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Coconut Water: More Than Just A Refreshing Beverage

by Institute for Vibrant Living

According to health experts, there are few beverages as compatible with the human body and its hydration needs as fresh coconut water.

Did you know that coconut water has been used for intravenous (IV) hydration and resuscitation of critically ill patients for over half a century?

Benefits of Coconut Water | Institute for Vibrant Living

While some people are concerned about the sugar content in coconut water, recent research shows it actually lowers blood sugar in an experimental model of diabetes. When study researchers gave so-called ‘diabetic’ rats coconut water, it lowered their blood glucose and levels of oxidative stress, indicating that it may have therapeutic potential in treating type 2 diabetes.

Animal research further shows that coconut water prevents and reverses high blood pressure (BP), along with reducing triglycerides and free fatty acids. Not only that, the activity of antioxidant enzymes were higher after consumption of coconut water - and insulin sensitivity improved as well.  

Other medicinal properties of coconut water include:

  • Anti-ulcer:  both coconut milk and coconut water exhibit potent anti-ulcer activity.
  • BP-lowering when human subjects consumed coconut water for two weeks, their systolic BP was reduced by up to 24 points and diastolic BP reduced up to 15 points in 74% of the trial group.
  • Anti-Alzheimer’s: in an animal model of ovariectomy-induced menopause, coconut water prevented decline of brain estrogen levels as well as the associated accumulation of harmful beta-amyloid plaque in the brain, normally associated with severity of Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Anti-bacterial: three novel antimicrobial peptides have been identified in coconut water with activity against both Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria.
  • Anti-gastroenteritis:  When sodium is added (ideally sea salt) coconut water becomes an ideal rehydrating agent, used in countries where medical supplies are not freely available and where cholera and other severe forms of gastroenteritis still persist today.

Coconut water is also an excellent alternative to sports drinks, which are increasingly being made up of synthetic ingredients whose effects on the human body are as yet untested.

Filtered by nature through an intensive purification process, it is far safer for your body than water from municipal systems - which may leave up to 600 toxic disinfectant byproducts behind.

Given its many health benefits, why not consider adding coconut water to your diet today?

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