3 Reasons Why Going Coconuts for Coconut Water Can Help You:
- Whole Body Rejuvenation
In Ayurvedic medicine, young coconuts are treasured. These tender coconuts (called ‘baal’) are at a young stage where the husk is 90-95% water. This form of coconut water is the most healing, and is considered excellent for cooling down a person’s core-temperature. In addition to calming the symptoms of overheating, Baal water has been documented to remove inflammation. It also unclogs many body ‘channels’ (also called srotas) — such as saliva ducts. It repairs the gastrointestinal tract, and it is said to remove toxins. And, did I mention it taste awesome!?
Coconut water has cytokinins, which are touted for their anti-aging influence on our tissues and cells, and are being studied for their suppressing of degenerative and age-related diseases.
In one study, subjects ate a high-fructose diet and then drank coconut water. Compared to those subjects that did not drink coconut water, those that did saw free radical activity decrease, blood pressure go down, triglycerides stabilize, kidney issues abate, and insulin levels improve. Not bad for a refreshment, eh?
- Nature’s Perfect Electrolyte: Rich in Electrolyte Minerals
With its high levels of potassium, copper, and magnesium, it’s no wonder that some call coconut water Nature’s perfect electrolyte. And, when you think about where coconut palms grow (where its desolate and dry) it just makes sense: the very environment that forces the coconut fruit to adapt and survive in dry, windy heat is almost perfect for humans when it’s hot and dry! Nature can seem pretty smart sometimes, eh!?
A 2007 study shows coconut water “enhanced with sodium” was just as good as commercial drinks used for post-exercise rehydration (cough- gatorade), and with “better fluid tolerance.” This means that the athletes in the study absorbed its nutrients, rather than, well, just peeing it out. Its sugars were better tolerated, too.
- Good For the Blood, and Lowering High Blood Pressure
Back to the blood: one of the biggest coconut water benefits is that it can regulate high blood pressure. This is because it’s full of absorbable magnesium, potassium and vitamin C. In particular, potassium negates the negative impact of poor sodium in the diet.
Oh, by the way …
Have you ever seen that old Gilligan’s Island episode where the Professor gives coconut water IVs? would you belive that’s based on something that happend in ‘real-life?’
There’s a wise-tale in some circles that coconut water and blood plasma are identical. Well, that is, of course, not true. Coconut water is of course not literally identical to our plasma or blood. But this mythology of its great hydration and cleansing properties likely got blown up a bit by the following anecdotes in the health world.
In 1942, Dr. Pradera, living and practicing in Havana, injected filtered water into the veins of 12 children without issue or reaction. And later in WW2 – British medics in Japan and the Indian subcontinent used coconut water in lieu of standard IV fluids, which is very different than blood plasma. In 1954, 3 doctors “combined research concerning the administration of intravenous coconut water to 157 patients in Thailand, USA, and Honduras. Out of these, eleven had adverse reactions like fever, itchiness, headache, and tingling in the hands. As well, an unknown number of patients had aching sensations along the veins where the coconut water was injected. These were thought to be caused by the high potassium levels.”
So, yes, coconut water has been used as to replace intravenous fluids under dire emergency circumstances, it is in no way ideal. It is not a substitute for plasma, as it has the opposite composition: our blood plasma has high sodium and low potassium. It is in fact much closer to the liquid inside your cells rather than the plasma outside them!
The important parts we’ve talked about is relating to their molecular structure, and it is the intent to promote the ingestion of them for their nutritional cleansing properties and high ability to hydrate and cool an inflamed body.
So, now if you hear someone talking about such a thing (or if you pull up the old episode on Youtube), you’ll know the truth behind it.
But, the real health benefits of coconut water are beyond dispute, so go enjoy some today!
Here’s Where YOU Can Help, Dear Reader . . . become a health detective
For two years, I’ve scoured the internet seeking sources that can back up the health and benefit claims of fruits, vegetables, and supplements (sometimes called “boost”).
In the chart below are the health claims I and others have discovered about coconuts. Where you see a footnote, you’ll find a link to the source. If there is not a footnote, then that means that the specific health claim is made, but neither I or anyone I know has been able to locate sources of research or anecdote to backup the claim.
So, if you are aware of a direct source of research or anecdotes to back up the claims, please post them in the comments. I’ll check them out and if they meet our standards, I’ll make sure that they’re included in the next edition of the blog and give you a shout-out!
Reported Health Benefit Claims of Coconut:
|Strengthens muscles||Lowers blood sugar|
|Improves immune system||Prevents Alzheimer's disease|
|Antioxidant||Prevents Parkinson's disease|
|Anti-inflammatory||Prevents some forms of cancer|