For centuries, people in tropical climates have been using coconut water for its amazing health benefits.
Now that coconut water has become readily available and word of its nutrition capabilities has spread, it’s become a trend. After doing my research I hope this trend is here to stay!
Loaded with antioxidants, amino acids, enzymes, B-complex vitamins, vitamin C, iron, calcium, potassium, magnesium, manganese and zinc, coconut water can help improve your overall health in several ways. This superfood is most well-known for its rehydration properties. Not only does coconut water surpass water and sports drinks at replacing electrolytes, but, it’s low in calories, low in fat and contains less sugar than sports drinks. It can help relieve hangovers and rehydrate those recovering from gastroenteritis. It’s well tolerated by the gastrointestinal tract and most suitable when you’re unable to tolerate food.
The most relatable property of coconut water is its anti-aging effect. This tropical treat contains cytokines that promote cell growth and activation, a crucial role in replacing dead skin cells. It also keeps the skin hydrated reducing the appearance of wrinkles and soft tissue deflation. Coconut water can also be applied directly to the skin to reduce acne and inflammation. The anti-microbial capability makes it an excellent organic alternative for pregnant women and those interested in holistic “medications.”
Rich in Vitamin K, coconut water promotes healthy hair growth and prevents hair loss. In addition, it’s packed with Lauric acid, which helps improve hair strength. It only takes a cup a day to reap these benefits!
In a study by the Journal of Medicinal Food it was found that coconut water had a beneficial effect on lipid metabolism to counteract total cholesterol, LDL (bad cholesterol) and triglycerides. It can also help lower blood pressure and balance out sodium to reduce water retention.
Don’t you want to just bathe in it?!
I highly recommend incorporating young green coconut water into your diet for your skin and overall health. Luckily we’re in South Florida where it’s easily accessible. You can even find it while frolicking on the beach!