In our recent years, coconut water has become a trendy beverage. Not only is it tasty and refreshing, it also happens to be really good for your health. Additionally, it is loaded with several important nutrients that most Americans don’t get enough of. Coconut water contains very little fat, but high volumes of Vitamin C, Potassium, and Magnesium.
Below, are my favorite benefits of drinking coconut water.
Coconut water is the perfect beverage to consume after a hard workout, because it naturally restores hydration and replenishes electrolytes used during exercise. Electrolytes are minerals that play several important roles in your body, including maintaining proper fluid balance. While it is much healthier than Gatorade because of its natural properties, stats also show that coconut water caused less nausea and stomach discomfort.
BLOOD PRESSURE REDUCTION
In one 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 an impressive 600 mg of potassium in 8 ounces, potassium has been shown to lower blood pressure in people with high or normal blood pressure.
AMINO ACID CONTENT
Amino acids are essential for repairing tissues and are the building blocks of protein. Coconut water contains more alanine, arginine, cysteine, and serine than milk. It’s a major sourceof arginine, an amino acid that helps your body respond to stress (like the stress caused by a difficult workout). Arginine also helps keep the heart healthy.
The hormones that help plants grow, also known as cytokinins, are also found in coconut water. These compounds are believed to have antiaging and cancer-fighting properties. However, to date no major studies have shown that coconut water wards off cancer.
LOW CALORIE COUNT
With only 45 calories in a cup, coconut water is a great substitute for higher calorie drinks like sodas or juice, according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Coconut water has less sugar and carbohydrates than most juices. It also has more minerals and electrolytes like sodium and potassium. However, for casual sipping, it still can’t compete with zero calorie water.