Benefits & Harms Of Drinking Coconut Water

Bhubaneswar: Coconut water has become a very trendy beverage. It is absolutely tasty, refreshing and extremely good for health.

Coconut water is the juice found in the center of a young, green coconut. It helps nourish the fruit.

As the coconut matures, some of the juice remains in liquid form while the rest ripens into the solid white flesh known as coconut meat.

Coconut water is rich in Vitamin C, fiber and several essential nutrients.

Health Benefits Of Coconut Water:

  • Good Source of Hydration:

Coconut water is fairly low in calories and carbs. It is a very refreshing drink which hydrates the body, especially during summer months.

  • Controls Blood Pressure:

Coconut water is helpful in controlling blood pressure.

In one small study in people with high blood pressure, coconut water improved systolic blood pressure (the higher number of a blood pressure reading) in 71% of participants

Additionally, coconut water contains potassium which lowers blood pressure in people suffering from high BP.

  • Antioxidant Properties:

Coconut water contains antioxidants which modify free radicals so they no longer cause harm to the body. It also lowers triglycerides and insulin levels.

  • Controls Diabetes:

Research has shown that coconut water can lower blood sugar levels and improve other health markers in diabetic people.

  • Exercise Performance:

Some athletes use coconut water to replace fluids during or after exercise in order to improve their performance during follow-up exercise. Coconut water might help, but it does not appear to be more effective than sports drinks or plain water.

 

Harms:

  • Kidney problems:

Coconut water contains high levels of potassium. Normally, potassium is excreted in the urine if blood levels get too high. However, this doesn’t happen if kidneys are not working normally.

  • High potassium level in blood:

Coconut water contains high levels of potassium. Drinking coconut water is not advisable if you have high levels of potassium in the blood.

  • Surgery:

Coconut water might interfere with blood pressure control during and after surgery. Stop using coconut water at least two weeks before a scheduled surgery.

Also Read: Health Benefits Of Eating Lady Finger/Okra (Bhindi)

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