A refreshing drink with a sweet taste, coconut water is a good blend of tang and health. For many hundreds of years, coconut water has been admired as a natural source of nutrition, wellness and beauty. It is cholesterol-free and is loaded with potassium, minimal quantities of sodium, natural fat, carbohydrates (in the form of sugar) and electrolytes that are easily digestible. Due to its affluence in vitamin B (1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7 and 9), C, K, dietary fiber, calcium, manganese, potassium, sulfur, iron, riboflavin, it is often dubbed as ‘Mother nature’s sports drink’ by marketers. One ounce of coconut water contains 5.45 calories, 1.3 grams sugar, 61 mg potassium and 5.45 mg of sodium. Here are some more surprising health and beauty benefits of coconut water that gives you multiple reasons to include this drink in your daily diet.
Health Benefits of Coconut Water
1. Controls Weight
Coconut water is fat-free, so it can be consumed generously without the fear of putting on weight. Unlike other health drinks and beverages, it contains the minimal amount of calories and suppresses your appetite by keeping you full for longer.
Drink some coconut water to compensate the loss of electrolytes that occurred due to frequent urination and vomiting after boozing.
3. Hydrates the Body
Coconut water effectively hydrates the body more than any other health drink and that too without calories. Drink coconut water to replenish mineral-rich fluids lost after extended periods of exercise and physical activity.
4. Reduces Blood Pressure
Coconut water balances the level of electrolytes in the body, and thus, helps reduce blood pressure. For the best results, it must be consumed at the beginning of each day to maintain the proportionate level of electrolytes.
Coconut water has high amounts of potassium and magnesium that helps alkalize the urine, and thus, assists in dissolving the kidney stones.
6. Energy Booster
High content of potassium, calcium, and chloride in coconut water makes it an appropriate energy booster drink, specifically for sports people, pregnant women, people with strict diet, and children.
7. Easy Digestion
The phosphatase, folic acid, dehydrogenase, catalase diastase, RNA polymerases, and peroxidase present in coconut water help in easy digestion and speed up the metabolism rate. This, in turn, burns fats fastly. It even balances acid reflux and its rich fiber content cures constipation and other digestion related problems.
8. Relieves Muscle Cramps
Coconut water contains potassium which fortifies the bones and is considered essential for fighting against muscle cramps.
Coconut water if mixed with lemon juice helps treat dehydration and also reduces tiredness by replenishing the salts lost by the body through sweating. It also speeds up the flow of urine and treats intestinal worms.
The kinetin present in coconut water has anti-cancerous properties and can be used for the treatment of myeloma, heptamoa, and mammary carcinomas. In addition to this, a kind of cytokinin present in coconut water called trans-Zeatin is known to show positive results, in case of diseases like Alzheimer’s and dementia. Another type of cytokines present in coconut water called gibberellins has anti-tumor properties.
11. Lessens Bloating
Coconut water is rich in potassium, which helps flush out sodium from the body. This, in turn, does not allow body to retain water and, thus, reduces bloating.
12. Treats Atherosclerosis
Coconut water improves blood circulation in the body and eliminates any blockage and narrowing of arteries due to plaque formation.
13. Improves Immunity
Regular intake of coconut water improves kidney functioning, builds up immunity and prevents urinary tract infection. It also aids in treating ailments like stomach flu, indigestion, dysentery, intestinal worms, bladder infections and malfunctioning of kidneys.
14. Lowers Body Temperature
The cooling effect of coconut water brings down the temperature of the body and is believed to ward off the symptoms of fever, vomiting and diarrhea.
15. Regulates Blood Sugar
Coconut water is a very rich source of omega-3 fatty acids and even helps increase the amount of good cholesterol in the blood, reduces plaque formation in arteries, moderates sugar absorption and improves insulin insensitivity.
Apply coconut water all over your face, neck, and other parts which get exposed to sun, before you move out in. It provides protection to the skin against prickly heat, rashes, small pox, chicken pox, measles, etc.
