Coconut water, the clear liquid found inside the coconut, is on the hot list because if its potential nutritional benefits.
Actually, coconut water has played a role in traditional medicine for centuries; it's believed to treat health problems like asthma, baldness, burns, colds, fever, scurvy, tuberculosis, and more. Today's coconut water advocates boast that it treats dehydration, bladder infections, kidney stones, and diabetes, among other things. But can coconut water truly live up to its expectations?
Coconut Water Nutrition
Coconut water possesses unique nutritional qualities, according to a scientific review published in the journal, Molecules by researchers from Singapore's Nanyang Technological University. In addition to its array of sugars, vitamins, minerals and amino acids, coconut water contains phytohormones - compounds that regulate plant growth. For this reason, it is often added to support plant growth, for example, in orchids.
Phytohormones also have antioxidant and anti-platelet properties, anti-ageing effects, and positive effects on treating neurological diseases like Alzheimer's disease. In addition, the basic composition of coconut water can replenish the body's electrolytes lost through sweat, serving as a natural rehydration drink. In fact, coconut water's electrolyte levels so closly match that of human blood, it's been used as an emergency intravenous solution for hydration.
While emerging science points out that coconut water does have unique health benefits, it's a stretch to believe that it's a cure-all. But considering you can gain a load of nutrients for only 46 calories per cup, you might find sipping coconut water to be a better option than today's pumped up, artificially dyed and sweetened energy drinks.
Coconut Water's Notable Nutrients
Per 1-cup (240 grams)
- Calories: 46
- Vitamin C: 5.8 milligrams (10 percent DV)
- Riboflavin: 0.1 milligrams (8 percent DV)
- Calcium: 48 milligrams (6 percent DV)
- Magnesium: 60 milligrams (15 percent DV)
- Potassium: 600 milligrams (17 percent DV)
- Sodium: 252 milligrams (11 percent DV)
- Fiber: 2.6 grams (11 percent DV)
DV: Daily Value
Taste Nirvana Real Coconut Water and Vita Coco 100 Percent Pure Coconut Water are current popular brands available on the market.
Coconut Zinger Juice
This is a great beverage to start your day with, or have for that afternoon pick-me-up. A wonderful and healthful blend of energizing fruits and vegetables.
2 cups coconut water
2 lemons, peeled, seeded, halved
2 carrots, chopped
2 apples, quartered
2 beet roots, scrubbed, quartered
1 cup ice cubes
Place all ingredients into a blender. Puree until well blended and smooth, then blend on high for about one minute, or until desired consistency is reached.
Vitamix Instructions. Place all ingredients into a Vitamix container in the order listed and secure lid. Select Variable 1. Turn machine on and slowly increase speed to Variable 10, then to High. Blend for 1 minute or until desired consistency is reached.
Disclosure: We have no affiliation with the manufacturers mentioned above.
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