The Health Benefits of Coconut: Is the Coconut Another celebrity Health Fad, or Nutritional Super Food?

Celebrities like Rihanna are not only seen drinking Coconut Water, they are also investing money into companies such as Vita Coco coconut water
Celebrities like Rihanna are not only seen drinking Coconut Water, they are also investing money into companies such as Vita Coco coconut water | Source
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Harry Belafonte has been singing the virtues of coconut since 1957

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Nutritional benefits of Coconuts

Celebrity culture is a fickle, and fleeting thing. However; occasionally, we see the emergence of a trend that captures the imagination and leaves us asking why didn't we know this before? The much-maligned coconut is a case in point. Coconut milk, oil, and water have never been more sought after.

There is a growing number of supporters, including celebrities and scientists advocating the massive health benefits of the humble coconut. Celebrities across the globe are hailing the coconut as the ultimate superfruit, although comprehensive studies into the health benefits of the coconut remain sparse.

Some studies show that Coconut contains properties that can prevent or cure a variety of conditions ranging from heart disease and Alzheimer's to head lice and obesity. Coconut water is said to be the healthy natural alternative to sports drinks, containing natural sugars, electrolytes, and, even more, potassium than the super banana.

A long list of celebs including Rihanna has been photographed drinking coconut water publicly. However; what is more telling about this trend, is that many celebrities are putting their money where their mouth is, so to speak. Rihanna, Madona, Demi Moore, Mathew McConaughey and the Chilli Pepper's frontman, Anthony Kiedis, are all reported to have invested money in this product. So what is so special about coconuts?

Nuts about Coconuts

First of all, the Coconut is a fruit and not a true nut; it is classified as a fibrous one-seeded drupe. A drupe is a fruit consisting of an outer skin and a hard stony covering enclosing a seed; it is similar to a peach or olive. Drupes, including the coconut composed of three layers:

Exocarp or outer layer, which is smooth and greenish in young coconuts

Mesocarp or fleshy middle layer

Endocarp or the hard woody layer surrounding the seed.

When we buy coconuts from the supermarkets, what we often get is the endocarp with exocarp and mesocarp removed. However; when we travel to the tropics on vacation we often get the full monty, umbrella, optional, as we sip our coconut water in paradise. (if you're in the US...that's Miami and Hawaii to you). Young coconut fruits are often sold whole, with soft jelly-like inner flesh or endosperm and the delicious electrolyte filled water.

The botanical name for the Coconut Palm is Cocos Nucifera, meaning “nut-bearing,” a member of the family Arecaceae (palm family). It is a large palm capable of growing up to 30m (98ft) tall with pinnate leaves 4-6 m (13-20 ft) long. Coconut is classified into two general types, tall and dwarf. A coconut plant can yield 30 to 75 fruits per year. The term coconut can refer to the whole coconut palm, the seed or the fruit.

The word coco refers to the human head or skull and has its origins in the 16th century Portuguese and Spanish explorers who thought that the three indentations or eyes on the shell of the coconut looked like facial features; it is also referred to as “Monkey Face.”


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Nutritional Value per 100 g (3.5 oz) of Coconut Water

Coconut Water Nutrition: Vitamin and Mineral
Values
Energy
79 K J (19 kcal)
Sugars
2.61 g
Dietary fibre
1.1 g
Fat
0.2 g
Protein
0.72 g
Water
94.99 g
Thiamine (vit.B1)
0.03 mg (3%)
Riboflavin (vit. B2
0.057 mg (5%)
Niacin (vit. B3)
0.08 mg (1%)
Pantothenic acid (B5)
0.043 mg (1%)
Vitamin B6
0.032 mg (2%)
Folate (vit. B9)
3 ug (1%)
Carbohydrates
3.71 g
Calcium
24 mg (2%)
Iron
0.29 mg (2%)
Magnesium
25 mg (7%)
Phosphate
20 mg (3%)
Potassium
250 mg (5%)
Zinc
0.1 mg (1%)
Carbohydrates
3.71 g

