The coconut water craze isn’t going away anytime soon, and there’s an array of reasons as to why. Coconut water is extracted from young green coconuts to provide a refreshing, isotonic drink.
Here are a few benefits of this natural, nutritious source of goodness.
Seven benefits of coconut water
#1: It’s high in nutrients
Coconut water consists of 95% H2O, and the other 5% is so nutritionally rich that it’s actually being acknowledged as an overall health and immune booster.
#2: It’s ideal for weight loss
That’s because this water is practically fat-free and contains less than 2.2 g of natural sugar per 100 ml. It also suppresses the appetite and provides a feeling of fullness for longer thanks to its rich nature.
#3: It’s a blend of essential electrolytes
These electrolytes are very similar (almost identical, actually) to human blood plasma. Some say that that’s it’s the ultimate cure for a hangover (I’m yet to put it to the test!).
#4: It’s a healthy alternative to sports drinks
Coconut water is rich in potassium, magnesium, calcium, sodium and phosphorus with no added sugar and preservatives, making it a great healthy alternative to sports drinks.
#5: It has anti-ageing properties
This is due to its high amino acid content, enzymes and plant growth hormones known as cytokinins.
#6: It’s good for digestive health
Coconut water is calming on the digestive system and acts as a source of fibre to prevent acid reflux, heart burn and other digestive problems.
#7: It’s extremely hydrating
It’s brilliant for boosting your hydration levels, especially after a loss of mineral-rich fluids. It’s also effective in reducing blood pressure to its electrolyte content that acts as a balancing mechanism.
Interesting, right? I now understand why the Hawaiians refer to coconut water as “Heaven’s Dew”!