Over the last few years, everyone from street vendors to Madonna have been getting on the coconut water bandwagon and can’t seem to get enough of this “fluid of life”.
So what’s all the fuss about? Is it really as good as everyone claims, or just a craze that’s making people go loco for the coco?
However, with a list of health benefits stretching well beyond your average fad diet, it seems like coconut water is the real deal.
Let’s Look At The Benefits….
Coconut water is the liquid inside young coconuts (not to be confused with the fatty flesh on the sides of the coconut, which is coconut milk). Besides its slightly sweet and refreshing taste, there’s a whole host of benefits that will leave even the most sceptical wondering whether it’s the best thing since, well, water!
Firstly, coconut water has been dubbed “Nature’s Gatorade” due to its thirst quenching properties. It’s overflowing with potassium (15 times more than energy drinks!), making it a highly effective and natural way to hydrate and cool down your body after a workout. It also means you don’t get that post sugar come down you tend to get from other energy drinks.
Great For The Waistline
Another reason it gets a big thumbs-up is because it’s also fat-free, low in calories and cholesterol free – meaning it’s good for your waistline and your heart.
For the more beauty conscious, it also contains plant hormones (cytokinins), which regulate growth and cell division. Scientists have concluded that for humans, it has an anti-aging effect on human cells and tissues. Therefore, a diet rich in cytokinins is said to slow down the aging process and lead to a lower risk of degenerative and age-related diseases.
Get Some Natural Healing
Coconut water has been used for healing and medical treatment in remote parts of the world, way before Madonna started drinking it in an effort to stay youthful and hydrated.
It seems countries with limited access to medical treatment have been using coconut water for intravenous hydration and resuscitation of critically ill patients for over half a century. It has also been used to treat patients with kidney and urethral stones, used topically to treat cataracts, and in one study, research even showed that it can lower your blood pressure by 71%.
Given all these benefits, it’s not surprising people are going crazy for the coconut! After all, the best gift we can give our bodies always comes from Mother Nature.
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