Coconut Water

November 19, 2010

I was traveling with a friend about6 months ago in the Baltimore area and we stopped in this great little health-oriented cafe.  I saw something interesting on the menu – Coconut water, served in the shell.  I had heard of coconut milk before, but didn’t know what this was.

My friend grew up in India and immediately began to tell me about the great health benefits and his fond memories of taking young coconuts from street vendors, cutting them open, drinking the juice and scooping out the delicious pulp.  I tried it for the first time at this restaurant – and, other than having a hard time scooping out the pulp, was hooked!

Since then, I’ve seen a  growing popularity in markets, especially whole foods, of packaged coconut water (and sometimes actual young coconuts).  Below is some research that my staff researcher found on the health benefits.  My advice  is to check out this awesome natural sports drink.

But, I’d also suggest that you try it in its natural form as well – buy a young coconut, cut it open, drink the juice (it’s full, so you really want to poke a hole and drain it first) and scoop out the pulp.  I promise you won’t be disappointed.  But, don’t expect it to be overly sweet – because it isn’t.  But, as you’ll see below, it’s FULL of health benefits – many of which are beyond science’s full understanding of the components of nutrition.


Coconut water Nutrition and Health Benefits. Retrieved on November 14, 2010, from

Coconut water is the juice of young coconuts. It is considered to be a natural energy drink. It is naturally sweet with no preservatives or other chemicals added to make its taste better. The young coconuts’ liquid endosperm is one of the purest, most nutritious wholesome waters and beverages Mother Nature has given us.

All-natural coconut water is used to refresh, refuel, re-hydrate, feed and maintain the proper nourishment and fluid levels in our bodies. Specifically, it contains a caloric value of 17.4 per 100 gm.

It promotes proper digestion, and naturally helps clearing our urinary paths, and lubricating our body systems. These coconut fruits can be found in tropical regions and countries. In fact, India is one of the leading producers of coconuts in the world. An estimate of about 13 billion nuts per annum is being produced in India. A large number of coconut products are manufactured in India which have both domestic and international market. Some products that are manufactured from coconut water are vinegar and soft drinks. Below is the list of some of the potential health and medicinal benefits of young coconut water:

  • Low in Carbohydrates
  • 99% Fat Free
  • Low in sugar
  • Keeps the body temperature cool
  • Kidney and urethral stones treatment
  • A good and natural drink for feeding infants suffering from intestinal disturbances.
  • Excellent oral re-hydration medium
  • An excellent drink for cholera cases due to the presence of saline and albumen
  • Maintains the human body’s natural fluid levels.
  • Found as a blood plasma substitute because it is sterile, does not produce heat, and does not destroy red blood cells and is readily accepted by the body.
  • Kills intestinal worms.
  • Excellent all natural water to drink.
  • Aid the body in fighting viruses that cause the flu, herpes, and AIDS
  • Helps prevent osteoporosis
  • Helps control diabetes
  • Promotes bowel movements
  • Promotes healthy thyroid function
  • Helps eliminate pinworms
  • Used in cancer therapy
  • Helps kill the parasite Giardia Lamblia
  • Improves digestion
  • Provides quick energy
  • Relieves stress on pancreas and enzyme systems of the body
  • Helps in gallbladder disease
  • Helps eliminate Candida yeast infections
  • Inhibits the growth of mycoplasma
  • Helps eradicate eczema
  • Helps keep skin soft and smooth

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