Coconut Water- An elixir of life

The water of tender coconut, technically the liquid endosperm, is the most nutritious wholesome beverage that the nature has provided for the people of the tropics to fight the sultry heat. It has caloric value of 17.4 per 100gm
It’s a natural isotonic beverage with the same level of electrolytic balance as we have in our blood. It’s the fluid of life.
Numerous medicinal properties of tender coconut water reported are:- 

  • Good for feeding infants suffering from intestinal disturbances. 
  • Oral rehydration medium for various diseases such as diarrhoea.
  • Contains organic compounds possessing growth promoting properties.
  • Keeps the body cool and prevents dehydration.
  • Application on the body prevents prickly heat and summer boils and subsides the rashes caused by small pox, chicken pox, measles, etc.
  • Kills intestinal worms.
  • Checks urinary infections and effective in the treatment of kidney and urethral stones.
  • Excellent tonic for the old and sick.
  • Cures malnourishment by meeting the energy requirements.
  • It acts as a Diuretic balance your pH and reduce risk of cancer.
  • It can be injected intravenously in emergency case.
  • Found as blood plasma substitute because it is sterile, does not produce heat, does not destroy red blood cells and is readily accepted by the body.
  • Aids the quick absorption of the drugs and makes their peak concentration in the blood easier by its electrolytic effect.
  • Urinary antiseptic and eliminates poisons in case of mineral poisoning.
    Coconut helps detoxify and flush toxins out of the body and cleanses your digestive tract.
  • Coconut heals hot flashes and restores emotional stability in menopausal women.
  • Boosts immune system.
  • It has more potassium and lesser sodium than any sports or energy drink
  • Coconut water contains high levels of lauric acid which is what is used by the body to make monolaurin -– a disease fighting fatty acid derivative. Lauric acid has anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties which protect the body against various infections and boosts the immune system.

Coconut water also helps relieve constipation, improves intestinal function and promotes digestive health -– it is often recommended to people suffering from acidity and ulcers.

Constipation, sluggish digestion and heartburn are common problems during pregnancy and can be helped to some extent by drinking coconut water.

In the heat of summer when you are looking for something other than water to quench your thirst, you can have this nutritious and refreshing beverage instead of sugar and calorie laden aerated drinks and fruit juices. It is naturally sterile and so perfect for drinking while travelling without the fear of contamination.

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Sanjana Shenoy

About Sanjana Shenoy

A dietitian from Mangalore, India. A post graduate diploma holder in “Dietetics” and a university topper from Welcomgroup School of Hotel Administration from the prestigious Manipal University. At present working as a Dietitian for the Manipal Group of Hospitals namely KMC hospital Mangalore, India. Consultant for corporates like Infosys and others, conducting talks and presentations for various associations and local television shows.

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7 Responses to Coconut Water- An elixir of life

  1. T.S.SUNDARAM November 23, 2009 at 4:58 pm #

    COCONUT.

    Green coconut water is a good source of Mineral salts and vitamins and contains the following:-
    Sodium,potassium,Calcium,Magnesium,Copper,Phosphorus,Sulphur,Iron,chlorine.
    Vitamin “B” complex, Niacin, Panthothenic acid, Biotin, Ribiflavin, Pyrodoxin.

    As the nut develops and becomes ripe and changes its colour from green to yellow most of its nutritional values get diminished and ulimately lost. So the water of only a green and tender coconut should always be insisted upon for drinking.
    Fresh water of green coconut should be used immediately.

    Vitamin “B” complex contained in coconut water strengthens the heart and vitalizes the nerves and the digestive system.

  2. Amol March 11, 2010 at 8:23 pm #

    Its really a great article. Its the first article I m reading of yours. I have some of relatives with heart problems. Their diet is restricted for salt(40%) and fats totally. I am depressed by their condition. Can u suggest some optional healthy diet for such people.
    Regards
    Amol
    [Secondary level Biology teacher]

  3. Sanjana Shenoy
    Sanjana - Dietitian March 11, 2010 at 8:58 pm #

    Thanks for the praise Amol….

    Amol,

    There is no need to be depressed. All follow the same restrictions in heart diseases.If you give me the details of their diet I can advise further….

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  5. Natasha August 3, 2011 at 3:50 am #

    How many glasses should one drink in a day for constipation?

  6. vidya April 13, 2012 at 12:41 pm #

    i love the article.thanks.i mtaking coconut water daily.
    i want to know is it good to take coconut water with patla malai.is it weight booster?
    plz reply me bcoz i m afraid of weight gaining while eating malai with water.

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