When it comes to healthy beverages, perhaps nothing beats coconut water. It’s not only refreshing! It’s also loaded with tons of nutrients, including minerals that many people don’t get enough of.
Coconut water has now become a trendy beverage. Perhaps, the reason is that people are increasingly health conscious these past decades. Thus, they must have been shying away from the sugar-filled drinks.
What do you get from drinking coconut water?
Opting for coconut water is indeed a wise and healthy choice. Here’s why.
Refreshing. When you want to grab a can of cold beverage, your motive is almost always, to get refreshed, right? In choosing coconut water, you get more than a refreshing drink. You also get hydrated because this drink contains electrolytes and minerals.
Nutritious. Coconut water is loaded with several important nutrients, including minerals that many people don’t get enough of. Let me enumerate some of them:
- A hundred grams of coconut water may contain as little as 2.4 milligrams of Vitamin C. But it’s a very good source of B-complex vitamins like riboflavin, niacin, thiamin, pyridoxine, and folates.
- It’s loaded with a sufficient amount of electrolyte potassium. A 100-gram coconut water contains 250 mg of potassium and 105 mg of sodium. These electrolytes replenish what you lost when you have diarrhea. Studies show that the osmolarity of tender coconut water is a bit greater than what the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends for oral rehydration therapy (ORT).
- Coconut water has less sodium and more potassium content compared with the usual energy or sports drink available in the market.
- It’s filled with abundant bioactive enzymes like acid phosphatase, catalase, dehydrogenase. diastase, peroxidase, RNA polymerases, and more. These enzymes help in your digestion and metabolism. In fact, coconut water contains more hydrating properties than tap water.
- It has a much better composition of minerals, such as calcium, iron, manganese, magnesium, and zinc compared to oranges and other fruits.
- Since coconut water contains only simple sugar, it doesn’t pose risk to people with diabetes.
Possesses cytokinins. Coconut water contains cytokinins, such as kinetin and trans-zeatin, compounds that possess anti-aging, anti-carcinogenic, and anti-thrombotic properties.
Low on fat. If you are weight conscious, don’t worry! The water of a young coconut is very low on fat. And since it’s produced naturally in the drupe, it contains 94% water. That’s why, coconut water makes you feel full, reducing your cravings for more food.
Antiviral and antifungal properties. Coconut water helps keep flu, fever, herpes, and other ailments at bay. It even stops all kinds of adverse drug reactions. It’s also effective in the repair of damages caused by improper administration of antimicrobial agents. Likewise, coconut water helps calm a nervous disorder and emotional imbalances.
Helps break down kidney and bladder stones. Regular intake of coconut water eases kidney and bladder problem. It breaks down the stones into tiny bits so that they can be flushed down easily during urination.
Detoxifying agent. Coconut water possesses a very strong, if not the strongest yet antidote against any form of poison infusion in the body. It has the capability to neutralize the effect of poison in the blood.
May contain antioxidants, Studies on rats and other animals reveal that coconut water reduces oxidative stress on those that were exposed to toxins. Although it has not been tested on humans yet, there’s a possibility that coconut water may contain antioxidants that protect cells from free radicals.
I know not all can get fresh coconut water, like the people in the tropics can easily do. But don’t worry! Coconut water is now available in many stores and supermarkets across the globe. You can even order it online.
Aside from being a healthy refreshing drink, coconut water also makes a good substitute for the Asian soybean-based sauce. For more information about the wonders of the coconut, check out my articles on the drupe and the tree of life.