Amid the numerous commercial beverages that claim healthful benefits, there is one that stands true to its word. Coconut water! It’s concentrated with nutrients, including minerals that many of us may lack in.
In the tropical countries, coconut water can easily be had. You can have it fresh straight from the coconut farm. And sometimes for free if you happen to be right there when the farmers are harvesting the fruits. Most often than not, the locals regard this natural drink as just something to satisfy thirst, especially during the hot summer months.
What’s in coconut water?
What really is in the coconut water beyond its thirst-quenching property? Here are the many ways that you can actually benefit from this natural drink.
Highly hydrating. Aside from refreshing and thirst-quenching, coconut water hydrates your body because it contains electrolytes and minerals. Didn’t you know that coconut water contains more hydrating properties than tap water?
Facilitates in breaking down kidney and bladder stones. If you have kidney and bladder problem, drink coconut water regularly. It breaks down the stones into smaller pieces. The pieces would be small enough for you to easily flush them out when you urinate.
Naturally nutritious. Honestly, I haven’t heard of any other natural drink that is so concentrated with several important nutrients yet.
● Electrolyte potassium. Each hundred-gram coconut water is loaded with 250 milligrams of potassium and 105 milligrams of sodium. These are the electrolytes that rehydrate you when you suffer from diarrhea. Many studies confirmed that the osmolarity of the coconut water is found to be a bit higher compared with what the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends for oral rehydration therapy (ORT).
● Less sodium and more potassium. Compared with the typical energy or sports drinks available in the market, coconut water has less sodium and more potassium content.
● Good source of B-complex vitamins. A hundred-gram coconut water may contain only 2.4 milligrams of Vitamin C. But it gives you, instead, a host of B-complex vitamins like folates, niacin, pyridoxine, riboflavin, and thiamin.
● Packed with bioactive enzymes. Expect to get these abundant bioactive enzymes from coconut water: acid phosphatase, catalase, dehydrogenase. diastase, peroxidase, RNA polymerases, and more. These enzymes facilitate your digestion and metabolism.
● Better composition of minerals. Coconut water gives you a better composition of calcium, iron, manganese, magnesium, and zinc than oranges and other fruits do.
● Simple sugar content. Individuals with diabetes don’t have to worry about drinking this naturally refreshing drink.
Cytokinins content. Coconut water contains cytokinins, such as kinetin and trans-zeatin. These compounds possess anti-aging, anti-carcinogenic, and anti-thrombotic properties.
Low on fat. Each drupe contains 94% water, making you feel full every time you drink a coconut. Thus, reducing your craving for more food.
Possible antioxidant content. Although researchers are yet to confirm it, there’s a possibility that coconut water may contain antioxidants that protect cells from free radicals.
Detoxifying agent. Coconut water possesses a very strong antidote against any form of poison infusion in the body. It has the capability to neutralize the effect of poison in the blood.
Antiviral and antifungal. Drink coconut water regularly and you’ll be free of some common health conditions.
● It’s effective in keeping fever and flu at bay.
● Protects you from herpes and other ailments.
● It stops all forms of adverse drug reactions.
● It repairs damages due to improper administration of antimicrobial agents.
● Calms a nervous disorder.
● Eases emotional imbalances.
Where to get coconut water
If you’re living anywhere in the Asia-Pacific region, the source of coconut water is never a problem. You can have it every time you want it. But even if you’re in some place where coconuts don’t thrive, you don’t have to worry. Coconut water is now available in most supermarkets and groceries worldwide. Make coconut water a part of your healthy lifestyle now.