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Ancient Health Benefits of Coconut

on March 21, 2013
Coconut Palm Tree

Think of a tropical holiday.. think of fresh coconut water

If you’ve ever been lucky enough to jet off to a tropical location like the picture above, you’re more than likely to have come across fresh coconuts.. and usually the locals that serve them up with a straw.

Ever since we’ve worked out how to crack open the hairy fibrous husk, coconut water has been quenching the thirst of many a sun drenched tropics.  In its native lands, the coconut palm tree is known as ‘the tree of life’ because it has so many uses, from the root to the glorious spiky crown. We have been quite accustomed to coconut cream – which is somewhat of a household item – so rich and creamy! But what we haven’t really seen (until recently) is Coconut Water.

The fresh coconut water inside the young green coconuts is a naturally nutritious hydrating drink full of electrolytes, potassium, sodium, magnesium and of course water. Any of these ingredients ring a bell? That’s right – they’re what you’d normally find in a sports hydrating drink that we pay a small fortune for and often are full of sugar and artificial flavours.

The Naturally Hydrating Sports Drink – Coconut Water

  • Less Fat than Whole Milk
  • Natural Isotonic Beverage
  • 0% Sugar
  • Low Cholesterol
  • Anti-Bacterial
  • High in Electrolytes
  • Naturally Nutritious – Potassium, Sodium, Magnesium & Calcium

Coconut water has been shown to hydrate quickly and provide us with instant energy and vitality.

Those who exercise regularly may need more potassium to replace that lost from muscle during exercise and the smaller amount lost in sweat. Low potassium can cause muscle cramping and cardiovascular irregularities. Eating foods high in potassium can prevent these symptoms. Commonly banana’s are the fruit we turn to for their potassium content.

Popular in Brazil, South East Asia, Caribbean, India where they grow on their native palm trees, they are commonly harvested for their water (young coconuts) and the coconut flesh  from maturer coconuts (to make into coconut cream).


Coconuts high in Cholesterol? WRONG

There is a common myth that coconuts are high in cholesterol.. this couldn’t be more wrong, they are in fact low in cholesterol. Coconut oil contains Lauric Acid – some would call a miracle ingredient.

Lauric Acid has been known to reduce the total HDL:LDL Cholesterol ratio more than any other fatty acid. 6% of breast-milk is made up of Lauric acid.

This coconut oil is often the part that is extracted to use in cosmetic shampoos, creams etc.

Coconut water was found in a study to be as thirst quenching as water

Coconut water was found in a study to be as thirst quenching as water

Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCT’s)

The Coconut flesh from the maturer coconut is rich in Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCT’s).  Coconut cream has often been used in cooking in Indian & Far Eastern curries for centuries and is made by squeezing the coconut flesh in hot water, leaving it to cool, then straining it, a process that yields both coconut milk and coconut cream. Coconut milk and cream are used both separately and together in curries and spicy soups to ‘cool’ the heat of the dish.

A good fat known for its role in thermogenesis, a process that jump starts the body’s fat burning mechanism and promote satiety (the sensation of fullness)

It seems coconut water is catching on in the UK with the huge celebrity following the marketers have successfully managed to bag and push at us ever health conscious individuals. Available at most grocery stores now, Coconut Water it is also widely available.

Coconut is the original SuperFruit.