Coconuts are a lot healthier than people think. They are highly nutritious, rich in fiber and packed with essential vitamins and minerals.
Young coconuts are the most health enhancing. The water in the young coconut is one of the highest sources of electrolytes. Electrolytes are responsible for keeping the body properly hydrated so the muscles and nerves can function appropriately.
Studies have shown that coconut water can perform just as well as a traditional sport’s drink to keep you hydrated and help replenish fluids after a run. However, coconut water has less sodium, the main electrolyte you lose with sweat, than most sport’s drinks. It also has fewer carbohydrates than many drinks meant for endurance performance.
Health Benefits Of Coconut
Historically, people have used coconut as part of traditional medicine. The meat is said to, among other things:
- Counteract some poisons
- Protect against disease
- Ease inflammation
- Kill bacteria
- Coconut can help lose weight. The MCFAs (Medium Chain Fatty Acids) widely found in coconut meat are associated with fat burning.
- Eating coconut may improve cholesterol levels and help decrease belly fat, which is a risk factor for heart disease.
- Coconut is low in carbs and rich in amino acids, healthy fats, and fiber, making it a great choice for blood sugar control.
- Coconuts contain polyphenol antioxidants that can protect your cells from damage, which may reduce your disease risk.
- Restores and supports thyroid function.
- Improves insulin secretion and symptoms associated with diabetes.
- Helps keep hair and skin healthy and youthful looking, prevents wrinkles, sagging skin, age spots, and provides sun protection.
- Helps protect the body from cancers due to insulin reduction, removal of free radicals that cause premature aging and degenerative disease.
- Improves digestion and absorption of nutrients, vitamins, and minerals.
- Supports immune system health: it is anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-parasite.
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