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8 Facts about Coconut Water

The increasingly popular drink, coconut water, is getting good reviews for its elixir-like health benefits and its hydrating properties so what is there to know about coconut water…

1) Coconut water is rich
…in antioxidants and ions such as calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, sodium, zinc, copper, manganese, and selenium and vitamins B6, C, and E, as well as vitamin K, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, and folate.

2) Coconut water is rich in potassium (K+) ions
Potassium ions are essential for the electrical activity needed to support muscular contractions and the ion maintains the transmission of nerve impulses and muscle contractions.

3) Boosts hydration:
Coconut water is very hydrating; and can be even more hydrating than sports drinks.

4) Raw coconut water can naturally turn pink
Coconut water contains naturally occurring antioxidants which make the drink appear to be a light pink hue rather than the usual cloudy white colour.

5) Baby Coconuts taste better
Coconut water is harvested from, young, green coconuts which are still unripe and it is thought that the younger the coconut, the better its taste and nutritional value.

6)  Natures Sports drink
Coconut water can stimulate muscle repair after heavy exercise / training and it helps to relieve cramps and restock nutrients that were lost during workout.

7) Coconut water is good for the heart
The presence of selenium in coconut water aids in the prevention of myocardial infarction, the control of hypertension and also has anti-thrombotic properties.

8) Coconut water was used as an IV drip in World War II.
Coconut water was given via intravenous drip in World War II for intravenous hydration in critically ill and dehydrated patients, when normal intravenous saline solution wasn't readily available.


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