It is not only the delicate sweetness and fresh taste of coconut that make it an instant cheer-up drink. Coconut water is also a perfect way to escape the heat in summers. However, calling it just a refreshing drink or summer escape is a bit understatement. Coconut water is a great natural electrolyte and contains a high amount of potassium and low carbohydrates. Many health experts claim that it is superior to conventional sports drinks and is the richest natural source of potassium and sodium. It contains around 4.5% carbohydrates, while typical sports drinks contain a 6%-8% carbohydrate concentration. There are several other benefits of drinking coconut water. But before explaining you benefits of coconut water, check out its nutritional value below:
Carbohydrate: 9 grams Sugar: 9 grams
Magnesium: 15 percent of the daily value (DV) Potassium: 17 percent DV
Sodium: 10 percent DV Calcium: 6 percent DV
Vitamin C: 10 percent DV Dietary fiber: 10 percent DV
Helps in recovery: Coconut water is one of the best post workout drinks after a moderate workout session and the credit goes to its high potassium contents. Sodium and potassium help our cells maintain impulses that are responsible for muscle contractions and fight off the effects of muscle cramps.
Hydrates better than water: According to South-east Asian Journal of Tropical Medicine and Public Health, sodium-enriched fresh young coconut water is the best source to rehydrate your body after a workout. The claim from South-east Asian Journal came after assessing the hydration effectiveness of plain water, sports drinks, and coconut water.
Remedy for hypertension: According to one study in the West Indian Medical Journal, coconut water is an ultimate drink for the problem of hypertension. The study claims that twenty-eight people with hypertension were given bottled water, coconut water, and other tropical drink. The group drinking coconut water had the biggest drop in blood pressure.
Fat-free and cholesterol free: One cup of natural coconut water (unpackaged) contains 45 calories, a very small amount of fat, and no cholesterol. Thus, it is the best option to rehydrate your body.
Stomach friendly: Coconut water is Alkaline in nature, which means it is less acidic than juice and won’t upset your stomach.