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5 Science-based health benefits of Coconut Water

Team Udayavani, Aug 3, 2020, 8:13 PM IST

Coconut water is a tasty, refreshing beverage which is loved by people of all the age groups. It contains 94 percent water and very little fat.

Coconut water is sterile and sweet and is rich in unique chemicals such as vitamins, minerals, sugar, enzymes, electrolytes, cytokine, amino acids and phyto-hormones.

Here are 5 science-based health benefits of coconut water

1.Coconut water is good for keeping you hydrated. Compared to plain water and sports drink, coconut water causes less fullness, nausea or stomach upset post-exercise

2.Coconut water contains antioxidants which modify free radicals so they no longer cause harm. Free radicals are unstable molecules produced in your cells during metabolism and when there are too many free radicals in your body, it enters a state of oxidative stress. It can damage your cells and increase disease risk

3.Coconut water contains more calcium and magnesium than other sports drinks or fruit juices. Calcium helps muscles contract and work properly and magnesium helps with energy production and supports organ function

4.Coconut water can lower blood sugar levels. As it is a good source of magnesium, it increases insulin sensitivity and decrease reduce blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes

5.Coconut water has been shown to have health benefiting effect on the body’s cholesterol. It may help lower blood pressure and potentially decrease the risk of blood clots forming in your arteries as it has anti-thrombotic activity

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