Health Benefits of Coconut Water

Coconut water is often referred to as nature’s perfect plasma replacement because it has a similar makeup to human plasma and contains all the substances necessary for growth and development of a plant embryo.  Coconut water is rich in B vitamins, and it also provides selenium, iodine, sulfur, zinc, manganese, organic acids, enzymes, phytonutrients and amino acids.  It’s also therapeutic due to its content of cytokinins, plant hormones that regulate cell growth and aging. These cytokinins cause cells to act younger than their age, so less degeneration takes place.

Coconut water also has an alkalizing effect on the body.  As many of us know, a body whose pH is overly acidic is a body prone to disease.  Therefore, drinking coconut water every day is a great way to counter the highly acidic environment common to the modern body.  New studies are revealing that coconut water has the ability to help lower blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol. It also aids the body’s digestive process due to its electrolytic effect., soothing intestinal spasms and/or pain.

Coconut water is also helpful if you’re looking to lose weight, as it promotes healthy thyroid function and contains a natural form of glucose, easily absorbed in the bloodstream, serving to reduce cravings for unhealthy foods.  Last, coconut water is extremely high in potassium, chlorides, magnesium and calcium, making it a great hangover treatment and/or sports replacement drink.

by: On Fitness Magazine