Coconut water benefits

Coconuts, commonly defined as the fruit from the coconut palm tree with the botanical name of cocos nucifera, are usually found in the coastal regions of South and South East Asia, the Pacific Islands, South America and the islands of Hawaii and Florida amongst others. Although the botanical name suggests the name nut bearing, coconuts are popular for the water the fruit possess along with the thick flesh that is usually found in matured coconuts. Coconut milk is also very popular as a culinary aid, and is used abundantly in the preparation of foods especially in the South East Asian regions.

Coconut water provides numerous advantages and is known as the cleanest liquid after water as it contains healthy organic compounds such as potassium, magnesium, calcium etc that are known to be good for overall health. It is also does not contain a large amount of carbohydrates and sugar and is known to be 99% fat free. Other nutritional facts about coconut water are stated below:

  • Coconut water is much more nourishing than milk as it contains less fat and zero cholesterol
  • Coconut water is more healthy then orange juice as it contains higher calories whereas coconut water has fewer calories.
  • Coconut water is more natural then refined baby milk as it contains the same lauric acid, present in a human mother’s milk.
  • Coconut water is normally germ-free as the water filters through the infused husk.
  • Coconut water is the same as human blood plasma, which characterizes it as a widespread donor as it makes blood transfusion easier. In emergency situations, coconut water has been used as intravenous hydration liquid when there was no standard IV fluid present. In World War II, hundreds of soldiers’ lives were saved in the Pacific, due to crisis transfusion of coconut water used instead of blood plasma.
  • Coconut water has the same level of Natural Isotonic Beverage that is present in human blood, which is known to re-hydrate the body. It replenishes minerals and fluids in the body that has been lost during meticulous physical actions. This is the very reason why people who maintain exercise routines, natural athletes and sportsmen are encouraged to drink coconut water after working out, in order to refill all their body fluids and minerals they have lost whilst doing so. Even The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) stated the benefits of coconut water in replacing lost body fluids when it wanted to make coconut water a sports drink in 2000.
  • Coconut water is famous for saving people’s lives through Coconut IV, in third-world countries where proper sanitation is challenged
  • Coconut water helps maintain temperature by keeping the body cool.
  • Coconut water helps transfer natural nutrients and oxygen into cells
  • After exercising, an intake of coconut water will help refill body fluids
  • Coconut water helps in weight loss regimes
  • Coconut water strengthens the immune system by combating viruses such as flu, herpes and AIDS and also participates in detoxification as it is an anti-bacterial liquid which contains monolaurin and antiprozoal monoglyceride
  • Coconut water helps increase metabolic levels
  • Coconut water is known to assist decontamination of the digestive tract by killing intestinal worms which makes room for better digestion
  • Coconut water helps control illnesses such as diabetes and balances pH levels, which lessens the probability of cancer
  • Coconut water is also essential for treating diseases in the kidney and breaking up urethral stones which makes them easier to be taken out in surgery
  • Coconut water helps strengthen weak blood circulation
  • Coconut water is known to prevent urinary problems if it is taken daily. People who have strangury and polyutra are advised to drink coconut water to get rid of the urinary infections.


Last updated on Jul 13th, 2011 and filed under Healthy Eating. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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