10 Reasons to Drink Coconut Water That You Probably Didn’t Know About

10 Reasons to Drink Coconut Water That You Probably Didn't Know About
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Coconut water, coconut milk and coconut oil are the products we often associate with palm trees and tropical climate. A lot has been written about coconut oil and its many health benefits as well as about coconut milk as a milk substitute, but now it’s time to focus on coconut water.

Coconut water is packed with nutrients that yield an array of health benefits. It is 95% water and is extracted from young coconuts. There is usually some soft meat on the inside walls of the coconut which you can happily spoon out and enjoy the jelly-like treat.

Drinking fresh coconut water was one of my favorite perks when visiting in Asia. I’ve soon learnt about different palm trees and different types of coconuts. Not every coconut is fit for drinking. It’s the immature green coconuts you want. Here are few benefits of drinking coconut water:

1. Prevents dehydration

Coconut water is great for rehydration: it’s refreshing, contains essential electrolytes, and is as close to sterile as you’ll get. It’s also ecological and a good alternative to bottled water, especially in places where you can’t drink tap water. Coconut water is a source of five important minerals: potassium, magnesium, calcium, sodium and phosphorus. It can be a particularly suitable drink after you’ve done some strenuous exercise. If you’ve sweated a lot, add a pinch of Himalayan salt to coconut water and make it even more worthwhile.

2. Fuels the brain and muscles

Coconut water contains 295 mg of potassium, which means that one cup of this tropical drink has more potassium than a banana. Potassium regulates heartbeat and muscle function. The electrolytes facilitate nervous system functioning and nerve transmission as well as better cognitive functioning. You can find here more tips on how to improve your brain function naturally.

3. Is anti-aging

Now you know why coconut water is popular with Holywood divas. It’s been dubbed ‘the secret fountain of youth’. It contains a group of plant hormones called cytokinins, which are involved in the growth, development and aging of a plant. According to Journal of Anti-aging medicine, cytokinins have an anti-aging effect on human cells too. They prevent cells from undergoing degenerative changes. Dr. Bruce Fife, the author of Coconut Water for Health and Healing, claims that this cell regulation process can help prevent cancer, as mistakes in the cell development don’t happen. Find here more foods that protect against cancer development.

4. Aids Digestion

Coconut water is a digestive tonic. It has been used to treat different tropical ailments, including stomach flu, dysentery, constipation and parasites. It helps with food absorption and improves digestion via its bioactive enzymes. But it can have a laxative effect, so think before you drink lots of it.  Peppermint and chamomile as well as other herbs can also improve your digestion – you can get more information in my e-book The Herbal Remedies Guide which will help you to discover how to use herbal remedies effectively to heal away disease and illness.

5. Supports immune function

Coconut water boosts the immune system and helps fight infections. It contains Lauric acid – a medium-chain fatty acid -and is anti-fungal, anti-viral and anti-bacterial. Three in one. Lauric acid has been found to be effective in treating candida albicans and fungal infections, hepatitis C, herpes and HIV. You can find more natural substances to improve your immune system in my previous article.

6. Benefits the heart and urinary tract

High levels of potassium in coconut water help prevent heart attacks and lower blood pressure. 71 percent of people who regularly drank coconut water, reduced their blood pressure through this practice. Coconut water can also help with kidney stones and is a diuretic. A hospital in the Philippines tried giving their urology patients coconut water two to three times a week. The result? Their kidney stones reduced in size and some didn’t need the surgery any longer. Certain types of berries can also be used effectively to fight urinary tract infection and you can read about them in my e-book  The Healing Berry Guide which will show you how to transform your health with berries.

7. Is rich in natural vitamins, amino acids, enzymes, antioxidants and phytonutrients

Coconut water contains a lot of B vitamins, minerals and trace elements, such as zinc, selenium, iodine and sulphur. It is an antioxidant and fights free radicals which cause many diseases, including cancer.

8. Is a low calorie drink

If you drink coconut water straight from the coconut, the caloric value is rather low – 46 calories per cup. Coconut water has a fifth of the sugar of some other fruit juices, but is still naturally pleasantly sweet – especially if you pick the right fruit. Still, one cup contains 6.3 grams of sugars, which is rather high. Also, some coconut-based drinks that are sold in the shops can have sugar added to them, so check the label if you’re worried about the sugar content. Overall, coconut water is a good alternative to high-calorie commercial drinks and can help you lose weight, as you’ll be consuming fewer calories than if you’d be drinking flavored sodas.

