It all starts in Vietnam’s untouched tropical heart – the Mekong Delta. Abundant rains, fertile soil and bright sun around the year give coconuts special flavor, sweetness and freshness. Thanks to local farmers avoiding use of pesticides and artificial fertilizers, coconuts grow as tasty and healthy as they do in the wild.
Coconut water, a.k.a. coconut juice is a liquid contained in young coconut palm fruits. As they mature, it is enriched with vegetable oils, getting thicker and turning into coconut milk and then it turns solid, becoming coconut pulp or the actual “nut core”.
It’s more than just water – it contains a lot of nutrients, including vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, amino acids, cytokinins. It is also a source of such elements as magnesium, calcium, potassium, contains zinc, selenium, iodine, sulfur, manganese, boron, molybdenum and essential amino acids – valine, leucine, isoleucine, methionine, lysine, threonine, tryptophan and phenylalanine. And all that is much tastier than “just water”.
If the coconut is undamaged, the liquid inside is sterile and sometimes it is used in medicine as a base for normal saline.
Coconut water is well known as healthy and nutritious substitute for fresh and mineral water. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) recommends it as a natural energy drink for professional and amateur athletes, it helps to maintain an optimum body fluid balance.
Coconut water is rich with electrolytes (sodium, magnesium, calcium and potassium). We lose a lot of electrolytes with sweat, and this can cause cramps, nausea and weakness. That is why both professional and amateur athletes drink coconut water as a natural source of electrolytes. It is recommended to drink it before, during and after training as rehydratant and isotonic drink.
Coconut water contains natural components that help to slow skin aging and maintain its health. Healthy skin is smooth and beautiful skin. Moreover, it helps to fight cellulite, lowering body’s acidity, one of causes for cellulite, reducing risks for the health and thus improving face and body skin condition.
It also helps to excrete heavy metals and binds oxidants. The result is most easily visible with improvements in skin condition. That is why coconut water is a frequent component of modern detox diets.
Coconut water is a part of many diets. First, it helps to suppress appetite. Second, it’s low on calories, sugars and fats, contains no gluten and a lot of antioxidants. Third, regular consumption of coconut water improves metabolism and helps to control weight.
A quick note for women monitoring their weight - 100 grams of coconut water contain zero fat and less than 4 grams of carbohydrates. It is a low-energy drink: 17 calories per 100 grams. That, of course, is 17 calories more than distilled water, but it’s 5 times less than a cup of cappuccino.
Coconut water contains a number of natural enzymes that help to improve digestion and metabolism. Regular consumption of coconut water helps to prevent stomach aches associated with digestion problems.
It also contains lauric acid, which helps to fight gastrointestinal infections, normalizes stomach functions and, combined with potassium, helps to control blood pressure levels.
Coconut water is a natural source of potassium; it contains more potassium than bananas. Growing up requires a lot of potassium: it improves the supply of oxygen to the brain; it is required for skeletal muscles proper functioning and improves muscular action.
It is a hypoallergenic product, so your children can drink coconut water starting from the first year. It also helps to soften many allergic reactions.