Coconut water health benefits

Coconut Water For Better Health

Coconut water is said to embody the very essence of nature, it is biologically pure, with natural salts, sugars and vitamins. Coconut water is ideally suited to aid combat fatigue and lack of energy. There are many claims that drinking pure coconut water can be beneficial in helping to shed unwanted pounds by:

  • Increasing metabolic rate and maintaining body temperature and hydration

  • Has a gentle diuretic effect that can contribute to ridding the body of waste

  • High in electrolytes and low in calories, packed with simple sugars and mineral

  • Coconut water contains many naturally occurring bioactive enzymes such as acid phosphatase, catalase, dehydrogenase, diastase, peroxidase and more. These enzymes help in the digestion and metabolism of the food we eat.

  • Despite its light consistency, the composition of minerals like calcium, iron, manganese, magnesium and zinc in coconut water is far better than in fruits like oranges.

  • Coconut water is an excellent source of B-complex vitamins like riboflavin, niacin, thiamin, pyridoxine, and folates. These are essential vitamins that require replenishing.


Many families of Alzheimer's Patients believe that coconut oil has helped to relieve symptoms

Coconut Oil Benefits

Coconut oil is high in saturated fat, and for this reason, many of us have avoided using it. We are aware that saturated fats, as a rule, are bad for our health, bu not all fats are equal.

The good news is that pure coconut oil contains an unusual medium-chain fatty acid (MCFA). Contrary to previously belief, studies have shown that coconut oil is different from other saturated fats and can help to prevent heart problems, high cholesterol and hypertension. MCFA in coconut oil can contribute to preventing atherosclerosis and reduce damage to the arteries.

To fully appreciate the health benefits of pure coconut oil, it is important to understand something about the different types of fats we consume. Omega 3 foods are said to be the world healthiest foods, Some excellent sources of these essential fatty acids are oily fish like salmon, sardines and mackerels, also walnuts, flax seeds, soybeans, etc., Omega 3 belongs to a wider group of fats known as polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs).

What is unique about PUFAs like omega 3, is their chemical structure, PUFAs contain a "double carbon bonds" these are special connections that make them more flexible and interactive as fatty acids. PUFAs including omega 3s, contain at lease two double bonds, the position of the double bonds in omega 3 is unique. The simplest form of omega 3 is alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) a vitamin that is essential to our diet because the body cannot make it from scratch. Fortunately, many plants and animal foods contain ALA.

Fats are classified in two ways; the first is based on saturation, divided into saturated fats, monounsaturated fats, trans fats and polyunsaturated fats. These names describe the chemical structure of the different fats, most foods contain a mixture of all four. Saturated and trans fats are usually the ones we avoid. The second way in which fats are classified is based on molecular size, or by the length of the carbon chain of each fatty acid.

Fatty acids contain long chains of carbon atoms attached to hydrogen atoms to form short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs), medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs), and long-chain fatty acids (LCFAs). Pure coconut oil is made up of mostly medium-chain fatty acid (MCFAs). The majority of fats in our diet, around 98 to 100%, comes from the long-chain fatty acids (LCFAs).

But why is coconut oil important? MCFAs are fats that are beneficial to our health. Virgin coconut oil is one of the best sources of medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs). The MCFA in coconut oil rarely occurs in nature, and is highly beneficial to good health. The best source of MCFAs is coconut oil and palm kernel oil. MCFA is also an important component of breast milk.

The milk mothers feed their babies are principally lauric acid, the primary fat found in coconut oil. Milk rich in MCFAs is vital for healthy growth and development. One of the uses of coconut oil is the extraction of lauric acid which is often added to baby's formulas. MCFAs are easily digestible, it is broken down and used for energy by the body and are seldom stored as body fat or fatty deposits in the arteries.

