Benefits of Coconut Water
Published on March 11, 2013, Last Updated on
March 19, 2017
In classic Indian culture, the coconut palm is described as “Kalpavriksha,”
or, “the all giving tree.” I agree with the notion, the coconut palm
is a fantastic tree with many offerings. Its fruit and coconut water
offer many therapeutic
benefits and contributions to human health. 
Coconut water is a natural nutritious beverage and it’s very
popular all over the world. It’s thought to be extremely nutritious
as it contains active compounds and a unique composition of sugars,
vitamins, minerals, amino acids and phytohormones.
A Natural Sports Drink
The recreational, fitness, and sporting worlds are awash with
sports drinks. Remove the marketing and endorsement deals and you’ll
find that most are just overhyped sugar water. Coconut water has
gotten a lot of attention as being a healthy, natural alternative to
sport drinks. Most of this appeal is based upon observations
regarding its hydration capabilities.
Coconut Water: In the Lab
Just as Indian culture places a high value on the coconut, so do
their academic circles when it comes to inquiring into its
incredibleness in the laboratory. Several studies involving animal
models have reported very positive outcomes when evaluating coconut
The Department of Biochemistry at India’s University of Kerala
has repeatedly examined the effect of coconut water on lab rats and
done so from multiple angles. In one study, they reported that
coconut water reduced blood sugar and oxidative stress in diabetic
rats.  Another study found that coconut water reduced high blood
pressure and improved antioxidant activity.  Further research
revealed a beneficial effect on cholesterol. 
Coconut Water for Total Body Hydration
When you’re exercising, or just thirsty, you have, literally,
hundreds of beverage options. Why coconut water? For starters, it’s
natural and it’s better for you. Coconut water has less sugar, less
acidity, and less calories than soft drinks. Coconut water is also
higher in electrolytes. When you’ve been exercising and sweating,
you’ve lost more than water and that’s why rehydrating with more
than water is necessary.
When researchers in Malaysia compared the rehydration efficacy of
plain water, sports drinks, and coconut water, coconut water was the
shining star. A study that included ten healthy males, each
exercising for 90 minutes, determined that not only was
sodium-enriched coconut water extremely effective for whole body
rehydration, it was also better tolerated- no nausea or upset
These findings are in line with other research that has found
drinking coconut water to be easy on the stomach. Persons who
consume it after exercising experience less nausea and uncomfortable
“fullness” than with regular water, soft drinks, and sports
Coconut Water To Avert Disaster
According to Loma Linda University Medical Center, the ability of
coconut water to provide a mega-serving of refreshing hydration may
have capabilities that extend well beyond the ball field or sports
arena. If you’ve ever had a stay in the hospital, you probably got
an intravenous saline drip to keep you hydrated. But what if you
were in an area of the world where hospital-quality saline bags are
not available? If you’re lucky, it’ll be an area of the world that’s
plentiful in coconuts because, believe it or not, coconut water has
been delivered intravenously to fight dehydration. 
A similar example of this was reported a number of years ago when
the Gilbert Islands experienced an epidemic of Cholera, an
intestinal infection that causes severe diarrhea and dehydration. It
was discovered that coconut water, with a small amount of table salt
added, was incredibly useful for rehydrating affected persons,
giving hope to other situations where coconuts are available but
conventional fluids are not. 
Coconut Water: Try It!
Simply put, coconut water is a natural refreshing beverage that
is excellent for electrolyte replenishment. It’s better for your
teeth, it’s better for your health- next time you’re faced with the
decision of coconut water vs. “Brand G” sports drink, I challenge
you to go for the coconut water.
-Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, ND, DACBN, DABFM
Benefits of Coconut Water, According to Science. Except
for her take on cholesterol, and how it LDL sticks to your arteries
(as if for no reason) the article is pretty good and quite
interesting. Contains some recipes too.
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