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Coconut Water Benefits: Why You Need to Start Drinking it Now

Updated on March 25, 2017
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Nutrition is one of the most important things in my life. I love learning about health topics and new nutrition trends.

Recently, an exotic drink has become very popular, which since ancient times is considered an elixir of beauty, youth and health. Previously, it was available only to the aborigines of the tropics and travelers, but thanks to the fact that modern packaging allows you to keep the freshness of products for long periods of time, almost everyone now has the opportunity to get to know this drink more.

It's about coconut water, and today I will tell you what its benefits are, and whether the use of this drink can cause any harm.

Composition Of Coconut Water

Coconut water is a liquid endosperm of young fruits on coconut palms that grow in Thailand, Malaysia, Brazil and in some other tropical countries. The composition of this drink includes numerous vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and amino acids, which make it very useful and nutritious.

Coconut Water Contains:

  • Vitamins: PP (nicotinic acid), B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin), B3 (niacin), B5 (pantothenic acid), B6, B9 (folic acid), C (ascorbic acid).

  • Microelements: potassium, sodium, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, iron, zinc, selenium, copper, manganese.

  • Irreplaceable amino acids: phenylalanine, valine, methionine, leucine, threonine, tryptophan, lysine, isoleucine.

  • Proteins - 0,72 g, fats - 0,2 g, carbohydrates - 2,61 g, kilocalories - from 17 to 45 depending on the ripeness of the nut (the amount is indicated for 100 ml of the product).

The Benefits Of Coconut Water

The moisture behind the thick peel of a coconut is truly priceless, and all its properties are unique. Even at the top of the palm tree, under the scorching sun, the coconut water remains cool. It saved many tired travelers, as well as quenches thirst and hunger, and also tones and restores strength. And these are not its only virtues.

The Effect Of Coconut Water On The Body

It is believed that thanks to the high content of antioxidants, coconut water prevents the aging of not only the skin, but the whole organism as a whole. It rejuvenates the internal organs, helps to improve the complexion, makes the epidermis softer and more elastic. In addition, this liquid successfully fights the presence and growth of free radicals.

Coconut water helps remove toxins from the body (including mercury) and slags. This drink positively affects the gastrointestinal tract and its microflora, improves metabolism, eliminates digestive problems and gastritis. To achieve the optimum effect from coconut juice it is recommended to be used on an empty stomach and after every meal.

Coconut water improves blood circulation, relieves "bad" cholesterol, prevents the appearance of atherosclerotic plaques, cleanses the blood, is an excellent prevention of heart attacks and Alzheimer's disease. In addition, it regulates blood pressure, so it is especially recommended to drink for hypertensive patients.

Coconut juice helps to balance the blood sugar level and normalize the amount of insulin, so it can be used by those who have diabetes. Naturally, in the presence of disease before the first use of coconut water, it is still worth consulting with a doctor and do not replace this drink with prescribed medications. Coconut water strengthens the immune system, and for colds it acts as an antipyretic and antibacterial agent. This drink helps the body recover from serious illnesses and after surgical operations. It promotes the regeneration of tissues and the fusion of bones.


Coconut Water For Athletes And Weight Loss

For athletes - both professionals and amateurs - coconut water is a natural and very powerful energy booster. This drink, unlike its synthetic counterparts, does not contain any chemicals, but it helps to restore strength after intensive training and replenish the supply of those substances and trace elements that are excreted from the body with sweat.

In addition, coconut water, due to the high calcium content, strengthens the bones, and thanks to its composition it increases endurance and allows you to achieve tremendous results from sports. So it is recommended to use not only after, but also during training.

To those who are dieting, it provides practically all the vitamins, micro elements and amino acids necessary for the normal functioning of the body. This, in turn, allows for a week to "eat" only this liquid without damage to health. Regular diets help complement this drink and regular, as it helps to make the diet more balanced.

Methods Of Use And Dosage

Coconut water is best to drink fresh and cool - through a tube from the freshly extracted nut or from a special package, and this is the most common way of consuming this liquid. However, you can add it to various dishes. For example, in some countries it is a base in curries and soups, it spices coffee, smoothies and other beverages.

However, its therapeutic and preventive properties decrease when heated, so if you want to use coconut water for the benefit to your body, and not for its delicate and pleasant taste, then use it in its pure form and do not heat it.

The optimal dosage of coconut water consumption is 500-600 milliliters per day. This will help you nourish the body with useful substances, restore water balance, maintain strength and protect against many diseases. The dose can be increased if you actively go in for sports or have chosen a coconut mono-diet.

Harm From Coconut Water

This section will be very short. The fact is that no contraindications to coconut water have been found. Naturally, like any other product, it can cause allergies due to individual intolerance of any elements that make up this drink. Otherwise, the harm of coconut water is only in its hard shell - nuts sometimes fall on the head of tourists and aborigines.

Summing up, let's say: coconut water is truly miraculous and extremely useful, so do not deny yourself the pleasure of using this drink, especially since it is now really simple to get it even in the northern latitudes. In addition, especially for those who do not really like the taste of coconut water in its pure form, some companies produce enriched options, that is, they add natural mango juice or pineapple and mint to it.

Coconut Water Health Benefits

Why Drink Coconut Water?

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

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      3 months ago

      Yes, I agree with you. Coconuts are very healthy indeed unless you are under a coconut tree.

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      Zia Uddin 

      3 months ago from Birmingham

      Great info. Coconut juice sold in cartons is also beneficial but expensive. The only health hazard with coconuts is when it drops off the tree and lands on your head.


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