Coconut Water Benefits

Coconut Water Benefits

Young Green Coconut

Coconut Water is one of the healthiest drinks around. People adore the natural flavor and its all-natural appeal. While new to America, coconut water benefits are no surprise to tropical islanders and Latin Americans that have been drinking it for centuries. Coconut water products range from pure coconut water to flavored varieties to those with real pulp. Aside from its natural, sweet taste, this thirst-quenching drink is also popular thanks to all of the coconut water health benefits that we’ll discuss here.

The fact that coconut water has many health benefits is not at all surprising since coconuts themselves also do wonders for our bodes. So, what are the health benefits of coconut water? First, let’s talk about its nutritional value. After understanding its nutritional properties, you’ll easily understand the various health benefits.

Coconut Water Benefits – Nutrition – Electrolytes

Coconut water has the five electrolytes that are already in our bodies. This includes potassium, magnesium, phosphorous, sodium and calcium. All of these electrolytes help in certain functions of our body. Also, being a natural health drink, coconut water does not contain any preservatives, fats or cholesterol. This makes it a good drink for everybody regardless of your conditions.

For instance, coconut water contains a considerable amount of potassium – about 295mg – far more than any other sports drinks and energy drinks, which contain only about 117mg of potassium.

Electrolyte Drinks (Like Coconut Water) Help Lower Blood Pressure

One thing you may not know is that hypertension, or high blood pressure, is oftentimes caused by an electrolyte imbalance. Many hypertensive patients only worry about sodium, but all of the electrolytes take part in the “blocking” of ducts in our veins. Fortunately, coconut water has all five electrolytes, unlike your favorite sports drink.

Studies have shown that drinking coconut water directly lowers blood pressure in 71% of people![1] So if you’re hypertensive, start each day with a bottle of coconut water, which will help balance your electrolytes after your overnight “fast” that occurs when you sleep and use up your electrolytes.

Coconut Water Benefits – Nutrition – Low Sugar Content

Coconut Water Benefits - Low in Sugar

Low in Sugar!

By now, you should certainly know that processed sugar, especially high fructose corn syrup and fructose in general, are responsible for the massive growth in obesity rates happening in the Western World.

While coconut water does have some sugar content, it is nowhere nearly as potent or dangerous as that of sodas, sports drinks, or even processed juices like apple juice that contain no fiber. According to the chief of United nation’s Food and Agriculture, coconut water contains about 5mg of Natural Sugars whereas all the other drinks contain about 10-25mg of refined sugars.

These refined sugars wreak havoc on your body due to their simple nature, cause your blood sugar levels to spike, thus causing an insulin spike, and thus finally causing that horrific process known as fat storage. Stop drinking sugar-infested drinks that rot your teeth and cardiovascular system and start drinking some natural coconut water each morning.

Coconut Water Benefits – So Healthy it Can Be Used Intravenously

In tropical countries, coconut water has long been used as a remedy for all types of illness. In an emergency, it can even be used as an intravenous treatment for immediate hydration![2]

Coconut Water Benefits – Healthy Skin

We’re always concerned with the way we look – and our skin is one of our most shining examples of having vibrant health. There’s good news here – Coconut water also has an effect on the skin. Here are some benefits of coconut water for the skin:

  • Coconut water adds moisture to our skin. Many lotions and facial moisturizers have this in their formulas – and those are great – but they also only work on the outside. Drinking coconut water hydrates your skin from the inside. Aside from this, coconut water also helps remove excessive oil in the skin and in the scalp. Again, this is why so many conditioners and shampoos make use of coconut water.
  • Coconut water can cure acne scars. This is possible thanks to coconut water’s cleansing and toning effects on the skin. Unlike the above bullet point, we’re talking about topical treatment now. You can apply coconut water on your face everyday then see how it goes.

Coconut Water Health Benefits – Weight Loss / Fat Loss

Coconut Water Health Benefits - Weight Loss

Best Coconut Water Ever!

I’m going to put it straight to you here. Coconut water does contain sugar, and too much sugar promotes obesity, especially if eaten at the wrong times. However, coconut is far healthier than the alternative sport drinks, sodas, and even commercial fruit juices and juice boxes.

First off, coconut water contains fiber, which slows the absorption of the sugars. This is critical, since other sugary drinks and even fruit juices do not contain fiber, and those fast-digesting sugars lead to fast fat-storage.

Second, there is simply less total sugar in coconut water than there are in the other drinks mentioned above, so if you substitute it for your daily sports drink, you will be taking in far blood-sugar-spiking sugars.

  • Coconut water contains a high amount of water along with its electrolytes. As we all know, water keeps our bodies hydrated. As a result, the metabolism rate in our bodies remains high. Due to this fact, water is a big help in maintaining one’s health. This is also the same with coconut water.
  • Coconut water has a good effect on thyroid function. There are people that can not burn fat because of thyroid issues; drinking coconut water can be good for them.
  • Coconut water does contain many calories compared to the other commercial drinks in the market.

