Did you know that, as well as being delicious, there are health benefits to drinking coconut water? It can do wonders for your whole body from your hair to your health. You get around 11 ounces of coconut water from a coconut and, despite being low in calories and fat, is packed with plenty of vitamins, minerals and other important nutrients. Some of the key nutrients in coconut water include lauric acid, chloride, and iron. It also contains important electrolytes like potassium, magnesium, calcium, sodium, and phosphorus. Coconut water contains almost twice as much potassium as a banana. Here are other benefits of coconut water.
Great Source of Nutrients
Coconut water is the “water” inside coconuts. It is a natural product is 94% water and has almost no fat. It takes about a full year for a coconut to mature, with coconut water coming from coconuts that are about 6 months old, although it can also be found in mature coconuts. Your average green coconut gives you around a full cup of coconut water.
Just one cup of coconut water has 46 calories, 9 grams of carbs, 3 grams of fiber, 2 grams of protein, 10% of your RDI (Recommended Daily Intake) of vitamin C, 15% of your RDI of magnesium, 17% of your RDI of manganese and potassium, 11% of your RDI of sodium and 6% of your RDI of calcium.
Great for Weight Loss
Coconut water has consistently shown itself to be a great diet aid. One of the reasons coconut water is such an effective weight loss tool is that it is completely natural and has no extra chemicals. It’s been used by people looking to lose weight for hundreds of years and it’s been shown to be effective. It’s also delicious so you can easily make it part of a balanced breakfast and start your day off right.
Reduces Blood Pressure
Coconut water also has a direct effect on blood pressure. Studies have shown that coconut water helps to reduce blood pressure and hypertension. It can also reduce cholesterol levels and reduce the chances of developing a blood clot through antithrombotic effects. Reducing cholesterol levels means that it can help your blood pressure by preventing cholesterol from clogging the arteries.
Supports the Nervous System
Coconut water supports the nervous system and helps prevent the onset of neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia. Coconut water is rich in the cytokine trans-zeatin which recent studies suggest can help deter neurological problems. In particular trans-zeatin inhibited acetylcholinesterase, showing that it can prevent and help contain diseases such as Alzheimers and dementia.
Improve Heart Health
Another study into coconut water suggested that it can reduce the risk of heart disease. Rats who ingested coconut water had lower levels of blood cholesterol and triglycerides. It also reduced their liver fat levels. The researchers behind this study conducted another one. This time, rats were fed similar diets and a dose of coconut water based on their weight. The group that had coconut water had lower levels of cholesterol and triglycerides with reductions similar to cholesterol lowering drugs. What’s important to note is that the rats were fed a large dose of coconut water. A 150lb human would have to consume 91 ounces of coconut water to have the same dose.