Studies performed on dogs, show that the MCFAs in coconut oil supports healthy thyroid function, important in healthy weight management.

MCFAs, unlike long chain fatty acids (LCFAs), are easily utilized by the liver. Although more research is clearly needed to validate many of the health benefits attributed to coconut oil, the few published studies show that coconut is important in out diet for maintaining good health.

If only half of the health benefits credited to the coconut are justified, this humble fruit is still worth considering as part of a healthy well balanced diet. However, until the vertues of coconut and coconut products are confirmed by large scale research studies, the sensible strategy should be one based on moderation. Before making the decision about whether or not, to go nuts about coconut, first, take a look at the following link, and compare the countries with the highest incidence of heart disease with countries that produce and consume the most coconuts.

Interesting Facts about the Coconut

  • In Sanskrit, a standardized dialect of Old-Indo-Aryan, coconut palm is known as a Kalpavriksha, meaning “ tree which gives all that is necessary for living. The coconut is referred to as the tree of life because all of the plant can be used to amply provide for human needs. The palm provides a refreshing drink, fibre, food, fuel, utensils, timber material for house building and boat making, for ropes, brushes, mats and fishing nets. The palms can provide a roof to keep the rain away, coconut sap is made into a potent fermented toddy, a drink popular in the Philippines.

  • There are marketing claims that Coconut water was substituted for intra-venous solution during World War ll and in Vietnam when sterile IV solution was in short supply. However; according to an article in Wikipedia, there is a single documented case where coconut water was used for IV hydration when medical saline was unavailable. This is not generally recommended by most physicians today, although it was common practice during the Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia from 1975 to 1979 and is on the list of medical practices for which the Pol Pot regime should be prosecuted for crimes against humanity

  • The Coconut growing regions are found as far north as Hawaii and as far south as Madagascar.

  • Coconut palm takes up to one year to mature

  • The tree blooms up to 13 times in a year

  • Yields a continuous harvest year round

  • Originally, only 60 species of Cocos palm were identified, currently, although the plant is a monotypic with a single species, nucifera, there are greater than 80 varieties of coconut palms.

  • The coconut is the largest seed known

  • Sir Francis Drake called the coconut “nargils” or Indian coconuts a common term used until the word coconut was established in the 1700's


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The familiar swaying palms of the coconut are evident throughout the tropics, but the true origin of this remarkable plant has been hotly debated and much disputed. Coconut fossil has been found in various countries, as far apart as India and New Zealand. However; the consensus is that the Coconut Palm came from the southwest Pacific and reached Africa later. The plant subsequently spread to most of the tropics and subtropics through the activities of humans and the ocean currents. Historians speculated that Malaysian sailors first introduced the coconut to Madagascar in the first century A.D., from there, the coconut plant could have reached the coast of mainland East Africa.

Coconut palms has been featured in Indian writings as far back as the 4th century BC. One of the earliest mentions of coconut dates back to Sinbad the sailor, in “One thousand and one nights.” Sinbad is known to have bought and sold the fruits during his 5th voyage. There is also reference made in the writings of Marco Polo in 1280 while he was in Sumatra.

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Carried by the ocean's current, Coconut plant grows in sandy soil along tropical coastal areas
Carried by the ocean's current, Coconut plant grows in sandy soil along tropical coastal areas | Source

Health Benefits of Coconut

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Health Benefits of Coconut
Research
Antiviral
Kills viruses that causes influenza, herpes, measles, hepatitis, SARS, AIDS
Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Medicine
Antibacterial
Kills bacteria which causes ulcers, throat infection, urinary tract infections, gum disease, pneumonia and other diseases
Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Medicine
Antifungal
Kills fungi and yeasts that cause candidiasis, ringworm, arthlete's foot, thrush, diaper rash, and other infections.
Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical medicine
Boosts Energy
Enhances endurance and physical performance, provide electrolytes and hydration.
 
