If you have travelled to any Asian country, you have probably encountered those large, green coconuts getting chopped off the tree and served to you straight away with a straw. This provides you with the ultimate holiday feeling, but besides the delicious taste, coconut water is extremely healthy which resulted in being the drink of the moment.
- The coconut plant belongs to the Arecaceae family of palm trees, and has the scientific name: Cocos nucifera. Each nut may contain about 200 to 1000 ml of water depending on cultivar type and size
- In general, the young and slightly immature coconuts (5-7 months) gathered from the coconut tree are the perfect supplier of its juice
- Coconut water is a natural isotonic drink that provides many of the same benefits as formulated sports drinks, including the electrolytes calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, sodium and potassium
- It makes skin smoother and more youthful-looking. It’s a natural source of cytokinins, a group of plant growth hormones that help regulate cell growth, development and ageing. Rich in potassium, antioxidants and lauric acid, cytokinins are said to balance pH levels, strengthen and hydrate connective tissues and even reduce the risk of age-related diseases
- According to the UN, coconut water’s chemical profile is so similar to blood plasma it has been used intravenously to save lives in developing countries and during World War II
- Research shows that coconut water can improve blood circulation, lower elevated blood pressure and reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes
- Coconut water is a natural diuretic and is said to prevent urinary tract infections (UTIs) and kidney stones