Coconut Water: Low in calories, naturally fat- and cholesterol free, more potassium than four bananas, and super hydrating
- Coconut water has less sugar than many sports drinks and much less sugar than sodas and some fruit juices.
- Good source of several nutrients: Coconuts grow on large palm trees known scientifically as Cocos nucifera. Despite the name, the coconut is a fruit rather than a nut. Coconut water is the juice found in the center of a young, green coconut. It helps nourish the fruit. Coconut water is produced naturally in the fruit and contains 94% water and very little fat.
- May have antioxidant properties: Free radicals are unstable molecules that are produced in your cells during metabolism. Their production increases in response to stress or injury. When there are too many free radicals, the body is said to be in a state of oxidative stress, which can damage cells and increase the risk of disease. Research on animals exposed to toxins has shown that coconut water contains antioxidants, modifying free radicals so they no longer cause harm.
- May have benefits against diabetes: Research has shown that coconut water can lower blood sugar levels and improve other health markers in diabetic animals.
- May help prevent kidney stones: Drinking enough fluids is important for kidney stone prevention. Although plain water is a great choice, one study suggests that coconut water may be even better. Kidney stones form when calcium, oxalate and other compounds combine to form crystals in the urine.
- May support heart health: Drinking coconut water may be helpful to reduce heart disease risk. In one study, rats that consumed coconut water had reductions in blood cholesterol and triglycerides. They also experienced significant decreases in liver fat.
- May reduce blood pressure: It may be also be a great beverage for keeping blood pressure under control. One small study gave coconut water to people with high blood pressure. 71% experienced significant improvements to systolic blood pressure, which is the higher number of a blood pressure reading.
- Beneficial after prolonged exercise: Coconut water may be the perfect beverage for restoring hydration and replenishing electrolytes lost during exercise. Electrolytes are minerals that play several important roles in the body, including maintaining proper fluid balance. They include potassium, magnesium, sodium and calcium.
- Delicious source of hydration: Coconut water is slightly sweet with a subtle, nutty flavor. It’s also fairly low in calories and carbs.
Please consult with your doctor.