Benefits of Coconut Water
An influx of antioxidants and electrolytes.
Coconut water is packed with nutrients that offer a multitude of health benefits seldom found in other liquids.
Drinking a glass of coconut water can go a long way to boosting your energy levels. The vitamin rich fluid provides your body with an influx of antioxidants and electrolytes – a much healthier alternative than the caffeine from energy drinks or a cup full of coffee. Coconut water is also much more effective at hydrating the human body. During strenuous exercise, the human body loses mineral-rich fluids. Coconut water serves as a great replacement with over 200 mg of potassium and 5 mg of natural sugar per glass. Most sports drinks only contain half of the potassium content and many times the amount of processed sugar. In addition, the sodium count is only 25 mg, which is relatively low compared to the 41 and 20 mg found in sports drinks and energy drinks respectively.
Applying coconut water directly on your skin will keep it hydrated as well as balance pH levels. This leads to clearing of acne and reduced signs of aging, stretch marks, and cellulite. Certain cases of eczema have been effectively treated with coconut water. Coconut water also moisturizes the skin from within and eliminates large amounts of oil. Many products including facial creams, shampoos, conditioners and lotions contain coconut extract to improve effectiveness.
Lower Blood Pressure
In many cases, imbalances in the electrolyte levels in the body can result in high blood pressure. By drinking coconut water at the start of each day, you will get the correct balance of electrolytes (potassium, magnesium, vitamin C) and avoid hypertension.
Tons of Nutrients
Coconut water contains five essential electrolytes that are needed in the human body. These include: calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium and sodium. Because of its unique composition, coconut water can be enjoyed by individuals with varying medical conditions. Coconut water is also rich in dietary fiber, enzymes, vitamin C, magnesium, and amino acids. Coconut water is also the world’s most abundant source of lauric acid.
“When lauric acid is present in the body, it is converted into monolaurin, a monoglyceride compound which exhibits antiviral, antimicrobial, antiprotozoal and antifungal properties. It acts by disrupting the lipid membranes in organisms like fungus, bacteria and viruses, thus destroying them. Pure coconut oil contains about 50 percent lauric acid, and is the most abundant natural source of lauric acid available.” –Natural News