Benefits of coconut water

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Summer brings along with it many green recommendations and coconut water happens to be one of the most popular ones. However, this godsend natural drink is not specific to summer only and can be drunk all-round the year. One of the good things about this drink is it is not over hyped or more authentically, it cannot be over hyped because the essential goodness that the drink brings into your life is stupendous and the more you praise it, the less you will seem to have captured its vitality. But given the superficial times that we live in today, coconut water is probably our second or third choice after various carbonated drinks we swear by. Most of us do not even realize what a blessing it is to have natural coconut water so easily available all around the country at a reasonable or should I say, cheap price. In some of the most developed countries in the world, due to the scarcity of it people actually buy this drink in packaging paying a huge price for it. I wonder if we do not realize the value of coconut water which in materialistic terms is equivalent to liquid gold because we get it so cheap. The best things in life indeed come for free.

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Going by the benefits of coconut water it is probably imperative that we first take into the facts of it. So coconut water refers to that juice present in the inner cavity of the endosperm of a young, green, healthy and undamaged coconut. This juice which is popularly known as coconut water will vary relatively in taste and composition according to how old the coconut is. This drink is not specific to any region or continent; it has a customer base throughout the world and is globally valued for its nutritious and health benefits. The sweet and sterile liquid has a valuable chemical composition including sugar, vitamins, minerals, phyto-hormones, electrolytes, amino acids, enzymes, cytokine etc. The quantity of water in a coconut usually varies from 200 ml to 1000 ml depending multiple factors like type, size, age of a coconut. In India it is popularly said that the young coconuts are the best ones. In fact if a nut is more than five months old then its taste will be bitter and without any nutrients. The mature coconuts have less quantity of water and its endosperm will thicken into a kind of white edible meat, which is kernel. Some love to have the kernel separately. In fact the coconut milk that is available in the market is the juice drawn out of this kernel and therefore it is very different from coconut water and should not be confused.

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Like it has been mentioned before it is one of the most popular summer drinks as it is packed with essential goodness apt to fight dehydration, like electrolytes and minerals. Coconut water is also known to have miraculous anti-ageing benefits. In fact going by the research findings, there is a certain element called cytokinins in the coconut water, such as kinetin and trans-zeatin which have amazing anti-ageing benefits along with anti-carcinogenic (prevents cancer) and anti-thrombotic (prevents clot formation) results. Coconut water also acts as a remedy for patients suffering from diarrhea as it is used as a medicine in many tropical countries for the condition which results into huge water loss from the body and leads to dehydration. Coconut water hydrates the body replacing the fluid loss from gastrointestinal tract, and therefore is a natural alternative to intravenous therapy. However, the osmolarity of coconut water is greater than WHO recommended ORS or Oral Rehydration Therapy and is the additional biological constituents like minerals, enzymes, fatty acids that probably accounts for this slightly higher osmolarity. The coconut water is also low in sodium and chloride as compared to WHO-ORS. It is very rich in sugar and amino acids. The fluid condition which is naturally well balanced is an ideal drink to fight dehydration instead of resorting to any other soft drinks or carbonated beverages.

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Coconut water also presents us with naturally occurring bioactive enzymes, which in turn helps in digestion and metabolism. Dehydrogenase, diastase, peroxidase, catalase, acid phosphatase and RNA-polymerases are some of the enzymes. Though the water is very light in consistency when compared to the juices of other fruits like oranges but coconut water is very rich in minerals, some of them being calcium, iron, manganese, magnesium, zinc etc. Even various B-complex vitamins like thiamin, riboflavin, pyridoxine, folates, niacin etc. find its source in the coconut water. At an age where we actually take pills to compensate for these vitamins, this is actually a naturally occurring drink which has a composition that you cannot trust any other external sources to provide. The condition of electrolyte deficiency that the body faces during diarrhea is compensated by the fact that every 100 ml of coconut water has 250 mg of potassium and 105 mg of sodium. Coconut water also comes with water-soluble anti-oxidant. You can find a small percentage of Vitamin C there as Ascorbic acid too makes a part of the composition along with all the other essential elements that makes it to the list.

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