Coconut water refers to the clear liquid contained in the interior cavity of young green coconuts. It is obtained by cutting coconuts that are about 5-7 months and ac-cessing the water inside them. The coconuts are cross-sectionally cut at the top by a skilled person. Coconut water can then be sipped directly from the coconut shell us-ing a drinking straw or it can be served in a glass or a bowl.
Coconut water is quite a refreshing drink. It is a drink that you can take on hot summer afternoons to quench your thirst and boost your energy levels. You can buy coconut water at your local supermarket and take it with you to drink. If you how-ever happen to be at a tropical beach in summer then that is your chance to taste an even better coconut water. Coconut trees mostly do well in coastal tropical areas.
Coconut water has a sweet taste and is nutritious. It is a drink that is suitable for people of all ages.
Benefits of coconut water
Coconut water has various health and nutrition benefits. These benefits are as de-scribed below:
Coconut water helps in rehydration
Coconut water is rich in electrolytes which are useful in rehydrating the body when water has been lost from the body due to situations like diarrhoea or other illnesses. It contains adequate amounts of potassium and sodium which help in restoring elec-trolyte balance in the body following dehydration.
Coconut water is usually given to people with diarrhoea to drink in some parts of the world. Research has even found coconut water to have a higher osmolarity than oral rehydration salts. It however should not be a complete substitute for oral rehy-dration salts as it is lower in sodium compared to oral rehydration salts.
Coconut water contains important vitamins
Coconut water is an important source of vitamin B1 (Thiamin), vitamin B2 (Ribo-flavin), vitamin B3 (Niacin), vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine) and folates. These vitamins are essential in helping the body break down and release energy from food alongside other functions. Vitamin B6 for example is useful in the formation of hemoglobin, the component of blood that transports oxygen to other parts of the body.
Coconut water contains enzymes which help in digestion
Coconut water contains certain bioactive enzymes that aid in breakdown of food. These enzymes include RNA polymerases, diastase, dehydrogenase, acid phospha-tase, peroxidase, and catalase. All these enzymes are useful in digestion and metabo-lism.
Coconut water contains useful cytokinins
Coconut water contains cytokinins like kinetin and trans-zeatin. Cytokinins are hormones found in plants that help in cell division within the plants. The cytokinins found in coconut water help in preventing aging. They also help prevent clotting of blood and are anti-carcinogenic. Because of its anti-clotting properties, coconut wa-ter prevents the formation of plaques thereby preventing heart attacks and other cardiovascular conditions.
Coconut water helps in the formation of strong bones
Coconut water is rich in calcium and phosphorus alongside other minerals. Calcium and phosphorus are both essential in the formation of strong and healthy bones. De-ficiency in these minerals could lead to conditions of the bone like osteoporosis. Consumption of coconut water is therefore essential for healthy bones.
Coconut water is beneficial to kidney health
Drinking coconut water helps in preventing the formation of kidney stones. It in ad-dition helps in dissolving already existing kidney stones. Coconut water is rich in magnesium and a diet rich in magnesium is useful in preventing kidney stones. Co-conut water also has diuretic properties which lead to the production of urine and help flush out excessive minerals from one’s kidney.