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Coconut Water and You
Sarah Reid, RHNC
Coconut water is big business. No doubt you’ve seen this latest “hip drink” to hit the market in your local store, and you may have even had a taste of it yourself. But just what is this sweet, mysterious nectar, and what makes it better than say, a glass of juice or a bottle of sports drink?
To begin, a very clear distinction must be made: coconut water is not the same as coconut milk. Coconut water is literally is the liquid found inside the fruit (particularly the unripened green ones) before it begins to harden and form the white “meat” that is commonly removed for consumption. Coconut milk on the other hand is comprised of a combination of coconut water and the flesh, and though it can occur naturally in semi-ripened coconuts it is more commonly man-made by blending the two parts in a production plant to achieve a thick, creamy result. Unlike it’s “milk” counterpart, coconut water is also fat free and low in calories, and is a source of many life-sustaining nutrients. Like the insides of an egg, the liquid inside a coconut were designed by nature to form and nourish an “adult” of the species.
The nutrients and hydration simulate plasma formation in the bloodstream in cases of burns and trauma and in emergency situations coconut water has been used as a plasma substitute in transfusions worldwide. The lauric acid found in coconut water is the same composition as what is found in human breast milk, long thought of as “the perfect food”, and monolaurin in the drink acts as an antiviral agent that can kill an assortment of foreign viruses and bacteria in the body without harming the “friendly” gut bacteria. Pure coconut water is safe for anyone to supplement with, from infants to seniors, and has been shown to alleviate many digestive upsets such as colic and maldigestion.
Finally, coconut water is a strong circulatory stimulant that functions without also raising blood pressure. Instead, the high potassium content in the liquid (roughly 480 mg per cup) has been shown to drastically improve blood pressure control in hypertensive patients, with over 71% marking “significant improvement” in just 2 weeks of supplementation. The increase in circulation also leads to an influx of oxygen to the vital organ systems and a faster rate of waste removal to the kidneys and colon after passing through the liver. With the support of the nutrients found in coconut water, the liver and other detoxing organs become far more efficient at releasing their stored toxins, and the amount of free radical damage as a result will be much less.