Coconut wine or Tuba is a sweet, fresh or mildly fermented sap taken from tapping the young expanded flowers of the coconut. It is popularly known locally as “Jungle wine,” it is also called coconut toddy.
Coconut wine or Tuba is the most popular and most pride native wine in Bohol, Leyte and Samar. In every celebration Bol-anon, Leytenos, Cebuanos and Samarnons can’t be celebrating without tuba. This organic wine is most affordable for everyone who wish to buy a drink. Once it gets into your veins, it would warmly awaken your timid blood, but surprisingly is much better than any alcoholic beverages for you won’t wake up with a heavy head or hang over.
Tuba is naturally made from the sap of a young coconut bud. Like the coconut which is named as “The Tree of Life,” the tuba also has some medicinal uses or health benefits.
Tuba or most commonly known as “Bahalina” in Leyte is referred to as a poor man’s drink because of its inexpensive distillation process and is a more accessible alcoholic drink that the local people enjoy. This doesn’t mean that the “Bahalina” is a poor quality alcoholic drink. It is an organic alcoholic drink that has no chemicals added, just Barok, a mangrove bark which is known for its medicinal properties and coconut sap that also has high medicinal properties.
Drinking tuba is surprisingly good for the health. Just make sure to drink it moderately.
Here are some known health benefits of tuba or coconut wine!
1, Promotes Longevity. Coconut wine drinkers are observed to have a 34 percent lower mortality rate than beer drinkers.
2, Reduces Heart Attack Risk. Moderate coconut wine drinkers who suffer high blood pressure are 30 percent less likely to experience heart attacks than non-tuba-drinkers.
3, Lowers Risk of Heart Disease. Red wine tannins contain procyanidins, compounds commonly found in red wines which are good for the blood vessels and protect against heart disease.
4, Reduces Risk of Type 2 Diabetes. Compared to nondrinkers, moderate coconut wine drinkers are 30 percent less likely to develop type 2 diabetes. Lowers risk of stroke. People who consume moderate amount of alcohol are likely to experience of about 50 percent possibility drop from suffering a blood-clot related stroke.
5, Cuts Risk of Cataracts. Moderate coconut wine drinkers are less likely to get cataracts than nondrinkers while those who consume wine are 43 percent less likely to develop cataracts than those mainly drinking beer.
6, Cuts Risk of Colon Cancer. Moderate wine consumption cuts the risk of colon cancer by 45 percent.
7, Slows Brain Decline. Brain functions dramatically decline on nondrinkers than on moderate wine drinkers.