Coconut water is the liquid stored inside a fresh coconut. Many people confuse coconut water with coconut milk, but they are not same. Coconut water is a relatively clear liquid (not white), it is sweet in taste with a mild flavour. Coconut water is found both in green coconuts (immature) and brown (mature) ones but green coconut water is much tastier and fresh and thus should be preferred. If you visit any tropical country or island you will find drinking coconut water is part of everyday life to keep healthy. In past it was tough to get coconut water in countries where coconut is not grown but today coconut water is available in tetra pack / bottles in most countries.
What makes coconut water unique?
Coconut water is not so popular just because of its taste, but because it is also full of vitamins, minerals and essential nutrients. Coconut water is rich source of potassium, chlorides, magnesium and calcium. What makes it more special is low amounts of sugar and sodium content. It also has some trace minerals.
Coconut water is great to quench thirst. It is a great way to rehydrate especially in warm climates or when suffering from diarrhoea. It should be preferred over carbonated drinks which have little useful in them for health. Because of its nutrient properties, it is no wonder that coconut water is one of the best natural sports drink. Coconut water with its nutrients quickly replenishes lost electrolytes in perspiration without any side effects.
Benefits of Coconut Water
Coconut water benefits are numerous. Some most important and popular ones are:
Coconut water helps control cholesterol : According to research, coconut water helps in increasing levels of HDL (good cholesterol) in body. . By increasing HDL coconut water decreases the risk of heart related diseases, it also helps in scavenging of cholesterol (HDL transports cholesterol to lover where it is broken down). Use of coconut water was also found to decrease the risk of hardening of arteries (atherosclerosis) and reduce liver cholesterol level to a significant extent.
Benefits in Urinary disorders : Coconut water has long been known for benefits to urinary system of our body. One of the most important benefit of coconut water is in removal of kidney stones. As coconut water is diuretic, it increases urine flow and prevents stone formation. Not only prevention, it is also found to be very effective in dissolving existing kidney stones. Patients of kidney stones in Philippines have observed benefits (reduction in size of stones) when coconut water is taken orally. Doctors have also observed success by directly infusing coconut water in kidneys. This is known as bukolysis (coconut water is known as buko juice in Philippines). It has also been reported that patients treated with coconut water also witnessed lower recurrences of kidney stones.
Benefits in Glaucoma : Glaucoma refers to a group of eye conditions that lead to damage to the optic nerve. The worst case scenario is total loss of vision. There is no permanent treatment of this condition, patients should put eye drops on regular basis to maintain the pressure. Regular intake of coconut water (orally and not in the eye) has found to be useful in Glaucoma .
Coconut water as Laxative : Coconut water is a great for people suffering from irregular bowels and constipation. It has a laxative effect and helps in treating constipation naturally.
Other benefits of coconut water:
- Coconut water is a natural urinary antiseptic eliminating poison in case of mineral poisoning.
- Replenishes essential nutrients in body and keeps body cool even in hot weather conditions.
- Can be used topically to treat summer boils, rashes, etc.
How to use coconut water in daily life
There are several simple ways to include coconut water in your daily life:
- After exercising choose coconut water than choosing a sports drink
- After coming from work, choose coconut water than an energy drink
- When feeling thirsty, drink coconut water than a carbonated drink
And of course you can drink coconut water whenever you feel thirty and would like to have something other than just water.
Coconut water is great for overall health. It is an awesome replacement of re-hydration and sports drink. Make sure you choose green coconut to get your coconut water and if choosing a packed one choose the one which is least processed.