Improve Digestion
Improve digestion and absorption of nutrients like vitamins, minerals and amino acids,
 
Maintain Blood sugar levels
Improve insulin secretion and the utilization of blood glucose
 
Improve Malabsorption Problems
Improve calcium and magnesium absorption, helps to relieve problems associated with malabsorption syndrome, cystic fibrosis, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis and stomach ulcers.
 
Heart healthy
Improve cholesterol ratio to reduce risk of heart disease. Protect arteries from injuries that causes atherosclerosis and heart disease.
 
Help to prevent obesity and weight problems
Increases metabolism, lower in calories than other fats.
 
Ease Symptoms of Alzheimer's
May help to boosts brain energy supply, by making more medium chain fatty acids used to make more ketones (brain food).
 
While there are many claims made on the benefits of coconut oil, including it's positive action on cardiovascular health, more research is needed, coconut oil contain high levels of lauric acid, a saturated fat known to raise blood cholesterol levels

Coconut, a good source of fibre in the 1890s

Coconut have been winning awards way.. way back, as seen here with this product from the Pacific CocoaNut Co.
Coconut have been winning awards way.. way back, as seen here with this product from the Pacific CocoaNut Co. | Source
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Coconut milk is made from the white fleshy part of the coconut, coconut oil is extracted from the milk
Coconut milk is made from the white fleshy part of the coconut, coconut oil is extracted from the milk | Source

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tobusiness 19 months ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Robin, please, visit as often as you like, always a pleasure. I'm also discovering your incredible work and beautiful mind. Have a wonderful day.


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RobinGrosswirth23 19 months ago from New York

Cannot get enough of your info. I live a healthy lifestyle, but you are teaching me so much more. I appear to be binge reading from your articles. I will return!


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tobusiness 21 months ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Hi Maria, appreciate the visit and the heads-up. Just what I've always wanted, to win a coconuts. :)

Sounds like fun, I'll take a look.


Maria 21 months ago

Catching up on some blog reading and I see Erik Vossman has laenuhcd his own blog network. He's doing it with a fun promotion: Link To A Coconut Contest. Winning is easy. Blogtown Press currently has 12 blogs that are participating in the Link to a Coconut Contest. All of these blogs are active and have anywhere from 20 posts to a few hundred posts. All you have to do is link to a post on anyone of those blogs and if you link to the correct post you win a coconut. We currently have 3 coconuts to give away so that means we will randomly choose 3 posts within the network that will be the “winner” posts.


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tobusiness 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Trishan, There was a study published in the medical journal Tropical and Geographical Medicine which found that the world's number one cause of death 'coronary heart disease' is virtually unknown in countries like Sri Lanka where coconut is widely used. So yes, you're quite right, living in a tropical country does have its benefits. Thank you for taking the time to read and comment, much appreciated. Keep eating those lovely coconuts and my best to you.


Trishan 2 years ago

Living in a country with 7,107 islands coconuts are commonly sold in most markets and Church street corners here. It is so common that coconut oil, cream and flesh are inculcated in flavorful creamy rice cakes, fruit ice creams, cooking oils, healing oils, some shampoo conditioners and most lotions. Back when I was a kid, a coconut was sold for less than 1/4 of a USA dollar. Since 3 centuries ago, various coastal communities turn to the coconut for some medical treatments. Scalp, skin fungal infections, tummy gas, dry skin and hair, and UTIs are even topically treated with either coconut oils or coconut juice. Even now as an adult, whenever some painful UTI symptoms would show up, I would just drink freshly extracted coconut shake then my UTI pain and difficulty in urinating... Would be gone in two days! --- glad to be in a tropical country


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tobusiness 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Hi Mary, Yes, coconut palms swaying in the warm breeze shouts sunshine, sea and fun, they're beautiful to look at, but the plant is so much more. I also remember my parents drilling a hole through the eyes and giving us the water to drink. The milk is made from the flesh which is grated and squeezed, it looks exactly like milk and mostly used for cooking. Happy cooking, I'm sure you'll be able to find coconuts in the shops. Thank you so much for reading and commenting, much appreciated, take care and my best to you.