9. Alkalizes the body

If you are trying to alkalize your body, coconut water might be the perfect drink. It brings the pH of your body fluids down and can make you less acidic- thus less prone to diseases – in this increasingly acidic world.

10. Improves blood circulation

Coconut water has been used as a heart tonic. It strengthens the heart, reduces bad cholesterol levels, and prevents blood clot formation. This lowers your risk of heart attack and stroke. By improving blood circulation, coconut water also benefits diabetic patients and prevents complications that are related to poor blood flow, such as foot numbness and loss of vision. What’s more, coconut water is so similar to blood plasma in its chemical makeup it can help save lives. According to the UN, it has been used for emergency transfusions during wars and disasters – straight from the nut into the veins of wounded people.

As always, moderation applies. Although coconut water is very good for you, you don’t want to be overdoing it. Some sources warn it is rich in sugars and saturated fats, so you don’t want to be gulping it down in unrestricted quantities, or you might end up putting on weight. However, in moderation, coconut water should help you stay healthy, young and fit.

Coconut oil also has amazing health benefits – read about them in my post:

Discover the Truth About Coconut Oil and Its Many Health Benefits

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47 Responses to 10 Reasons to Drink Coconut Water That You Probably Didn’t Know About

  1. Debbie says:

    Where can I purchase coconut water

  2. Robin says:

    It’s so nice to know about this. Thanks a lot.

  3. shripad says:

    Very good info.

  4. jo says:

    I can say coconut water is better than cranberry when it comes to treating Urinary tract infection. I have used this and it really works quicker.

  5. Chernoh Maju Bah says:

    Thank you,we have it in Africa in abondance,no sugar adding,you are invited to the tropicals.

  6. evet says:

    Very immformative

  7. Dankat Koni Diana says:

    Please am in Nigeria.The coconut we buy in market,can I break it and drink the water is it still accepted and how many tyms can I take it a day or week n quntity. Tnx

    • Jenny says:

      You can drink the coconut water straight from the coconut, but you need the green coconuts that are young. Usually 1 cup a day is enough.

  8. phehintholarh says:

    Whao its so gr8 to know dat coconut water do hv a gr8 potentials really appreciate diz so much somwhere in Africa coconut water has been regarded as water dat can reduce brain function but many thxs to ur post. Will enlightened pple about diz

  9. Alice chu says:

    Thanks your information. Im fond of reading health issue. Can you please send me more about this .

  10. Leonardo p says:

    TREE OF LIFE, that is name of wonderful coconut.Every part of this tree can be use. From the roots up to the leaves.

  11. PROTUS KATIMI says:

    wonderful knowledge. honestly I didn’t know this before now I know!

  12. Susan Kimbell says:

    I saw it at Costco….Didnt know that it was so wonderful….Thanks for the information….Always love coconut and even more now 🙂

  13. Pinu Suwapo says:

    Thankyou for that information. It was what I needed. It’s the cheapest drink I can get at the markets anytime.

  14. Venise says:

    One day I was starving and we were far from the restaurant. I stopped in a market where I drank coconut water and ate the meat inside, I was no more hungry, could wait one more hour for lunch. It’s a wonderful fruit and so delicious.

  15. Carmen says:

    Thanks for the information. Question: I am allergic to peanut and was told that coconut is part of the nut family and should avoid coconut. Is this true?

  16. Udaya Raj says:

    It’s very important things so I know about This ,Thanks a lot of.

  17. Jeric says:

    I had this ailment the doctors call premature ventricular contraction (PVC). it bothers me because I had difficulty sleeping whenever I have successive PVCs at night. Medical journals online says that it may lead to a heart attack if severe. I tried several treatment but it keeps on coming back. Two years ago I started drinking coconut water because they said that it is reach in potassium, which can help my ailment. I drink coconut water from its fruit at least twice a week because it is cheap and abundant in our country. One coconut shell costs only about US$0.40 in the Philippines. To my surprise, my PVC was gone after a month of drinking coconut water. Also, my blood pressure had gone down despite reduced medication. Since then, I have never stopped drinking coconut water, or buko juice as we locally call it.

