Coconut water advocates boast some lofty claims – some say it’s better than energy drinks, and others even swear it’s more hydrating than water – but is it really nature’s miracle cure?
Here are 10 reasons (other than the fact that it’s suuuu-per tasty, duh) that’ll convince you to pick up a glass of coconut water today.
Coconut water contains a variety of trace elements like zinc and selenium that act as antioxidants in the body, protecting the body from damage by toxins and keeping you young and vibrant.
It’s also high in vitamin C, whihc helps to boost the immune system, heal wounds, and protect the skin from damage.
NEXT: It gives your skin a glow →
For those with acne or skin blemishes, topical application of coconut water can go a great distance to clear up and subsequently tone the skin.
It also moisturizes the skin from within if ingested orally, and eliminates excessive oil on the skin.
NEXT: It improves digestive issues →
Coconut water can normalise bowel movements due to its high fibre content by preventing indigestion and reducing the occurrence of acid reflux. So you’l have no problem, you know, answering nature’s call.
NEXT: It keeps you energised →
Need an energy boost to help you burn the midnight oil? Ditch the caffeine and go for coconut water instead.
High in easy-to-access nutrients like glucose, coconut water quickly improves energy reserves. It also increases oxygen in your body’s tisues, improving your body’s performance.
NEXT: It can calm you down →
Coconut water benefits those suffering from stress (and don’t we all?) and may reduce panic attacks and anxiety. That’s because it contains GABA, a neurotransmitter that has a relaxing, anti-convulsive effect on the body.
NEXT: It may be able to treat cancer →
Coconut water has a unique chemical composition of sugars, vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and cytokines – which have shown anti-aging and anti-cancer effects in reseach studies.
Further research in this area is needed before it can be touted as a medical miracle, but in the meantime, no harm drinking up!
NEXT: It’s full of antioxidants →
The antioxidants in the coconut water help prevent damage to our bodies caused by free radicals.
Free radicals are produced by your own metabolism, so there’s no other way to neutralise the damage, except making sure that you consume enough antioxidants in your diet.
NEXT: It fights bacteria →
Coconut water contains natural anti-microbial peptides that can be effective in fighting bacteria such as E-coli.
NEXT: It can help you to lose weight →
Unlike plain water, coconut water is not entirely calorie-free, but at 42 calories per serving (240g), it’s still a pretty low-calorie drink.
This makes it an awesome replacement for any of your regular, sugar-sweetened drinks that are ruining your diet.
NEXT: It’s great for hydration →
In its natural form, coconut water is a thirst-quenching and nutrient-dense beverage.
It helps regulate fluid levels in the body and may prevent edema and the occurrence of water weight.
NEXT: It keeps you looking younger for longer →
By Atika Lim, Singapore Women’s Weekly, November 2016
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