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tobusiness 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Hi ARUN KANTI, lovely to see you! I totally agree with you, the coconut water is delicious and refreshing. I love the jelly from the young fruits as well as the matured coconuts, it's good to know that something we enjoy is also good for our health, but all things in moderation. :) Thank you for stopping by and for the wonderful comment, sorry it took so long, but I was away on my holidays and only recently got back. Take care and my best to you.


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tobusiness 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Jamie, you have a very sensible family, but I already knew that. :) The coconut is a wonderful all round product, it has been sustaining people in the third world for generations, I'm glad it's now widely recognized for more than just an odd fruit or a pretty palm. Thank you for taking a look at this and for the great comment. Sorry I took such a long time to respond, but I was away for a while, we only got back last night. I'm pretty exhausted from the hill climbing but otherwise well, thank you for inquiring. My best to you all, I'll be stopping by soon.


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tobusiness 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Rebecca, apologies for the late response to your comment, I had been away on a walking holiday and couldn't get a signal, then the charger on my ipad broke. Although we had a great time, it was pretty strange not being able to log on for so long.

Yes, the humble coconut is proving to be very special indeed, I now use it as often as I can, the coconut water sports drink is ideal for cooling down during this hot spell we're enjoying.

Good luck with the shopping, I'm sure you'll be able to find some. Thanks for stopping by, much appreciated. Take care and my best to you.


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida

We grow coconuts where I live in Florida, although they are grown more for their beauty as a tree. I grew up on coconut water (we called it milk). My mother would stick an ice pick into the eyes and pour it out for me. She used a lot of fresh coconut in her cooking, too.

I will start looking for the products in our local super markets.

Very well researched and informative Hub. Voted UP, and shared.


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ARUN KANTI 2 years ago from KOLKATA

Thank you very much for your well researched and very informative write up on coconut which we have been using since childhood. The water inside the fruit is delicious.So also the kernel which we eat raw or as foodstuff.


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jhamann 2 years ago from Reno NV

My family uses coconut oil for many various things. My wife uses it daily as a moisturizer. We use it to break up the knots constantly forming in my daughters hair, without any greasy residue really. We uses it for all types of skin conditions, allergic reactions, rashes with success every time. My healthy pancakes are better with coconut oil! The beautiful thing is that we can use this product, it works, and it is only one pure ingredient. Thank you for your hub, very helpful, and useful. Been thinking about you lately and hope that all is well. Jamie


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rebeccamealey 2 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

You sold me! I have been seeing bits here and there about coconut products. You explain it so well! I am going to get some coconut oil and coconut water. I hope I find it. Sharing this!


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tobusiness 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Hi Starstream, it's good to hear that by taking coconut regularly it has helped to relieve your migraine symptoms. The research is still sparse, so it's good to hear from the people who are actually seeing real benefits from using coconuts.

Thank you for the visit and insightful comment, much appreciated. Take care and my best to you.


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tobusiness 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Hi Cyndi10, that certainly brought back some lovely memories! the coconut is an integral part of most Caribbean diet, as children, we ate it drank it and spread it on the skin. :) Thank you for the visit and terrific comment, take care and my best to you.


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starstream 2 years ago from Northern California

I have been taking 2 T. of organic coconut cream in my coffee now for 4 months. My migrains are non existent now! In addition to this I have started to use the organic coconut oil on my skin for all of these wonderful health benefits listed here.


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Cyndi10 2 years ago from Georgia

Hello Jo, This was excellent information about the coconut. I'm just so happy it has moved from the "bad for you" category to the "good for you category." We used to have lots of fresh coconut in the house when I was a child since my mom liked to make coconut cakes. We would all drink the water when it was drained from the coconut. Mom used an ice pick to drill holes in the eyes and then poured it into glasses. Wasn't a lot but it was so good. The oil is great on hair and skin as well. I have friends who only use coconut oil.