Coconut Water Benefits – Hangover Prevention and Remedy

Another controversial use of coconut water is for hangovers. You might find this use very weird. However, people say that coconut water is actually very effective in preventing or curing hangovers. When you drink too much, chances would be you’ll urinate frequently. As a result, you will get dehydrated and deplete your electrolyte stores in the process. There are two of the main causes of hangovers. Once you drink coconut water, it will rehydrate your body thanks to the water and replenish electrolytes more than all commercial sports drinks.

Other coconut water benefits include:

  • Coconut water cures or prevents kidney or bladder stones. Some people say that when you drink coconut water on a daily basis, the best results are achieved.
  • Coconut water has anti-viral, anti-fungal and antibacterial properties.
  • The pH of coconut water is isotonic with our blood. Because of this, coconut water can be used as a plasma substitute in extreme emergencies.
  • Coconut water contains lauric acid; a substance that can be found in baby’s milk. This is why it can also be used as a substitute to processed baby milk.
  • Infants are given coconut water to get rid of their intestinal worms. This is as effective as the anthelmintic medicines in the market. But since it is natural, it is actually much safer.
  • Cholera patients are also recommended to drink a glass or two of this natural drink; it may be helpful for them since coconut water contains albumen.
  • Coconut water is a great and natural way to prevent acid reflux.
  • It also aids in digestion.
  • One of the benefits of coconut water is it also improves blood circulation.
  • It also boosts your immune system.

So there you have it, the benefits of drinking coconut water. From blood pressure to hangovers to skin health – this delicious stuff has it all!

[1] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15892382
[2] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10674546

29 Comments to “Coconut Water Benefits”

  1. Bilal 08. Jul, 2011 at 9:40 am #

    in my city in Pakistan I dont believe coconut water is easily avaialable, please suggest me how to get it as i am suffering from gastritis since very long.

    Your helpful response shall be highly rewarded by Almighty God. Thanks

    • farah 05. Oct, 2011 at 11:00 am #

      you get coconut in abundance from karachi easily and is also available in lahore

  2. ramil pederio 17. Jul, 2011 at 9:41 am #

    thank you so much for the info regarding the benefits of coconut water which is very helpful.

  3. Erick 21. Jul, 2011 at 4:52 am #

    I Love Coconut water!

    • MG 04. Aug, 2011 at 4:53 pm #

      How ofter, (how many times) per day can we drink it?
      I just heard of this and would love to try it.
      I would imagine, we don’t replace our normal water drinking with this coconut water, all day.
      Any help and suggestions appreciated.
      Where do you get yours?
      I will try GNC and see if they carry it.

      • Admin 04. Aug, 2011 at 4:57 pm #

        There are price comparison widgets all over the site to save you money. The cheapest store depends on what brand you want. See this page:
        http://www.coconutwaterlife.com/where-to-buy-coconut-water

        Drink as much as you want but consider your carb intake. Too much sugar isn’t good – especially late at night!

        It doesn’t replace water – more like supplements it. Thanks!

      • Vern 02. Sep, 2011 at 10:18 am #

        If you live in the states you can order it to your house. vita,zico or One,ect.
        If you live in Canada its a bit more hard to find at reasonable prices and the large producers refuse to deliver up here and need to go threw distributors. try Lawblaws. they started carrying it at a decent price.

        P.s Don’t go to G.N.C for anything. They are so over priced, even with the membership.

      • Sam 21. Sep, 2011 at 12:19 pm #

        You can buy coconit water at any indian grcerry stores.

      • Gino 28. Mar, 2012 at 6:33 am #

        You can drink coconut water anytime you want . Start your day with a nice cold glass of coconut water with your breakfast or a fruit drink made with fresh fruit blended with coconut water!! Man it taste great. Also you can buy coconut water for way better deals using that list on this site thanks!!

  4. Irina 24. Jul, 2011 at 12:08 pm #

    It’s great for digestion!!! One coconut in the morning and bowel movement is perrrrfect!!! Luuuve my coconut: but I like the “hairy” one’s water: though I would drink “young” one of cause
    Thank you for the great article

  5. Kaushal 30. Aug, 2011 at 10:48 pm #

    I am having coconut water daily for last 2 months, in the morning, Haven’t seen any improvement in my Gastric problem, but lets see

    • DilFa 30. Aug, 2012 at 5:11 pm #

      I love, love smoothies, but I think my dateuhgr’s love them even more! Mango smoothies are at the top of the list at my house, but I hadn’t thought about putting unsweetened coconut milk in there! Brilliant idea and most likely give the recipe a great depth of flavor. Thanks for sharing!

  6. judy toft 11. Sep, 2011 at 7:21 am #

    I live in Barbados, where people drink coconut water by the litre, they swear to all its health benefits.

