In recent years, everyone from street vendors to Madonna, have been jumping on board the coconut water bandwagon and can’t seem to get enough of this ‘fluid of life’.
So why all the fuss? Is coconut water really as good as everyone claims, or is it just a fad that’s making people go crazy for the coco?
With a list of health benefits stretching well beyond your average fad diet, it seems like coconut water may be the real deal.
Here’s the List of the Benefits….
Coconut water is the clear 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 skeptical wondering whether it’s the best thing since, well, spring water!
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 a natural way to hydrate and cool down your body after a workout. It means you don’t get that post sugar come down you tend to get from unnatural, sugary energy drinks.
Coconut water is also good news for those who conscious of their aging skin. It contains plant hormones (cytokines), which regulate growth and cell division. Scientific studies have concluded that it has an anti-aging effect on human cells and tissues. Therefore, a diet rich in cytokines is said to slow down the aging process and lead to a lower risk of degenerative and age-related diseases.
Great for the Waistline
Coconut water is also great for the waistline because it’s fat-free, low in calories and cholesterol free – meaning it’s good for your waistline and your heart.
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%.
It’s not surprising people are going crazy for the coconut, given that it has so many health benefits. After all, the best gift we can give our bodies always comes from Mother Nature.
Have you tried coconut water? If so, do you feel that it lives up to the hype? Share your views by commenting below!
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