When we think about coconut water, we can see in our mind’s eye a picture of lying on a hammock at the beach. But in Indonesia, you can enjoy this natural treat at most restaurants and even on the roadside.
Coconut water is the liquid from a young green coconut and is the ultimate thirst quencher and offers a tasty alternative to water. Especially when you drink it on a hot, sunny day. So refreshing!
Dubbed as “nature’s Gatorade”, coconut water is more than just a refreshing drink, it offers many benefits for health and beauty. Let’s explore the numerous benefits:
- Hydration for body
Because of coconut water’s electrolyte composition is so similar to blood, it is perfect to rehydrate the body in case of dehydration and fluid loss due to diarrhea, vomiting, or excessive sweating.
- Facilitates Digestion
Coconut water also has ability to prevent indigestion as it has enzymes like catalase, folic acid, peroxidase, phosphatase, dehydrogenase, RNA polymerases, diastase and so on. These enzymes play an important role in easy digestion.
- Reduces blood pressure
Vitamin C, potassium and magnesium in coconut water are good for controlling high blood pressure. Potassium, in particular helps lower blood pressure by balancing out the negative effects of sodium. You can drink a cup of fresh coconut water twice a day to reduce high blood pressure.
- Relieves hangovers
It is also a great natural remedy for hangovers. Alcohol causes dehydration, thus coconut water plays a role to replenish the electrolytes in the body and boosts hydration. Antioxidant in coconut water also can fight oxidative stress caused by indulging in too much alcohol.
- Promotes weight loss
The fat content in coconut water is extremely low, so generous quantities can be consumed without the fear of adding on the pounds. It also contains bioactive enzymes that aid digestion and boost fat metabolism. It also suppresses the appetite and makes you feel full because of its rich nature.
- Treats headache
Dehydration can cause headaches and migraines. In such cases, coconut water can be a great help in supplying electrolytes to the body and boosting hydration. As it is also rich in magnesium, drinking cocnut water can help reduce the frequency of migraine attacks.
- Slows down the aging process
Lauric acid and cytokines are two elements that play a vital role in the cell growth and its regulation. These elements can be found in coconut water. Lauric acid and cytokines carry anti-thrombotic, anti-carcinogenic, and anti-aging properties—thus it can slows down the aging.
- Fuel for brain functions
Electrolyte content found in coconut water has the capability to improve the brain functions by boosting the speed of nerve transmission.
- Reduces the risk of heart disease
Cholesterol and fat-free tender coconut water offers cardio-protective benefits by reducing low-density lipoprotein (LDL or the bad cholesterol) and increase high-density lipoprotein (HDL or the good cholesterol) levels. Antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-platelet properties in coconut water also help to improve circulation and at the end, help reduce plaque formation in the arteries and lowers the risk of heart attacks and strokes.
- Cure urinary disorders
Coconut water has diuretic properties, which is very helpful in cases of urinary disorders. Due to the diuretic effect, water is easily expelled from the body, along with the toxins, helping to keep your body system healthy.