Fresh, young green coconuts are the ones you want for the water.
Back in June, I wrote about the super-food that are Ningxia Wolfberries. This week I want to introduce you to another super-food, which I first got to try when I was in India – Coconuts. Much has been written about coconut oil and fat/milk; most of it bad, thanks to the Canola industry in large I suspect. Coconut oil is probably one of the best oils you can have along-side olive oil. Most vegetable oils (including olive oil) when heated at high temperatures (as in frying) actually breaks down into some nasty compounds. Coconut oil doesn’t, so it’s actually the best oil to use for cooking. In Sanskrit, coconut is referred to as Kalp Vriksha, which basically means a tree that gives everything that is needed for life. However I digress. In this post I want to tell you about Coconut water. If you wish to learn more about Coconut oil check out mercola.com. You will find plenty of information there.
Coconut water is the next best thing to drinking plain water. It is the clear liquid you get from a young green coconut ( from the brown, hairy mature coconut you make the milk from the flesh). You can either drink it directly from the coconut or buy the water in packs. There are a number of producers, now putting coconut water into the supermarkets and juice stalls, e.g. Vita-coco in the States and H2Coco and Nudie in Australia. But be careful, some producers of coconut water, add loads of sugar (and God knows what else). Trust me you don’t need the extra sugar. Coconut water is a refreshing beverage that doesn’t need other things added.
So what’s so special about coconut water?
- It’s 99% fat-free
- Loaded with calcium, potassium and magnesium
- Low in sugar (so watch out for those adding sugar)
- Loaded with vitamins and minerals including zinc, selenium, iodine, sulfur, manganese, boron, molybdenum, ascorbic acid, riboflavin, niacin, thiamin, pyridoxine, and folates.
- Composed of numerous enyzmes that assist in digestion and metabolism, e.g. acid phosphatase, catalase, dehydrogenase, diastase and peroxidise.
- Apparently it’s very similar to blood plasma. Injured soldiers from WW2 in the Pacific were given coconut water as a substitute, when supplies of blood plasma were short.(1)
- Treatment of de-hydration and heat-stroke.(2)
Coconut water also contains Cyto-kinins, a plant hormone that regulates cell growth and aging in plant cells. Testing has shown that this hormone has a similar effect on human cells and tissue. Apparently the lifespan of the cell isn’t extended much, however the treated cells when they reach the end appear like cells half their age. (3) Research is still on-going in this area, but you can see the possibilities for things like wrinkles, sagging and aging spots. But more than that, normal cells are kept healthy and free from de-generation, so there is the possibility of something that may prevent the development and spread of cancerous cells.
There are other areas of research surrounding coconut water that show promise (4), including:
- Improved blood circulation
- Reduced blood pressure
- Clearing up bladder infections
- Removal of kidney stones
Over a year ago, a relation of mine who has problems with blood pressure and cholesterol, returned from India, had a blood test. The doctor was amazed at the improvements she found in the results. The only thing we could pin the improvement to, was that my relative drank two coconuts a day while staying in India.
There is debate as to whether coconut water is a suitable replacement for commercial sports drinks. As a way of re-hydrating people suffering illnesses such as cholera and dysentery, coconut water has been very effective. But it could be argued that this is a different condition to an athlete restoring his mineral and electrolyte balance after strenuous exercise. Commercial sports drinks, it’s argued, are especially formulated for this type of thing. On the other hand you have to wonder about the sugar and other additives that go into a lot of sports drinks.
However for most people, I feel coconut water certainly makes a very healthy change to the fruit juices and artificially flavoured beverages out on the market.
Till next time
(1) Drinking Coconut Water, by Maryanne Holm, May 30, 2011
(2)(3)(4) Coconut water: dew from the heavens, by Bruce Fife, N.D. Survival rates for victims of cholera, increased by 97% when given coconut water.
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constitute medical advice and cannot substitute for appropriate medical care. Where essential oils are mentioned, it’s recommended you use only pure, unadulterated therapeutic grade essential oils and follow the safety directions of the manufacturer.