Thanks for the information.


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tobusiness 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Hi Rebecca, always a pleasure! So glad you've enjoyed the article, the coconut is certainly undergoing a resurgence. The high potassium in the water makes it an ideal sports drink, but every bit of the plant is useful. Hope you're having a lovely day, thanks for the visit, votes and share, my best to you.


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tobusiness 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Hi Colleen, so nice to see you! Thanks for taking a look at this and for the lovely comment. The coconut is quite an interesting fruit, we've taken it for granted over the years but it's finding it's way back into our shopping trolleys. Appreciate you taking the time, my best to you.


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Colleen Swan 2 years ago from County Durham

Thank you for an informative and in depth article. I have neglected the Coconut for some while, but am going to add it to shopping list this week.


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rebeccamealey 2 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

Interesting! I have been noticing stuff in magazines promoting coconut and its health benefits. Love all your charts and graphs. All votes up and shared!


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tobusiness 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Hi Tolovaj, the coconut is really the perfect fruit, and yes, it was actually used as IV hydration fluid by the Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia, also in WWll and in Vietnam.

I believe I included that little gem somewhere in this article, although I must say, although this shows how versatile the coconut really is, I don't recommend using it for IV transfusion. :)

Thank you for checking this out, much appreciated. Take care and my best to you.


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Tolovaj 2 years ago

Wov! I knew a lot about coconuts from before, but you managed to teach me a lot of new things. Maybe something new from me, if I remember correctly, I heard coconut water is so pure, it could be used in transfusions. Anyway, it is great fruit and it certainly a great read!


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tobusiness 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Hi Oliversmum, Thank you for stopping by and for the kind comment. Yes indeed the coconut is pretty special, although it has been ignored for a long time, scientist are waking up to the huge benefits of coconuts from the water to the oil. Please return as often as you like, always a pleasure. :) Have a lovely day and my best to you.


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oliversmum 2 years ago from australia

tobusiness Hi. What a wonderful hub, with a wealth of easy to follow information,it will take a couple of rereads to absorb it all. I had no idea of the benefits of coconuts. Thank you so much for sharing it with us.Thumbs up and very interesting. :) :)


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tobusiness 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Hi Poetryman, nice to see you. I totally agree with you, moderation and variety is indeed the spice of life. I love fruits, but I could not live on them. Thank you for the visit and comment, much appreciated. Take care and my best to you.


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poetryman6969 2 years ago

I love that old timey coconut cure! I think that moderation and getting a variety of foods is important. Jobs supposedly ate an all fruit diet and that did not seem to suit him.


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tobusiness 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Hello MsDora, lovely to see you! I'm sure the weather in St. Kitts is glorious, and the coconut water always taste so much better when the sun is shining. :)

I do miss picking fresh coconuts from the tree to enjoy the jelly as well as the water. Thank you for reading this, take care and my best to you.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean

Jo, this is an excellent article. I live in the Caribbean where coconuts grow all around us; and we drink the water just because it is refreshing. Thank you for all the nutritional information with all the health benefits.


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tobusiness 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Vellur, you'll get no arguments from me, I love the stuff, it's good to know that it loves me right back. :)

A pleasure to see you, take care and my best to you.


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Vellur 2 years ago from Dubai

Great hub about coconut, informative and useful. Coconut water is so refreshing and the pulp is so delicious.


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tobusiness 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Hi Christy, Yes...the coconut seem to be the thing at the moment, as far as the celebs are concerned. However; many ordinary people have been singing its praise for a very long time. It's good that we're getting back to nature, she does know best. :)

It's really good to see you! Take care and my best as usual.


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ChristyWrites 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

The celebrities certainly are turning to more and more products with coconuts, whether in their drinks or in their lotions/shampoos etc. It's good to learn more about the coconut and how it can help us.


