Coconut water - The amazing super food

I've been on a health trip lately – trying out various probiotic, organic, green what have you products. Been reading about how alkalinity in your body is a sure shot way of keeping many of today's deadly diseases and conditions at bay.

So, here's to the cheapest, most organic, most common super food of all – coconut water. It's a refreshing drink – it's alkaline (and that's good for you) and it's packed with a huge arrray of health benefits. Thirsty? Don't reach for a soda or a Pocari Sweat just yet. Water's good. Coconut water is great. By the way, a fresh green coconut at a local Dubai grocery store will cost anywhere between AED 4 - 8. (Union Co-op Dhs 6 on average).

Coconut water contains a large amount of electrolyte – potassium, so it easily replenishes the electrolyte composition in body fluids. Drinking coconut water can also aid in losing weight as it is low in fat, cholesterol and chlorides. It reduces food cravings and keeps a person feeling full. It is excellent drink for diabetics as it is good in nutrients required by diabetics to keep their sugar levels in control.

Here are more benefits. With summer on in Dubai, we hardly drink enough water but lose fluids through sweating. This is not so good. But the risk of kidney stones is greatly reduced because of the presence of minerals, potassium and magnesium in coconut water. Green coconut water acts as a natural diuretic because it has properties that tend to increase urine production and flow. Urologists around the world recommend that kidney stone sufferers should drink coconut water every alternate day to gradually reduce their stone size for easy elimination.

In an article on zeenewsindia I read that coconut water is loaded with vital nutrients, and is a very good source of B-complex vitamins such as riboflavin, niacin, thiamin, pyridoxine, and folates. It is rich in amino acids, enzymes, dietary fiber, vitamin C and minerals such as potassium, magnesium and manganese .It is also very beneficial as it has anti viral and anti bacterial properties.

By the way, coconut water works wonders for your skin too. Researches show that coconut water have cytokinins which are beneficial for anti aging-effects. When applied to acne, spots, wrinkles, stretch marks, cellulite and eczema it clears up the skin giving you youthful looking smoother skin. It can be used as a light moisturizer if you have oily skin. In addition to the benefits to the skin it also helps in repairing and growth of nails and smooth hair.

Coconut water has high amounts of potassium so it reduces hypertension by promoting excretion of water out of the body.

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