The amazing benefits of C have been long used in the tropical regions.
It is made from the young green coconuts, and each nut involves 200-1000 milliliters (around 1-4 cups) of coconut water.
This organic beverage is low in calories, and a fantastic delicious and refreshing taste. Also, the tender coconut water is higher in important nutrients than the mature coconut water.
It contains abundance of enzymes, amino acids, B-complex vitamins, antioxidants, vitamin C, and many minerals like magnesium, calcium, manganese, iron, and zinc.
Coconut Water Health Benefits
1. Reduces the Blood Pressure
Blood pressure can be easily normalized by drinking coconut water due to the magnesium, vitamin C and potassium content. Potassium also balances the adverse effects of sodium which is one of the causes for hypertension. Consuming a cup of fresh coconut water twice a day will help you reduce your high blood pressure. Avoid bottled water because it usually contains more sodium.
2. Supports heart health
Since it is cholesterol and fat free, coconut water supports heart health, and helps to minimize the LDL (bad) cholesterol, while raising the HDL cholesterol levels.
A 2012 study, published in the Medicinal Food Journal, revealed that both mature and tender coconut water have positive impacts on the lipid metabolism, and inhibit the rise of total cholesterol, LDL, triglycerides, and low-density lipoproteins (VLDL).
With its anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-platelet properties, coconut water improves blood circulation, thereby safeguarding against plaque formation in the arteries, and hence minimizes the risk of heart attacks and strokes.
3. Relieves and treats headaches
Headaches and migraines are usually caused by dehydration which can be prevented by drinking coconut water because it contains electrolytes. Magnesium deficiency is also another cause of headaches and you can include more of this mineral by drinking coconut water.
4. Regulates Blood Sugar
The high level of amino acids and dietary fiber in the coconut water regulates the blood sugar and enhances the insulin sensitivity. It also improves circulation and treats various symptoms, like numbness, and also decreases the risk of atherosclerosis.
5. Rehydrates the Body
This beverage is excellent for quenching thirst, especially in the summer. It is rich in electrolytes, so it hydrates the body and prevents fluid loss in cases of diarrhea, vomiting, and excessive sweating.
It also provides lots of energy, as it is rich in carbohydrates. Its consumption of recommended after exercise, due to these properties. It is also easy on the stomach, so it treats various digestive issues, like acid reflux, indigestion, and gastroenteritis.
6. Natural Diuretic
Being an excellent natural diuretic, coconut water promotes the urine production and flow, and flushes out the toxins from our body. It also protects from urinary tract impurities. Thanks to its high potassium levels, this beverage dissolves some types of kidney stones, and alkalizes the urine. In addition, it fights bacterial infections thanks to its antibacterial properties. Drink a glass of coconut water with a pinch of sea salt, once or twice a day.
7. Helps Weight Loss
Being a low calorie drink, and very easy to the stomach, it is ideal for those who want to lose some extra pounds. Coconut water contains great number of bioactive enzymes great for our digestion and fat metabolism.
A body with excess sodium is prone to water retention. This in turn contributes to water weight. Potassium in really helpful in such cases as it helps balance the sodium. Being rich in potassium, coconut water help eliminate the excess water and toxins from the body. To ease the weight loss process, drink a cup of coconut water, three or four times a week. Keep in mind that too much coconut water can have adverse effects, so don’t consume it in excess amounts.
8. Hangover cure
We already mentioned the importance of being well hydrated. Alcohol consumption causes dehydration which results in nausea. To relieve the effects of hangover, drinking coconut water will be of great help because it contains electrolytes which rehydrate the body.
Excess alcohol consumption also causes oxidative stress which can be relieved with the oxidative properties of coconut water. If you are hung over, make a mixture of 2 glasses unsweetened coconut water, ripe mangoes, 2 fresh mints, 2-3 tablespoons of lemon juice and half a glass of ice. Blend the ingredients and drink the beverage for a quick hangover relief.
9. Slows down the aging process
Cytokines in this water have strong anti-aging effects on cells and tissues, so it prevents age-related diseases, as well as degenerative diseases.
Also, coconut water hydrates and nourishes your skin, and helps it be gentle and even. You need to mix a cup of the drink and 2 teaspoons of sandalwood powder to create a paste.
Next, apply this paste on your skin, leave it to dry, and wash it off with water. This will refresh your skin and promote its health.
10. Balances pH Levels
Stress, modern lifestyles, toxins, processed foods, sugar; all of these factors contribute to an acidic environment in the body.
Acidic pH levels lead to reduced energy, fatigue, and inability for the body to absorb the needed minerals and vitamins. On the other hand, coconut water alkalizes the body and restores the pH balance.
– This beverage is not recommended in the case of nut allergies
– Coconut water may cause stomach bloating and mild stomach upset
– In the case of kidneys dysfunction, patients should consult their doctor before the consumption of coconut water.
– Its consumption is not recommended at least 2 weeks before or after a surgery, as it may have an impact on the blood pressure