diseases and cure for the treatment of various health conditions are from naturally occurring plants and vegetation which the forefathers have practically been using. Palm wine has long served as the main beverage for lactating mothers in many African countries but it should be taken in moderation.

Improves Heart Health

Its potassium content makes it a good source of drink to help combat various related cardiovascular diseases. Potassium is good for the body and helps it function better. The expected level in the body is between 3.5 and 5 mmol/L. It helps the nerves and muscles to function well and as such helps in normalizing the rate at which the heart beats and well helps in reducing or lowering the blood pressure. Palm wine should be taken in moderation to provide the heart and the entire body with the potassium it needs as either too much ( hyperkalemia ) or low ( hypokalemia.) Content of potassium in the body can cause irregular heartbeats which can lead to serious and deadly health problems.

It Builds The Body

Protein is an essential nutrient which the body cannot do without and palm wine contains lots of amino acids whose main function is to act as the building block of the macro-nutrient – Protein . Thus, it helps in building and improving the body cells and as well help to store nutrients in the body which is vital for the functions of the body’s organ. It also plays a major role in the repairing of the body’s tissues, structures of the bones and muscles.

Do You Know That Palm Wine Can Be Processed As A Beverage?

The benefits of palm wine include several aspects. Palm wine can also be processed as beverages below.

Fresh Drink

The first benefit of palm wine is fresh drink. Palm wine can be drunk to relieve your thirst, especially when the summer comes. To make the palm wine is fresher, you can add some ices into palm wine before drinking.

Tuak

Palm wine has the sweet taste so it can be made as tuak. Tuak is a fermented palm wine which contains high alcohol substance. As known, high alcohol in a beverage may can make one drunk if it is consumed excessively.
Note: In as much as palm wine is vital for our health and is being recommended by many because of its nutritional benefits, it should not be taken in excess especially when it has undergone fermentation. As it can result in hypertension, neurological problems and can as well lead to failure of the body’s vital organs such as the liver and kidney. Alcohol content in fermented palm wine is 2 or 3 times more than that in other alcoholic drinks which gives the liver work overload while trying to detoxify the system.
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