The juice of young coconuts has flooded the modern market. According to statistics, in 2009 sales of the drink are amounted to 20 million$, in 2010 – twice as much, in 2011 was expected to increase to 100 million $. It is not a problem to purchase this product; there are specialized shops for sale of coconut water.
Nutritionists about coconut water
The first thing usually mentioned by nutritionists is coconut water and electrolytes balance. Due to this balance it can satisfy all the needs of sportsmen. If you have ever participated in competitions and team sports, or do any exercise intensively, you can feel that plain water a does not fully satisfy the needs of your organism.
Sportsmen usually use special sports drinks to compensate the deficit of electrolytes and glucose lost in the period of exercises. This tropical liquid is a natural reservoir of zinc, potassium, calcium, magnesium, sodium. It consists of 50% more potassium than one banana does Potassium is known to be essential for normal functioning of cells and organs, especially the heart. Potassium prevents cramps during exercise.
A lot of people eat bananas during exercise. Sugar content in this juice is less than in sports drinks. Now athletes prefer to drink coconut water instead of sports drinks as liquid filled with electrolytes. Interestingly, this incredible drink is gaining more popularity among those who are not interested in professional sports.
Interesting facts about coconut water
During the World War it was even used for intravenous administration to prevent a shortage of liquid, macro – and microelements. One nut contains from 200 ml to 1 liter of water, depending on the cultivar and size. The fruits, which are younger than five months, have a bitter taste.
Old nuts contain less water, because during the maturation of the endosperm (white flesh) it thickens.
This liquid can quench the thirst. It perfectly fills the level of electrolytes in the body. Cytokines contained in coconut water have anti-cancer properties, slow down the processes of aging and blood clots. Applying externally before bedtime fresh coconut water, you can reduce acne, age spots, wrinkles, stretch marks, cellulite, and eczema.
Enzymes from coconut juice improve digestion and metabolism. Despite a very light texture it has a set of minerals (which is much higher than, for example, in orange juice). It contains calcium, iron, manganese, magnesium, and zinc. Coconut juice is a great source of vitamin B (Riboflavin, Niacin, thiamine, pyridoxine, and folic acid).
Coconut water promotes the normalization of weight, maintain in good condition the cardiovascular system (normalizes blood pressure and cholesterol). In addition, it improves immunity and relieves fatigue.
Coconut water can be drunk without any additions, but with ice it will be more refreshing. It’s nice to enjoy this juice with lemon, mint, and orange zest.
Guarantee of safety
Coconut water is a universal and safe drink. Its use does not cause any side effects. So it can be used in the nutrition of sick people, pregnant women and infants.