Water from green coconut is considered to be one of the healthiest drinks with a sweet nutty taste. Coconut water is considered as Mother Nature’s Sports drink as it has numerous health benefits ranging from preventing kidney stones and cancers to managing hangovers. Over 95 percent of coconut water is water.
Plain coconut water is the best choice for adults and kids looking for a sweet and healthy beverage. It is an all-natural way to hydrate oneself. Coconut is considered a fruit rather than a nut. It is actually a stone fruit found on the palm trees that grows in coastal tropical environment. Each coconut contains around 200 to 1000 ml of water depending on its size and species.
Coconut water is loaded with nutrients like manganese, potassium, copper, magnesium, vitamin C, calcium and riboflavin and is a good source of fiber and protein. Coconut water is low in calories, free from any fats and cholesterol and is super hydrating. It contains easily digested carbohydrates in the form of energy and electrolytes. It is a very refreshing drink.
There are several reasons to drink Coconut Water. In Ayurveda, coconut water is believed to help in digestion, urination and even semen production. Some of the amazing ones are listed below:
1. Packed With Antioxidants
Fresh Coconut Water contains antioxidants that help to neutralize the oxidative stress and free radicals. Free radicals are unstable molecules produced by our cells during metabolism. Their production increase in response to stress or injury and even after exercise. The over production of free radicals takes body to a state of oxidative stress which damages the cells and leads to numerous diseases. Coconut water has antioxidants that modify the free radicals so they can no longer harm the cells. Consuming enough antioxidants is the only way to neutralize the damage that may be caused by free radicals. Thus, coconut water is very healthy drink.
2. Good For Diabetes
Coconut water helps in reducing blood sugar levels. It is registered low on the glycemic load scale. It is a good source of magnesium which increases insulin sensitivity and reduces the blood sugar levels in Type 2 diabetic patients and those who are considered prediabetic. Water from mature coconuts have anti diabetic effect.
3. Prevent Kidney Stones
Coconut water is the best way to prevent formation of kidney stones. Regular intake of coconut water is known to reduce the amount of crystals deposited/formed in the kidneys thus it decreases the risk of any occurrence of kidney stones. Coconut water prevents the crystals from sticking to the kidneys and other parts of urinary tract. Kidney stones are caused due to accumulation of unwanted crystals in the kidneys that should be flushed out through the urine.
4. Lowers Blood Pressure Levels
Coconut water improves the systolic blood pressure as it contains 600 mg of potassium. Potassium is known to lower blood pressure naturally. It also has anti thrombotic activity which means coconut water also prevents the formation of blood clots in the arteries. Thus, indirectly coconut water helps in supporting a healthy heart. It helps in reducing blood cholesterol and triglycerides.
Cholesterol has an impact on blood pressure by clogging up the arteries.
5. Boosts Energy
Coconut water is the best beverage to accompany during exercise as it has fewer calories, less sodium but more potassium. It is an instant rehydration drink especially in high temperatures. Coconut water is the perfect beverage to replenish the lost electrolytes (potassium, magnesium, sodium and calcium) after rigorous exercise. It gives fullness and no upset stomach if consumed in large quantities. It is a great way to replace lost fluids after workouts.
6. Prevents Hair Loss, Stimulates Hair Growth, Treats Damaged Hair And Dandruff
Coconut water is a permanent solution to hair loss or alopecia. It ensures proper blood circulation in the scalp, thus enhances the density of hair, strengthens the hair follicles. It also stimulates the hair growth as it is a rich source of potassium. Coconut water may be applied with fingers on the scalp and left overnight for best results. Coconut water mixed with a spoon of yogurt can be applied directly onto the scalp to help treat dry and frizzy hair. The mixture may be left for an hour and later rinsed with mild shampoo. Coconut water mixed with half a spoon of neem oil shows anti-fungal properties that can help in reducing itchiness of the scalp. The mix should be left for one hour and then rinsed with lukewarm water. This helps in treating dandruff. This treatment can be done twice a week for best results. When coconut water is used as a conditioner after shampoo, it brings natural shine to the hair. The coconut water should be diluted with normal water in this case.
7. Skin Benefits From Coconut Water
Applying coconut water mixed with half a spoon of lemon juice is a great way to hydrate the skin. The mixture should be left on the face for half an hour and then rinsed with cold water. Thus, coconut water is a great moisturizer for the skin. Coconut water has cytokinins, a compound that slows down the development of cancerous cells and also slows down the aging process. Cytokines helps in faster skin repair. Coconut water mixed with yogurt when applied on the face is a great pack to fight aging and also improves the appearance of the skin by removing dead cells. Coconut water helps with blemishes, tan and discolored skin as it is rich source of vitamin C. A pack of coconut water with multani mitti or fuller’s earth may be applied on the pigmented areas for few minutes and rinsed with cold water.
Coconut water should not be confused with coconut milk which is made by adding water to grated coconut. Coconut milk is high in coconut fat.
Coconut water on the other hand is a delicious, nutritious and a natural healthy beverage when taken fresh, without any added sugars. It can be used in smoothies and chia seed puddings. It is a great alternative to milk.