The Philippines has always been known for its abundance of coconut trees. In fact, coconut production is such a huge industry in these islands that the country is reputated to be the second largest coconut producer in the world after Indonesia.
And thanks to the coconut water craze that has seen even Hollywood’s biggest stars chugging this sweet and refreshing drink, its production reached even greater heights.
But beyond augmenting the country’s economy and giving refreshments to its drinker, coconut water has so much more to offer. Today, The Manila Times, together with Coco Delivery — a specialty service dedicated to delivering coconut water in Metro Manila — rounds up the benefits of Gwyneth Paltrow and Madonna’s favorite drink.
Source of hydration. Coconut water is slightly sweet with a subtle nutty flavor but remains fairly low in calories and carbohydrates. It’s also a better sports drink option when working out because it replenishes electrolytes lost during exercise. Electrolytes are minerals that play several important roles in your body, including maintaining proper fluid balance.
It is important to note however, that coconut water is still freshest when it comes directly from the coconut. Some bottled brands, unfortunately, contain added sugar or flavoring agents, which is why it is important to read and make sure that the product only contains 100 percent coconut water.
Reduces blood pressure and support heart health. Coconut water also reduces the risk of heart diseases and aids in treating high blood pressure when introduced for diet. In one small study of people with high blood pressure, coconut water improved their systolic blood pressure (the higher number of a blood pressure reading).
Additionally, coconut water contains an impressive 600 mg of potassium in 8 ounces. Potassium has been shown to lower blood pressure. On top of it all, coconut water has been shown to reduce heart disease risk which rivaled the effects of a statin drug used to lower cholesterol. Coconut water reduces blood cholesterol and triglycerides and also decreases in liver fat.
Improves blood sugar control and prevents kidney stones. Coconut water is a good source of magnesium, which may increase insulin sensitivity and reduce blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes and prediabetes. Aside from that, drinking coconut water helps reduce free radical production that occurred in response to high oxalate levels in urine. Kidney stones form when calcium, oxalate and other compounds combine to form crystals in urine.
Helps reduce stress and fatigue. The miracle drink is also known to be packed with potassium, calcium and magnesium — all important in making sure organs function. They also help in relaxing the body. Some research has likewise popped up supporting the possible anti-cancer properties of cytokinins, which can be found in coconut water.
Has antioxidant properties. Free radicals are unstable molecules produced in cells during metabolism. Their production increases in response to stress or injury. When there are too many free radicals, the body enters a state of oxidative stress, which can damage cells and, in effect, increase disease risk. Coconut water contains antioxidants which modify free radicals.
Indeed, coconut water is loaded with important nutrients and minerals that most people don’t get enough of.