What is Coconut Water Good For?

I often wonder how the first person who drank coconut water figured out it’s existence. The water is not visible, it’s not easy to get to, yet people all over regularly have this drink. Why? What is coconut water good for anyway?

Let’s find out.

The Coconut

The coconut is utilized at various stages of maturation. There is the fully matured dry coconut and there is the green coconut.

Although the dry coconut contains water, this is not usually the one that we drink.

mature dried coconut whole and cracked open

The dry coconut is used to produce coconut milk. This is different from the coconut water. The coconut milk is made from blending the white meat of the dry coconut.

The coconut water that we want to drink is contained in the green or yellowing coconut. If it wasn’t such a delicious and refreshing drink, persons would probably not even bother with it because as mentioned before it is not easy to get to.

First of fall, for the most part, the trees are very tall and difficult to climb. Usually if you are climbing a tall tree, you need lots of branches and limbs to help you get up. For most trees, you can pick fruit as you go along up the tree but not so with the coconut. All the fruits are bunched up at the top of the tree….and how on earth do you climb this…

tall coconut tree

If you are very skilled you might be able to make it because after all you really, really want your coconut water.

man climbing coconut tree

After life and limb have been risked, you finally get your coconut but…

coconut

…where is the water? There is no sign of water anywhere. This is where the machete comes in. You have to chop through that thick green outer shell, through the white husk, through another shell to get to the water.

coconut water

Can you now see why I often wonder about that person who first drank coconut water? How on earth did he find it? It is like searching for buried treasure.

But you know what? Despite the difficulty encountered to actually get the coconut water, it is totally worth it.

What’s great about coconut water?

many things that is great about coconut water. Research has shown that apart from being delicious, it is also nutritious.

Just check out the amount of minerals contained in 1 cup of coconut water.

  • Calcium; 57.6 mg, 6%DV
  • Iron; 0.7 mg, 4%DV
  • Magnesium; 60.0 mg, 15%DV
  • Phosphorus; 48.0 mg, 5%DV
  • Potassium; 600mg; 17%DV
  • Sodium; 252 mg, 11%DV
  • Zinc; 0.2 mg, 2%DV
  • Copper; 0.1 mg, 5%DV
  • Manganese; 0.3 mg, 17%DV
  • Selenium; 2.4 mcg, 3%DV

Read more Nutrition facts at: Self Nutrition Data

Anyway, I just want to go ahead and list my three favourite reasons for drinking coconut water.

First of all it is a great thirst quencher.

Many persons have no problem drinking there 8 or so glasses of water per day. I am not one of them. I know we need to keep our bodies hydrated. I coax myself, I warn myself, I set up all sorts of measures to ensure I drink the required amount of water per day but I fail 95% of the time. After a few mouthfuls, I start to struggle.

This is definitely not the case when I am drinking coconut water. Struggling with a few mouthfuls? Not at all. More like “Can I have another glass please”.

If the day is hot and you are very thirsty you will just want to drink and drink and drink your coconut water. It is very delicious and refreshing.

Some coconut water might be sweeter than some. I am not sure why. When I am looking at the coconut I have no clue which might be sweeter. Maybe the stage of maturity makes a difference. But one thing is sure. It is delicious and refreshing

Who needs Sports Drinks?

Sports drinks are popularly used by athletes to replace water and electrolytes lost during and after training or competitions.

Guess what? Coconut water is a perfect substitute for these energy sports drinks providing the necessary water, energy, and the electrolytes potassium and sodium. So who needs sports drinks when we can get all we require from the natural fruit. It is lower in calories than the sports drinks and provides much more potassium.

According to WebMD, ounce per ounce, most unflavored coconut water contains 5.45 calories, 1.3 grams of sugar, 61 milligrams of potassium, and 5.45 milligrams of sodium. In comparison, Gatorade has 6.25 calories, 1.75 grams of sugar, 3.75 milligrams of potassium, and 13.75 milligrams of sodium.

Feel free to go ahead and ditch the sports drinks in favour of good old coconut water.

Reduces High Blood Pressure

Coconut water is known to be helpful in reducing blood pressure. The high potassium content seems to be the major contributor to that reduction.

I have been a firm believer in the benefits of coconut water and high pressure but a recent experience confirmed my belief.

I drink coconut water regularly to keep my blood pressure under control. (I use lifestyle habits and not drug medication to control my blood pressure).

After about three months of good, controlled, pressure my readings suddenly started to be high. I started taking my pressure every day for a week and every day it was high. I was quite perplexed. What was I doing wrong? I was still sticking to a healthy diet, I was exercising but the pressure wasn’t coming down. What more could I do? I was doing the same things that I had been doing for the past three months…….wait a minute. I didn’t restock my coconut water when it ran out almost two weeks before so I had not had any to drink in over 10 days. Could it possibly be……

The next day I hurried to the shop to get my supply of coconut water. I started drinking it the same evening and continued drinking regularly as I used to.

Two days later, my blood pressure went back to normal.

I kid you not!

Day 3, pressure normal.

Day 4, pressure normal

Day 5, pressure normal.

I was a believer before, but now I was doubly convinced. Coconut water is a great drink for people who suffer from high blood pressure.

Final Words

Coconut water is good for many things but even if it was good for only the three reasons listed, it would be enough.

Take up the coconut water habit. Your health will be better for it.

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