  18. really coconut water is very good for keeping us fit n healthy.I take it twice a week

  19. mohaa says:

    What about if you drink tha 1 with the hairy not the green one

    • Jenny says:

      You can drink both. From what I’ve read young coconuts have more ‘water’ in them, and for some it tastes better.

  20. ella says:

    Coconut water is a very effective remedy for headaches. No matter how bad you just calm down.

  21. Jose Beltran says:

    Is it ok to drink the one they sell in stores from the can or does it have to be natural?

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Jose, read the label of the ingredients and see what it contains. If it’s loaded with additives, flavors and preservative, don’t buy it. Opt for 100% organic and raw that is not processed with any heat.

  22. Lori says:

    I love to mix my drinks with half coconut water, and half regular water, as I’m not a fan of the taste unless it’s fresh from an old coconut, but i know it has so many great benefits. I like coco-hydro (dehydrated coconut water, all the goodness, just needs to be rehydrated in water) too, since it’s much easier to take with you somewhere or store if you have a limited amount of storage space.

  23. cee says:

    So sad to hear that some were misinformed. I back everything and more up with this article that it works on fibromyalgia and it’s a great thermogenic fat burner I’m almost 50 and suffered with my weight all my life till now….i weigh what I weighed when I was 18 125lbs. it just fell off. My hormones are balanced and my heart palpitations are gone. Much more.

  24. Amin Osman says:

    I live in Mauritius, a sub-tropical island, where there are plenty of coconut trees especially near the beaches. A Saudi Arab who had never seen a coconut tree was amazed at the quality of coconut water and tender meat and said:” This must be the Paradise Tree!”

  25. Willy says:

    How can i have coconut water ?

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Willy, generally speaking in some countries you can find coconut water in some supermarkets, or try health food stores or online stores like Amazon.

    • tess says:

      you can buy coconut at Pilipino store or Chinese store, like Seafood City Market, they selling real coconut in a box of 9pcs for $13.00 , Island Pacific, Ranch 99, Wholefood Market, Raley’s Store, if you live in USA

  26. Pratik says:

    I drink it daily..
    Questuon : 1. Could you suggest me any other alternative..?
    2. The non young once are better in taste and are more tempting, the water is sweet.
    Why only young once

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Patrik, I will start from the second question:
      There is usually more water in a young green coconut, since the water is replaced by the white coconut flesh as it matures. Therefore, for drinking purposes, coconuts are harvested off the trees when they are still young and green. I’ve seen a reference that claims that as coconuts begin to age, the nutrients in the water begin to seep into the meat of the coconut, and the water becomes less nutritious. However I’m not sure how correct it is, as I’ve found a comparison table between the water of young and old coconuts in which the nutrients are similar, except of potassium (see here). When I buy mature coconut, I like to drink the water of it as well.

      As for your first question: I guess you mean other suggestions of healthy drinks other than plain water or coconut water. I was asked a similar question by another reader named Sheryl, and you can find my reply to her in the comments sections of this article.

  27. joe says:

    coconut water is acidic. It has a PH of 4.5.

  28. Becca says:

    What brand coconut water is best to drink?and how much a day
    Thanks

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Becca, I’m not associated with any brand or company and brands vary between countries so I can’t recommend specific brand. Always read the product label to see what it contains. Choose plain coconut water and avoid those with added sugar or juices. As for how much to drink a day – there is no established recommended daily intake of coconut water, but moderation should apply. Although coconut water is good for you, some sources say it is rich in sugars and saturated fats, so you want to restrict consumption to avoid putting on weight, so probably one or two servings a day is fine.

  29. Lita GUINTO Salada says:

    We have a lot of coconut trees in the Philippines…Every day you can drink it as long as you want.It is really good in our body. Good for your
    kidney used as cleansing..

  30. maria luz v. tamparong says:

    is it good for stroke patients,

    • Jenny Hills says:

      Hi Maria, I’m not aware of risks associates with coconut water, but since I’m not a doctor, it’s always a good idea to speak to your doctor to be on the safe side of things.

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