Did you know that coconut water has a lot more to offer beyond hydration? Not only is it refreshing and delicious, it is packed with nutrients, and offers many health benefits.

Found at the center of young coconuts, coconut water is the naturally occurring juice of coconuts. Having gained popularity in the past few years, it is widely available in most grocery and health food stores.

With its prominent availability to us, and wide array of health benefits, should we consider drinking more of it? Here are 8 reasons you might want to add more coconut water to your diet.

1. Rich in Nutrients

Coconut water is rich in nutrients, including vitamins, minerals, enzymes, phytohormones, and antioxidants. More specifically, coconut water contains some B vitamins, vitamin C, potassium, magnesium, calcium, sodium, copper, and manganese. It is also a good source of dietary fiber.

2. Restores Hydration & Replenishes Electrolytes

With a 95% water content, coconut water is a great option for staying hydrated. Additionally, because of its potassium, sodium, calcium, and magnesium content, it is ideal for replenishing electrolytes that may have been lost through sweating, vomiting, or diarrhea.

3. May Have Anti-Aging Properties

Coconut water contains cytokinins, phytohormones that regulate plant cell growth and division. Interestingly, cytokinins could be beneficial when consumed, as they may have an anti-aging effect on human cells.

4. Can Aid in Weight Loss

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Coconut water has been shown to increase fat metabolism, and because of its high fiber content, it can make you feel satiated after drinking it. It is also low in calories, with about 45 calories per cup. Because it is refreshing and rich in nutrients, you might want to try using it as a replacement for high calorie beverages such as sodas, juices, and sports drinks.

But be careful not to over-consume this beverage on your quest to lose pounds. Coconut water contains natural sugars and saturated fat, which, if drunk in large quantities, could potentially lead to an increase in weight.

5. May Help Lower Blood Pressure

Because of it potassium content, coconut water may aid in lowering high blood pressure, with one research study showing a reduction in the blood pressure of 71% of participants.1

6. Aids Digestion & Excretion

Coconut water can help regulate bowl movements. The fiber it contains has an important role in digestion, one of which is to help regulate bowl movements. This amazing beverage also contains enzymes that can aid in digestion and metabolism.

7. Benefits Heart Health

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Coconut water can benefit heart health. Thanks to its high fiber content, coconut water has been shown to lower LDL (bad) cholesterol levels and raise HDL (good) cholesterol levels. And as mentioned above (#6.), coconut water may help reduce blood pressure.

8. Has Anti-inflammatory Properties 

A recent research study concluded that coconut water has an anti-inflammatory effect, showing that coconut water possesses significant anti-inflammatory activity.2

Which One Should You Buy?

Avoid buying coconut water with added, preservatives, flavorings, sugars, or other unnecessary additives. Opt for 100% pure coconut water, not from concentrate, to reap the best benefits of this refreshing and nutritious drink.

Sources:

  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15892382
  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27366350
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