With the simple coconut, Mother Nature has once again proven that her gardens yield everything necessary to promote and sustain optimal health and well-being. Although the water from this remarkable tropical fruit has been enjoyed by the people of these regions for centuries, research into the many health benefits to be had has sparked renewed enthusiasm among the health conscious of the world.
Coconut water is naturally rich in all of the elements usually contained in formulated sports drinks including calcium, phosphorus, sodium, magnesium and potassium, which are the five electrolytes essential to the body’s recovery from dehydration or strenuous exercise. However, it has none of the additives often found in sports drinks and is low on sugar, which makes it ideal for strength and fitness enthusiasts looking to gain lean muscle mass without gaining fat. For those simply wanting to adopt a healthier lifestyle, the amino acids, antioxidants, B-complex vitamins, iron, manganese and zinc that are also crammed into this ultimate thirst quencher promises an impressive list of health benefits.
The Controlling Nature of the Coconut
Reliable studies have found that thanks to its magnesium, vitamin C and, particularly, its potassium content, coconut water can help to control high blood pressure. Further good news for the heart is that coconut water helps with lowering low-density lipoprotein, or ‘bad’ cholesterol, but promotes high-density lipoprotein, or ‘good’ cholesterol levels. With the added ability to improve circulation, the formation of plaque in arteries is reduced and the risk of heart disease or stroke is, therefore, lessened. Other health benefits are equally impressive.
Besides giving the immune system a powerful boost, coconut water can improve skin and hair health and also has unique anti-aging properties due to its rich source of cytokinins. This is a plant hormone that is also thought to prevent some forms of cancer. Antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties keep the kidneys and urinary tract free from infections, while the rich source of calcium can help to prevent osteoporosis.
The Losing Effects of Coconut Water
Coconut water is low on calories, which makes is a refreshing means of weight control. Added to this are various bioactive enzymes that make the water easy on the stomach, while it aids digestion and boosts fat metabolism. The potassium content also helps to balance sodium levels, which can cause water retention if too high, leading to the added burden of water weight. As coconut water helps to flush this excess water from the system, it also assists in ridding the body of toxins.
A Toast to Good Health
With its amazing ability to replenish electrolytes and rapidly rehydrate the body, coconut water is an effective natural remedy for treating hangover headaches, which are usually triggered by dehydration. Studies have also shown that the high magnesium levels in the coconut water can be effective in soothing migraines and reducing their frequency.
Vita Coco has captured all of the nutritional magic of coconut water and offers it in its natural state, or tastefully blended with ever-popular flavours like latte and mocha. Using these Vita Coco products in place of the usual milky iced mocha drinks means savouring all of the flavour with far fewer calories. Glowing good health has never tasted better.