Scientific Name- Cocos nucifera
Origin- South East Asia
Other Names- Nariyal Pani (Hindi), Kobbari Bondam Neeru (Telugu), Tenkay Tannir (Tamil), Karikkin Vellam (Malayalam), YeLeneeru (Kannada), and Narikelera Pani (Bengali)
Benefits of Coconut Water
Promotes Cardiovascular Health
Studies have shown that coconut water can reduce the risk of heart attacks, lower blood pressure, and hypertension. Fresh tender coconut water once a day can improve your cardiovascular health.
Word of Caution – Coconut water though low in calories contains 5 grams of sugar in the yield of one coconut. So drink in moderation.
To improve metabolism means to increase burning of calories. Manganese is required for proper metabolism of carbohydrates and fats into energy. Coconut water is a good source of manganese. Hence it helps in improving metabolism.
Prevents Kidney Stone
Kidney stones form when your urine contains more crystal-forming substances — such as calcium, oxalate and uric acid — than the fluid in your urine can dilute. Research has shown that coconut water reduces the amount of crystals deposited in the kidneys, which significantly reduces the occurrence of kidney stones.
Water from a single coconut yield contains 9% of the fiber content recommended for a single day. Fiber is essential for the digestion system to perform well. Since Coconut water is rich in fiber it helps in digestion.
- Balances pH Levels
Coconut water is high in naturally occurring electrolytes like potassium, calcium, and magnesium. These minerals are highly alkaline-forming and support the body’s proper pH balance thus optimise metabolic function.
The typical modern diet is high in processed foods and refined grains and tends to push the body toward a state of excess acidity. This disrupts biochemical balance and also opens the door to numerous health problems that range from minor discomfort to major illness. Coconut water helps to restore a healthy pH balance as it replenishes the body’s alkaline mineral reserve and thus strengthens the immune system and supports overall metabolism.
One of the more promising classes of Phyto compounds in coconut water is known as cytokinins. These plant hormones modulate plant cell division and are believed to have anti-aging properties. One cytokinin known as trans-zeatin has been investigated as a possible new treatment for neuronal diseases including Alzheimer’s disease. According to a recent review on coconut’s value in Alzheimer’s disease, trans-zeatin is capable of preventing the brain cell damaging properties of amyloid-beta brain plaque and related impairments in memory.
Improves Eye Health
Coconut water contains antioxidants as well as magnesium, potassium and other minerals and enzymes which relax the lens proteins, allowing them to realign and become transparent again. Coconut water may be an ideal eyewash or eye drop solution. If it can heal the damage caused by cataract, it may have other beneficial effects on eye health as well. Using it regularly may be an excellent way to prevent cataract, glaucoma, and perhaps other eye problems.
Healthy drink For Pregnant And Breastfeeding Moms
Coconut water is incredibly full of goodness and electrolytes like potassium, magnesium, calcium, sodium and phosphorus that helps restore energy. Coconut water also makes a positive contribution to daily vitamin intake. It is rich in vitamins, especially the B vitamins that are important in pregnancy, as well as trace elements such as zinc, selenium, and manganese. It is also packed full of amino acids, enzymes, antioxidants and cytokinins, which are plant hormones that are thought to have anti-ageing and anti-thrombotic effects. Coconut water contains lauric acid, which is a known immune booster that will be present in the breast milk to help protect the baby while mothers are breastfeeding.
Fatigue and dehydration; muscle spasms and cramps; poor blood circulation, swelling and blood pressure fluctuations are all common issues experienced by pregnant women that regular consumption of coconut water can help to address. It also has the benefit of being particularly soothing along the entire digestive tract and is used to relieve morning sickness, acid reflux, heartburn, and constipation.
Heals Skin Infections
Skin infection is a common problem during the monsoons and summer. Coconut water contains anti-viral, anti-microbial, and anti-fungal properties, which protect the skin from infections like erysipelas, cellulitis and Folliculitis. You can apply the water directly on the skin or add it to your bath water.
Prevents Hair Loss
Coconut water is very useful for treating hair fall. It improves blood circulation in the scalp, strengthening the hair follicles and preventing hair loss.
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