What is coconut water?
Coconut water is the clear liquid inside young green coconuts. In early development, it serves as a suspension for the endosperm of the coconut during the nuclear phase of development. As growth continues, the endosperm matures into its cellular phase and deposits into the rind of the coconut meat. – Coconut Water, Wikipedia
Naturally refreshing, coconut water has a sweet, nutty taste. It contains easily digested carbohydrate in the form of sugar and electrolytes. Not to be confused with high-fat coconut milk or oil, coconut water is a clear liquid in the fruit’s center that is tapped from young, green coconuts. –The truth about coconut water, Web MD
For centuries many cultures have known about the amazing health benefits of coconuts, especially young green coconuts. Each coconut is said to contain approximately 1 to 4 cups of coconut water. To reap the maximum health benefits drink coconut water daily or add it to your morning smoothie!
Coconuts are packed with:
- Amino acids
- B-complex vitamins
- Vitamin C
Top 10 Health Benefits of Coconut Water
1. Re-hydrate the body and aids in digestion
The ingredients in coconut water are very effective at hydrating the human body. During rigorous exercise or extended periods of physical activity, the human body loses mineral-rich fluids. However, coconut water serves as an excellent replacement of potassium and natural sugars, unlike your favorite sports drink that only contains half of the potassium content and five times the amount of processed sugar.
2. Lowers Blood Pressure & cholesterol
In many instances, a disproportionate level of electrolytes can result in high blood pressure. Because coconut water contains an adequate supply of each, it can be used as a balancing mechanism. In some instances, it is recommended that coconut water be consumed at the start of each day to foster the balance of these electrolytes.
3. Cools the body down (Excellent for those hot summer days)
4. Full of electrolytes – which may we add, relieves hangovers!
Drink coconut water to settle your stomach. It will also replace those essential electrolytes that exit the body if you experience bouts of frequent urination and vomiting.
5. Aids in weight loss & reduces food cravings
The fat content in coconut water is extremely low, so generous quantities can be consumed without the fear of immediately packing on the pounds. It also suppresses the appetite and makes you feel full because of its rich nature.
6. Relieves headaches
Most headaches are caused by dehydration, there for coconut water is the perfect remedy!
Rich source of cytokinins. Cytokinins are plant growth hormones, which regulate the growth and development of plants. The interesting part is that cytokinins have an anti-aging effect on human cells and tissues.
8. Boosts metabolism and the immune system
Coconut water is an antibacterial, it contains monolaurin, an antiviral, antibacterial and antiprozoal monoglyceride that is used to kill lipid-coated viruses such as HIV, Herpes, the flu and various pathogenic bacteria, keeping the immune system strong and healthy.
9. Anti-Cancer effects
Balances PH levels which reduces the risk of cancer.
10. Reduces heart disease and kidney stones
Young coconut water helps dissolve kidney stones by diluting your urine so that the various chemicals in your kidneys such as calcium, phosphates, uric acid, etc. are relatively easy to flush out of your system. This is because it is a natural diuretic and it increases the urine flow.