What are the Benefits of Coconut Water
A coconut that has been cracked open to drink.

What are the Benefits of Coconut Water

pathmedical Nutrition

Coconut water is a famous beach-day treat for those who are familiar with most tropical settings. Celebrities, athletes and fitness coaches believe in the powers provided through coconuts.

Here are some of the benefits to drinking coconut water.

Hydration – There’s a reason that you feel instant relief after taking a few sips of coconut water. The water contains potassium, which serves your body as an electrolyte. Potassium will help balance your sodium level, which in turn keeps your blood pressure down. The water content is 95% water, which helps to rehydrate your body just as well as plain water.

Nutrients – One cup of coconut water contains 46 calories and includes the following: magnesium, copper, fiber, carbs, protein, vitamin C, sodium, calcium, manganese and many other nutrients that your body needs to function at optimal level.

Nature’s Sports Drink – Coconut water produces natural electrolytes without additional sugar, artificial sweeteners, and food coloring. Coconut water does not share the same levels of sodium as traditional sports drinks; however, it could be consumed in larger quantities without causing an upset stomach or nausea.

Kidney stone prevention – 11% of men and 6% of women have kidney stones at least once in their lifetime (1). Staying hydrated is key to preventing them. Drinking coconut water can offer some relief and help flush your system. Coconut water increased the removal of potassium, chloride and citrate in urine (2).

High in potassium – Most people don’t get enough potassium in their diet. The mineral helps remove extra sodium from your body through your urine. Coconut water can even help lower blood pressure. It’s also recommended that you shouldn’t drink coconut water two weeks before any surgery as it can affect your blood pressure due to its high levels of potassium.

SOURCES
1. https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/urologic-diseases/kidney-stones/definition-facts#:~:text=into%20the%20urine.-,How%20common%20are%20kidney%20stones%3F,least%20once%20during%20their%20lifetime.
2. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/328691885_Coconut_Water_An_Unexpected_Source_of_Urinary_Citrate

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/coconut-water-benefits
https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/318394
https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-1261/coconut-water