    BUT Barbados also have a very high procent of people with Hypertension and obesity, which don’t add up

    • Admin 05. Oct, 2011 at 9:33 am #

      Obviously there are tons more factors. Correlation does not equal causation. Barbados has a lot of refined sugar and is on a “path of corn” similar to the US. These will easy outweigh any benefits from the coconut.

  7. John 01. Oct, 2011 at 2:25 pm #

    I usually have the worst hangovers! coconut water instantly cures my hangovers. If you are puking try slamming coconut water it instantly helps with calming the stomach to prevent further puking.

  8. DARAMOLA 04. Nov, 2011 at 9:46 am #

    I LOVE CHEWING COCO NUT AND THE TASTE OF THE WATER IS JUST WONDERFUL!

  9. Rolla 20. Nov, 2011 at 6:06 am #

    Could drinking coconut water raise your potassium level to the point that you immediately feel a difference.? I have problems with leg cramps . My daughter suggested trying coconut water. I swear I could feel an instant difference in my well being!!!

    • Admin 20. Nov, 2011 at 5:58 pm #

      Well you answered your own question! Definitely, if you are that depleted. This is huge for a whole slew of things, including blood pressure.

  10. Baby Oshedu 03. Dec, 2011 at 4:17 am #

    For over three years my cholesterol level had been too high (340 or 7.0) without dropping eventhough I am on medication. For the whole month of November, I started taking the natural coconut water fresh from the tree first thing in the morning. When I went in for a lab test the cholesterol level had dropped (150 or 4.3) but I noticed another thing that my blood sugar is also shooting up. Please advise.

  11. Tassar Tada 11. Dec, 2011 at 3:51 am #

    Iam suffering from mild gastritis since one year. Will cocunut water give any beneficial???

    • Admin 11. Dec, 2011 at 7:14 am #

      Only one way to find out…

  12. rita 17. Dec, 2011 at 7:59 am #

    You can buy many varieties at grocery stores now in the juice isle. Don’t worry. They have no additives.

  13. Nettie 07. Feb, 2012 at 11:49 pm #

    I have been drinking cocoanut water for about 8 months. It has been amazing for me because I have suffer from extreme leg cramps since I was a kid, and the cocanut water has helped tremondously. I love it!

    • Mahesh 09. Mar, 2012 at 5:57 pm #

      Drinking water does amazing thgnis for you in seeking to lose weight naturally. After all, there are whole books written on the subject, such as You’re Not Sick, You’re Thirsty . But a few of the benefits include:1) By drinking a glass of water first thing in the morning you rehydrate your body and ignite your metabolism to start the day off right.2) The reason you should drink 16 oz of water before every meal is because you eat up to 15% less calories when you do! 3) Drinking water throughout the day means that you are less likely to snack between meals.4) You don’t necessarily have to drink it. If your diet is primarily made up of water-based foods, you receive water when you are eating. These foods, typically fruits and vegetables, and nutrient-dense yet calorie-poor. So you can get the proper water intake daily by eating the right foods as well as drinking water.Just a few points I wanted to put out there about water.Tony Rovereb4s last [type] ..

  14. Lc 26. Feb, 2012 at 11:35 am #

    Im in south Florida but a little over a year now I’ve been transitioning to eating healthy and more natural. I’ve been drinking Coconut water and using Coconut oil on my skin and the difference is beyond amazing. I’ve been doing this for a year so it is a slow process to see and feel a difference. I’ve had acne scars but coconut oil every day has greatly improved every inch of my body even my hair. I would suggest adding natural coconut to anyone’s diet regardless of your health issues. Its a healthy treat for your body.

  15. charito 31. Mar, 2012 at 10:46 pm #

    Just think you are drinking pure water that has not been touch by anything except the coconut meat itself.. I called it the cleanest and healtiest water in the world. I just hope manufacturing company will not add anything on it. Or it can’t be called virgin H2O anymore. If you want to be healthy and look younger drink Coconut Water.

  16. Aura 27. May, 2012 at 1:04 am #

    I live in malaysia and I started drinking coconuts because it is a very refreshing drink for a such a hot weather…they have some with a very special aroma…knowing about the coconuts benefits I will enjoy them even more… Thanks for the information very useful

  17. estelle 08. Aug, 2012 at 6:35 am #

    Many thanks for the info on the health benefits. I use to take coco water for granted, now I drink 2-3 fresh coco water every single day. It’s so refreshing.

  18. evelyn 12. Sep, 2013 at 7:21 am #

    You will not believe it, my brother turned me on to it, and now I love it. I used to get it at CVS and the discontinued selling it, ( the Zico brand). That’s the one I like best. So I just didn’t buy any other brand. Well I was surprised to find it at the .99 cent Store, and believe u me I stocked up on it. I am so happy I found it again and at a price that I was flabbergasted.

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