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tobusiness 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Flourish, when it comes to celebrities, they're all a bit odd. I appreciate you taking the time to read this, I know what you mean about the cake, I could do justice to one of my grandma's coconut tarts right now. My best to you.


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FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

I have not tried this but have sure seen it around in the media and in the stores. Although I think Rihanna is a total flake, I like the facts that you provide here about the benefits coconut offers. You have made me hungry for homemade coconut cake, don't know why. Voted up and more!


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tobusiness 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

b.Malin, I do envy you! Year round sunshine and coconuts on tap, a blissful life indeed. I'm sure there's room in the market for another coconut product. ;)

It's a real pleasure to see you, thanks for taking the time to read this. I hope all is well, and my very best to you.


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b. Malin 2 years ago

Very Interesting Hub Tobusiness, who knew there was such Health Benefits to Coconuts. Now that I live in Florida where there are so many "Coconut Trees", I'm going to take advantage and pick my share! Hey I could even bottle my very own Coconut Water...Ha, ha!

Good Hub, voted UP, Useful and Informative too.


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tobusiness 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Ruby, good for you!! The Huffington post site did a comparison of the different brands of coconut water, they found Vita Coco to be the best brand. Most of us at that certain age are concerned about Alzheimer's Disease let's hope they find a cure soon. I hope you enjoy your coconut water and and milk. Take care now.


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

Back again, i found both water and milk at Walmart, the brand names are Vita Coco water, the milk is SO Delicious. I haven't tasted either yet, but i will today, Thank's again. I have a fear of Alzheimer Disease, having seen so many in my nursing career, plus a dear friend, a nurse, who was a nursing instructor and just fifty. She is still alive but does not recognize her husband. Cheers...


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tobusiness 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Jodah, you're a man after my own heart!! :) I love the ice cream also, there is so many ways to get the benefits of coconut. Thank you for taking the time, much appreciated and my best to you.


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tobusiness 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Hi Jackie, those little family rituals means so much, your dad sound like a wonderful man. I love the coconut water, I guess it's something from my childhood, but not everyone feel the same, I may even have a go at making my own coconut oil. :)

Always a pleasure to see you, take care and my best to you.


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tobusiness 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Hi Karen, very nice to see you! My grandmother used to make her own coconut oil when we were kids, she would always use it as hair oil, but although we love to eat the stuff, we hated the smell in our hair, I think we can now buy the coconut oil without the taste or smell. Thank you so much for stopping by, much appreciated and my best to you.


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tobusiness 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Good morning Joelle, lovely to see you! You're right about the medical community, they do need to get their act together, we need more research. They seem to be doing more studies in countries that grow a lot of coconuts like Asia and India, with the families of Alzheimer's patients getting positive results hopefully the Society will start looking into this. I love your idea of getting your coconut ration from Pina colada, Always Exploring's great also. Thank you for taking a look, much appreciated, take care and my best to you.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

Jo, then coconut sure does sound like a wonder fruit . I enjoy it in confectionery and in cooking, we also use coconut oil on the skin occasionally. My favorite use though is to make ice cream out of coconut milk instead of cow's milk...it is delightful. It has so many benefits we should all use it more often. Great, informative hub. Thanks for sharing.


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Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

I love coconut and I am sure there is truth to its goodness. My dad use to give it to me and my four younger brothers and there sure was not much water in that coconut but we all got a drink! Since then it is not as much fun but I will give it new thought because of your article and start usung it again. Thanks.


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kidscrafts 2 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

This is an interesting hub, Jo! My naturopathic doctor and another doctor told me that I should use coconut oil to cook, etc. and the doctor of my husband said absolutely not! The medical community still has to work on that one;-)

For the moment, I drink coconut milk.... and if the occasion present itself, I will not say no to a pina colada ;-)

I like the idea of AlwaysExploring to add the coconut oil to the oatmeal. That would be one way to add some for myself!

