There is a lot of good to be said about coconut water and, apparently, it is fast developing into a worldwide trend. Even pop superstar Madonna has invested millions of dollars into coconut water brand Vita Coco to help promote the drink globally.
People living in tropical countries have an advantage when it comes to accessing this so-called “miracle drink” as coconuts grow just about everywhere. In seaside communities, where coconut trees grow in profusion, the drink is almost always free. In countries where there are four seasons, however, getting ahold of fresh coconut water can be quite a challenge — and if available in stores, rather pricey. Still, given that it is a very good and arguably a lot healthier alternative to drinking water, everyone is encouraged to have this refreshing drink on their tables no matter the season.
But why is there a fuss over coconut water, anyway? Here are top 3 benefits of coconut water and why everyone should be drinking it.
It is Rich in Vitamins and Minerals
Drinking fresh coconut water means treating your body to a range of nutrients and supplements that will aid in achieving a much healthier body from inside. Some of the most prominent nutrients include potassium, which helps lower blood pressure in the arteries, vitamin C, which helps boost our immune system and shield the body from potential ailments, glucose, which is a natural sugar that helps boost energy, and vitamin B, which aids in the reformation of damaged or worn-out tissue cells.
According to the US Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, information that coconut water may be healthier than actual water (H2O) is arguable, as a cup of coconut water can contain some 46 calories, as opposed to pure water’s zero calorie count. Both drinks boast of electrolytes, though, so when it comes to thirst-quenching and hydration, both suffice nicely. The same institution also says that one of the benefits of coconut water is that it is healthier than fruit juice, which has double the calorie content of the former. In addition, coconut water also has twice more potassium content than any kind of fresh fruit juice out there.
It Helps Lower Arterial Blood Pressure
Because coconut water is rich in potassium and magnesium, it is a perfect drink for those wanting to maintain cardiovascular health. Several studies have shown the regularly consuming fresh coconut juice can help reduce the risk of heart attacks. How? Coconut water regulates the flow of blood and can prevent the formation of arterial plaques, which block blood passageways and cause stroke. And because of its nutritional content, coconut juice also introduces good cholesterol into the body.
It can Aid in Proper Digestion
Coconut water is said to be rich in the enzymes that help in metabolism and easier digestion, including folic acid, catalase, diastase, phosphatase, peroxidase, RNA polymerase and others. It can also serve as a natural treatment to bloating and flatulence. According to research by the School of Medical Science at University Sains Malaysia, coconut water may even be better than most top sports drinks in improving internal body function and performance because it leads to fewer reports to stomach upset, fullness and nausea commonly experienced when drinking the likes of Gatorade.
At this point, it is very important to note that the best kind of coconut water is that from fresh young coconuts — the green ones. Several grocers sell coconuts as they are, but there are also those that distribute commercially packaged coconut water — which, while still containing some of the nutrients, still pale in comparison to drinking the real, unprocessed, deal.