Coconut Water is the most wholesome beverage provided by nature to the people of tropics. The more you explores nature’s Wellsprings the more you are in awe of its goodness. Not only water even the coconut meat is nature’s gift of nourishment.
Before we venture into nature’s fluid of life’s benefits let us first know how nature manufactures it:
Nuts of Coconut Palm trees have two edible parts one is the inner white kernel and other is a clear liquid endosperm (Coconut water). An Immature coconut between six to nine months contains about 750 ml of water that eventually becomes the flesh. During the fifth month the kernel begins to form a thin layer of jelly around the inside of the endosperm or shell. Little by little, the kernel grows and replaces the water by cells storing lipids (Coconut meat). At full maturity (12 months) the amount of coconut water harvested from each nut is about 300ml. The composition of Coconut water varies depending on the stage at which it is harvested.
Composition per 100ml
Fat ˂ 0.1%
Mineral Matter 0.4 %
Phosphorus ˂ 0.01%
It is even considered as Rehydration drink!! Amazing!
According to studies Coconut water can be used as re hydration drink in exercise induced dehydration. The basic ion composition of coconut replenishes the electrolytes lost through sweat.
Well, do you know not all coconuts have sweet water?
Choose tender coconuts as they have around 5.5% of sugars. The sugars found in tender coconuts are glucose and fructose as a result they taste sweeter compared to matured coconuts.
The best part: Nature has fortified coconut water with even vitamins!!
Coconut water contains both Ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) and vitamins of B group. The concentration of Ascorbic acid ranges from 2.2 to 3.7 mg per 100ml, which gradually reduces as the kernel surrounding the water begins to harden. So next time you think of ordering any beverages how about you try this gift of nature.
Nicotinic acid 0.64 μg/ml
Pantothenic acid 0.52 μg/ml
Biotin 0.02 μg/ml
Riboflavin ˂0.01 μg/ml
Folic acid 0.003 μg/ml
Six main benefits of drinking the nature’s fluid of life:
Nature’s Gastroenterologist: If u suffer stomach upset then drink coconut water and see the difference. As it helps in preventing and relieving many health problems including dehydration, constipation, digestive disturbances, malnutrition, fatigue, heatstroke, boils, diarrhoea
Daily intake of Coconut water acts as preventive measure for kidney stones, osteoporosis, and urinary tract infections.
Natural anti aging: The important significant and useful components in coconut water are cytokinins. Researchers have suggested the possibility that consuming a rich source of cytokinins, such as coconut water, may produce an anti-aging effect on the body, reducing risk of developing degenerative and age related diseases
For healthy Skin: Splash your face with Coconut water regularly. Nicotinic acid (niacin) present in coconut water acts as natural toner and anti-aging. Topical application of niacinamide improves the surface structure , shows anti-inflammatory effects in acne, rosacea.
For preventing Skin rashes: Application on the body prevents prickly heat and summer boils and subsides the rashes.
For menopausal women: In a study conducted it was proved that coconut water reduced changes in the brain induced by hormonal imbalances in menopausal women
Natural Source of Calcium and Iron: Coconut water has calcium , iron and Vitamin B9 (Folic acid). Regular intake improves health and cures malnourishment.
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Availability: People living in tropics should not miss out on the goodness of Coconut water. Water in coconuts is in sterile and pure form. So you should prefer drinking directly from the coconuts.
In regions where availability is an issue packed tender coconut water is being imported. Major exporters of the product are Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand.