Drinks of choice for Brazilians and many sportsmen, coconut water concentrates many benefits in few calories.
Effectively, the health benefits of coconut water are numerous.
Drinking warm water with a few drops of lemon in fasting, has been one of the major fashions of recent years. However, now there is coconut water that promises to take full advantage of the water with lemon.
Coconut water is, in fact, one of the beverages of the moment, being fashionable also in Portugal . Known for being one of nature’s best sources of electrolytes, it is dubbed the “natural Gatorade”, and considered the ideal drink for sportsmen.
At nutritional level, it is an excellent source of vitamins, ( vitamin A , vitamin C and B vitamins), minerals, ( potassium , phosphorus,magnesium , calcium and sodium), and phytohormones that have biological properties important for the proper functioning of the body.
In addition to these micronutrients, it also contains a small amount of protein , fiber , simple sugars and lipids.
However, it should be noted that coconut lipids, although saturated, are easily digested, metabolized and used as a source of energy by the body and pose no health risks.
Coconut water occurs abundantly even in the green fruit, when the pulp is still undeveloped. Its nutritional value and flavor therefore vary according to the maturation stage, the more mature the coconut is, the less water and more pulp it provides.
A medium green coconut provides about 300 ml of coconut water, containing about 50-60 kcal, derived mainly from simple carbohydrates (sugars).
COCONUT WATER – 10 BENEFITS
1. HIGH MOISTURIZING POWER
All beverages (except alcohol) are moisturizing. The advantage of coconut water is that it contains large amounts of sodium and potassium, electrolytes essential for rehydration after intense physical exertion.
In fact, according to a study in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition, coconut water works as an isotonic drink because it helps to regain body fluids that we lose through perspiration during a 60-minute physical activity.
Containing 94% water, coconut water is therefore a viable alternative to any sport drink, since it moisturizes the body, providing few calories and fat.
Coconut water is also used as (re) hydrating in gastrointestinal disease, acting as an emergency substitute for intravenous (IV) fluid replacement solutions and body electrolytes.
2. REDUCES BLOOD PRESSURE
3. TONES AND MOISTURIZES THE SKIN
4. INCREASES METABOLISM
5. IMPROVES RENAL FUNCTION
6. FACILITATES DIGESTION
7. PROTECTS AGAINST VARIOUS TYPES OF CANCER
Because the phytohormones present in coconut water have anticancer potential, coconut water may represent an innovative therapy in the treatment of some types of cancer, such as breast and skin cancer.
9. STRENGTHENS THE IMMUNE SYSTEM
Coconut water helps increase your immunity against infections and helps remove toxins that are harmful to our body.
10. IT HAS ANTI AGING PROPERTIES
Due to the presence of antioxidants that can help fight free radicals in their makeup, coconut water helps slow down the aging process and boost your immune system, making it more resistant to disease.
In short, taking into account all the benefits of coconut water enunciated, we can say that our body thanks, and much, that we ingest this food regularly!