Thanks for sharing another great health hub, Jo!

Enjoy your day!


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tobusiness 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Hi Pamela, I actually planted many coconut palms around my property in the Grenadines, when we left the island four years later, the palms were loaded with fruits. Coconut water is probably what is known as an acquired taste, I enjoy drinking it chilled, but it doesn't last long enough to get to the fridge. :)

Thanks for taking a look, I appreciate the visit and comment. Take care and my best to you.


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Pamela99 2 years ago from United States

We have consumed coconut in several ways for a long time but I haven't tried the water. This is a very useful article as I did not know some of the benefits your listed. Excellent hub.


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tobusiness 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Devika, When we're surrounded by the stuff we tend to take it for granted, but it's never too late to get back into the habit. Thank you so much for taking a look at this, much appreciated and my best to you.


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tobusiness 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Bill, I just can't seem to catch you out!! Bev is doing a wonderful job of looking after you. ;) I used to love coconuts but somewhere along the line I seem to have lost touch, so it's time to get back to my roots, so to speak. As always, a real pleasure to see you.


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tobusiness 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Hi Ruby, always a pleasure to see you! I think I may have seen the same video. I really don't understand why there isn't more research into the health benefits of coconuts, families of patients with Alzheimer's are doing their own studies and making some encouraging findings. The best coconut water, if you have access to it, is from the fresh young fruits, but that not withstanding, the popular choice seem to be Vita Coco. Some people don't like the taste of coconut water because of the high electrolyte content, but the manufacturers are adding different fruit flavors to make it more palatable. Personally, I find the pure coconut water refreshingly tasty. :)

Thank you for taking the time to read and comment, it's much appreciated. Take care and my best to you.


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DDE 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Interesting about coconut oil and water etc. I used to drink coconut water and coconut oil has well both have always been used at home since my move to Croatia I have lost that touch. I have coconut oil and is definitely most beneficial. An informative and helpful hub.


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billybuc 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

Great information, Jo. We happen to eat these at our home and drink the milk...glad to hear we are doing something good for ourselves. :) Blessings always my friend.


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

I have been using coconut oil for about a year now. I put it in hot oatmeal. I saw a video where a woman Doctor was giving it to her husband who had alzheimer disease. She filmed the results, when she first started he was unable to draw a clock, in just a few weeks he not only drew a clock, he put all the numbers on it. Now i'm interested in the water. What is the best brand? Your hub is interesting and helpful. Thank you....


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tobusiness 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Hi Faith, lovely to see you! yeh, that Rihanna is one fit lady, if the coconut is her secret weapon, I want some!! I'll be stocking up the cupboard. :) Sorry about not including " love coconuts" in the poll, I thought I had it all covered. ;) thank you so much for taking part.

I used to love coconuts as a child, but I haven't used it in quite a while, it is definitely on my shopping list. Take care of yourself and my very best to you.


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Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

Excellent hub dear Jo! Wow, after seeing that first image, I am convinced of the health benefits of coconuts!!! You have packed a lot of great information into this amazing and beneficial hub here. I have always known of the benefits of coconut oil for one's hair and skin, but did not know about the coconut's many other health benefits. I answered the poll that I knew of the benefits and eat coconut, but there really wasn't a place for my true answer and that is I just love coconut alright, but surrounded with chocolate and almonds, as in a candy bar : ) Sorry, I have a long way to go it seems. I will be eating much more coconut from now on and share this information with my husband and all.

Up and more and sharing.

Have a lovely day and take care,

Faith Reaper


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tobusiness 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K Author

Frank, thanks for being my first! :) With the type of hubs I write, I do try to make it as reader-friendly as possible without, patronizing, I hope. So glad you've appreciated my effort. :) Always a pleasure.


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

You know Tobusiness your hubs have always been quick references and informative.. but I like the vlear easy to follow instructions.. thank you for being so reader friendly

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