Coconut Water: Health Benefits

Drinks of choice for Brazilians and many sportsmen, coconut water concentrates many benefits in few calories.

Coconut Water: Health Benefits

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

Recent studies have shown that regular consumption of coconut water helps to reduce systolic blood pressure (maximal) in hypertensive patients and has protective effects in myocardial infarction, effects that are due to the high potassium content of this beverage.

3. TONES AND MOISTURIZES THE SKIN

Coconut water, when applied to the skin, tones and moisturizes the skin, lightens blemishes and reduces acne . In fact, many facial creams contain coconut extract in its composition because of its effectiveness in making the skin look more beautiful and younger.

4. INCREASES METABOLISM

Drinking coconut water regularly seems to help accelerate metabolism in a natural way, improving energy levels and helping the body to burn fat faster.

5. IMPROVES RENAL FUNCTION

In case of kidney stones and urinary tract infections, coconut water helps maintain acid-base balance in the kidneys and reduce the size of the stones, eventually pushing them out of the urinary system.

6. FACILITATES DIGESTION

For those who have digestion problems, coconut water also brings benefits, helping in the absorption of food and reducing the occurrence of acid reflux.

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!