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Health Update

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Courtesy of Russell R Van Hemert DC

8 Science-Based Health Benefits of Coconut Water

In recent years, coconut water has become a very trendy beverage.

It is tasty, refreshing and also happens to be very good for you.

It is loaded with several important nutrients, including minerals that most people don't get enough of.

Here are 8 health benefits of coconut water.

1. Good source of several nutrients

Coconut water is found in young coconuts and is a good source of fiber, vitamin C and several important minerals.

2. May have antioxidant properties

Free radicals are unstable molecules that are produced in your cells during metabolism. Their production increases in response to stress or injury.

When there are too many free radicals, the body is said to be in a state of oxidative stress, which can damage cells and increase the risk of disease.

Coconut water contains antioxidants that protect cells from damaging free radicals.

3. May have benefits against diabetes

Coconut water is a good source of magnesium, which has been shown to improve insulin sensitivity and decrease blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes and prediabetes.

4. May help prevent kidney stones

Drinking enough fluids is important for kidney stone prevention.

Although plain water is a great choice, one study suggests that coconut water may be even better.

Kidney stones form when calcium, oxalate and other compounds combine to form crystals in the urine.

Coconut water is found to keep crystals from sticking to the kidneys and other parts of the urinary tract. It also reduced the number of crystals formed in the urine.

The researchers believe that it helped reduce free radical production that occurred in response to high oxalate levels in urine.

5. May support heart health

Drinking coconut water may be helpful to reduce heart disease risk.

Animal studies suggest that coconut water may have powerful cholesterol-lowering properties such as in blood cholesterol and triglycerides. They also experienced significant decreases in liver fat.

6. May reduce blood pressure

It may be also be a great beverage for keeping blood pressure under control.

Coconut water contains an impressive 600 mg of potassium in 8 oz (240 ml), which has been shown to lower blood pressure in people with high or normal blood pressure and potentially decrease the risk of blood clots forming in the arteries.

7. Beneficial after prolonged exercise

Coconut water may be the perfect beverage for restoring hydration and replenishing electrolytes lost during exercise.

8. Delicious source of hydration

Coconut water can be consumed directly from green coconuts or in bottles. Avoid brands with added sugar, sweeteners or flavors.

Coconut water is a delicious, nutritious and natural beverage that is extremely good for you. Although controlled studies are needed to confirm many of these benefits, the research to date is encouraging.

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