One of the latest health trends to hit the US markets in the last few years is the emergence of Coconut Water. This drink is fat-free, sugar free, low calorie, high in electrolytes and aids hydration things that people of the Caribbean, Polynesian and other islands all over the world have known for centuries. But is it really all it’s cracked up to be? We break down the benefits of Coconut Water.
Health Benefits of Coconut Water:
• High in Potassium - Coconut water has high potassium content with each serving contains about 569 mg, which is roughly double the amount in a single banana. This mineral aids blood pressure regulation by acting as an agent to lessen the stimulation that occurs from excess sodium which helps with heart attack and stroke prevention. It's also a good cure for a hangover.
• Source of Vitamins– Coconut water is a rich source of Vitamin B, C and D.
• Contains Cytokinins – Cytokinin are the plant based substances in coconut water that promote cell growth and has effects in the human body like anti-aging and fighting off cell damaging carcinogens.
• Antimicrobial Benefits - Coconut water is has properties of anti-virals, and anti-bacterials/ fungals. Research studies have concluded that coconut water contains small proteins called peptides that eliminate bacteria. It also can settle an upset stomach and has even been used as an intravenous hydration fluid (IV) in some developing countries where medical saline was unavailable.
• Low in Sugar - Coconut water has a much lower sugar count than sports drinks or juices and you still get all of the great electrolyte benefits.
Some marketers have over-hyped the benefits of coconut water leading many to wonder if coconut water is any better than regular H2O. The bottom line is if you like the taste it’s a great alternative to soda, juices and sports drinks. Just check the label to ensure it's not pumped full of preservatives and artificial sugars. Of course fresh from the coconut if available is always the best.