As a kid I was crazy about coconuts. While everyone else saw them as a cake topping or something to be avoided because it was fatty, I’d hoe in and eat an entire coconut in a few days – and I’d fight for the water that everyone thought was some form of waste product…
I was always told it was fattening or bad for you. Blah blah blah. Over the years some of those fallacies sunk in but with the benefits of studying natural nutrition I knew coconuts were some form of secret health product. It was just a shame that in Australia they were one of the most expensive foods.
Thankfully now, you can get all forms of coconut foods and drinks. Believe me when I say, coconuts are one of the most beneficial foods of the entire world. So why is it, that in some of the world’s poorest countries, people are dying of starvation and coconuts are everywhere?
Maybe because they’re all snapped up and sent to wealthier nations but I hope that’s not true. I want to share with EVERYONE, the benefits of coconut – because there are some diseases in this world that are killing millions – that coconut is able to successfully treat. In many nations where sickness llke diabetes, TB and HIV are rife, everyone should be spending their money on coconuts rather than fast food.
In fact, if it were the only food one was to eat all day, you would still be better off than many who eat 3 meals a day, regardless of the cost.
Some of the health facts –
The liquid is clear, sweet, and sterile and composed of unique chemicals such as sugars, vitamins, minerals, electrolytes, enzymes, amino acids, cytokine, and phyto-hormones. Contrary to popular mythology, and wive’s tales, it is neither fattening or high in bad sugars.
- The juice is packed with simple sugar, electrolytes, and minerals to replenish hydration levels in the body.
- Research studies suggest that cytokinins (e.g., kinetin and trans-zeatin) in coconut water showed significant anti-ageing, anti-carcinogenic, and anti-thrombotic effects.
- Coconut water has been generally offered to patients with diarrhea in many tropic regions to replace fluid loss from the gastrointestinal tract and reduce the need for intravenous therapy. The osmolarity of tender coconut water is slightly greater than that of WHO recommended ORS (Oral Rehydration Therapy) osmolarity. Presence of other biological constituents like amino acids, enzymes, minerals, and fatty acids may account for this higher osmolarity. However, unlike WHO-ORS, its water is very low in sodium and chlorides, but rich in sugars and amino acids. This well-balanced fluid composition with much needed calories would be an ideal drink than any other brand of soft drink beverages in dehydration conditions.
- Coconut water is composed of many naturally occurring bioactive enzymes such as acid phosphatase, catalase, dehydrogenase, diastase, peroxidase, RNA polymerases etc. Altogether, these enzymes aid in digestion and metabolism.
- Despite very light consistency, its water has much better composition of minerals like calcium, iron, manganese, magnesium, and zinc than some of fruits like oranges. (Compare mineral composition oforanges).
- Its water is also a very good source of B-complex vitamins such as riboflavin, niacin, thiamin, pyridoxine, and folates. These vitamins are essential in the sense that body requires them from external sources to replenish.
- Coconut water contains a very good amount of electrolyte potassium. 100 ml of water has 250 mg of potassium and 105 mg of sodium. Together, these electrolytes help replenish electrolytes deficiency in the body due to diarrhea (loose stools).
- In addition, fresh coconut water has small amount of vitamin-C (ascorbic acid); provides about 2.4 mcg or 4% of RDA. Vitamin C is a water-soluble ant-oxidant.
- Beneficial fats make up 100% of fat content. This enables emulsification of bad fats and lowering of cholesterol.
- Coconut water is alkaline and so pure it has been used as IV solution where saline has been unavailable during war times and in 3rd world nations. It is known as a universal donor – identical to cleaned plasma. This makes blood donation in many cases obsolete.
- More electrolytes and benefits than energy and sports drinks.
- Used in anti viral therapies to fight herpes, flu and HIV.
- Raises metabolism and boosts immunity.
- Cleanses kidney stones and digestive system.
- Natural oxygen carrier and promotes weightloss.
- More beneficial than infant formula – carries compounds found in mother’s milk.
Knowing these facts have been known for over 100 years, one has to wonder about just why we are suffering while the truth is kept from the public in general. It has to be one of the world’s best superfoods yet is relegated to the garnish and dessert trolley. Coconut in its many forms should be a part of our everyday diet.
(Sourced from various papers)