17. Cures Malnourishment
Coconut water must be given to weak children as it helps treat malnourishment. Zinc, magnesium, manganese, iron, and calcium in the coconut water are essential for the overall development of the body.
18. Substitute to Blood Plasma
In acute cases, coconut water can be used as a substitute to blood plasma, since it is sterile in nature and readily gets mixed up with red blood cells without damaging them.
19. Cardiovascular Health
Coconut water is laden with potassium and magnesium; therefore, it plays an important role in lowering the blood pressure and maintaining the normal heart beat. It also increases blood circulation which, in turn, does not allow plaque formation. Coconut water also increases good cholesterol, which is very essential for maintaining good heart health.
20. Makes Bones Stronger
The calcium content (cholecalciferol and ergocalciferol) in coconut water makes bones stronger, keeps connective tissue and blood vessels healthy. It can be consumed by people of all ages including infants.
Note – Breastfeeding is best for baby and must not be replaced with coconut water.
21. Reduces Stress
22. Beneficial During Pregnancy
Coconut water protects the mother against dehydration, tiredness, fatigue, urinary tract infection, high blood pressure, constipation, morning sickness, acidity, and indigestion. At the same time, it secures the overall health – mental and physical – of the baby.
23. Keeps Diabetes Under Control
Daily consumption of coconut water widens the blood vessels, so as to facilitate the smooth flow of blood through them. It helps control diabetes to a great extent.
- Always drink fresh coconut water.
- Skip coconut water if it does not suit you.
Beauty Benefits of Coconut Water
24. Sloughs off Oily Skin
Drink coconut water regularly or apply it on the facial skin with the help of fingertips or cotton and leave it for some time until it dries. Wash off with cold water afterwards to witness soft and smooth skin.
25. Heals Acne, Blemishes and Blackheads
Wash your face with coconut water daily to get clear and blemish-free skin. In addition to this, you must also drink a glassful of coconut water daily to eliminate blackheads, acne and pimples that occur due to oily skin or lack of proper cleanliness.
26. Makes Skin Glow
Drink coconut water daily or rinse your face with coconut water every day for glowing and even toned skin. You can also apply a pack of turmeric powder, coconut water and red sandalwood paste that will help you get smooth and flawless complexion.
27. Moisturizes Skin
Apply coconut water all over your face, neck and arms. The vitamin K present in coconut water acts as an excellent moisturizer and also treats oily skin. You can also drink a glassful of coconut water daily to moisturize your skin internally.
28. Conditions Hair and Controls Dandruff
Drink a glassful of coconut water every day or use it for washing hair. It improves blood circulation to the follicles, thereby giving natural shine and strength to the hair. The antifungal and anti-bacterial properties of coconut water help prevent itchy and scaly scalp.
29. Do Away with Suntan
Mix some coconut water in fuller’s earth and then apply it on your facial skin and neck. This will give you excellent results by reducing the effect of suntan, leaving your skin radiant.
30. Hydrates Dull Skin Instantly
Coconut water has the properties to rehydrate the dry and dull skin resulted due to dirt and pollution. Simply splash some coconut water on your skin and let the skin dry on its own.
31. Decreases Hair Loss
Apply coconut water on the scalp or simply drink it regularly. It helps relieve the problem of hair loss by enhancing the blood circulation. It increases the density of hair by strengthening the hair follicles and prevents them from breakage.
32. Get Rid of Frizzy Hair
Massage your hair regularly with coconut water. It will moisturize the roots, providing nourishment from within as it acts as a natural conditioner and will make hair manageable.
Cytokinins and lauric acid (which are a class of phytohormones) present in coconut water are important nutrients that effectually delay the aging process and keeps the skin healthy and glowing. They are even said to be anti-carcinogenic and anti-thrombotic.
34. Cures Skin Infection
The anti-fungal, anti-microbial, and anti-viral properties of coconut water safeguard the skin from all sorts of infections. You just need to dab it directly on the infected area, or add it to your bathing water.