14 March 2014

Heavens’ Dew

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The water of tender coconut is the most nutritious beverage that the nature has provided. Coconut water has a long history of use as both a food and as a medicine. It not only gratifies thirst but revitalizes the body and brings about a sense of well-being and renewed health.

Tender coconut, the most nutritious beverage nature has provided

Compositionally, its major constituents are Sugars in the forms of glucose and fructose (0.5 to 1.4%) Coconut water also contains small quantities of protein (0.7 percent). The fat content of coconut water is so low; it is essentially fat-free. It has caloric value of 17.4 per 100gm.

Tender coconut water is rich in electrolytes which closely resemble the electrolytes present in our body .It is particularly rich in potassium, an essential nutrient. Calcium, magnesium and sodium are some of the major constituents. It also contains a variety of trace elements such as zinc, selenium, iodine, sulphur, manganese, boron, molybdenum, and others. Tender coconut water contains both ascorbic acid and vitamins of B group which help in boosting immunity.

Benefits of tender coconut water

  • Coconut water acts as an excellent oral re-hydration medium in case of de-hydration. When there is loss of fluid, especially during strenuous exercise, during bouts of illness like cholera, dysentery, influenza, jaundice and other ailments.
  • Coconut water also alleviates constipation, improves intestinal function and promotes digestive health. It is often suggested for people suffering from ulcers.
  • Coconut water helps reduce plaque formation and improves circulation, thereby reducing the chances of heart attack and stroke. It’s rich in Potassium and magnesium there by effective in reducing high blood pressure.
  • Tender coconut water is a natural diuretic, increases urine output. It is reported to clear-up bladder infections, remove kidney stones, and researches have proved that coconut water can be very effective in dissolving kidney stones.
  • Women are encouraged to drink it when pregnant and nursing so their milk will provide all the nutrients necessary for a healthy baby. Infants are fed with coconut jelly (soft immature coconut meat) as weaning food.
  • Coconut water is a safe method to get rid of these worms in infants.
  • Coconut water is the finest natural source of cytokinins. (Growth hormone). When cytokinins are rubbed on to the skin, they stimulate cell division of connective tissue which replaces older, damaged tissue with younger tissue. This is the reason for adding cytokinins to facial creams and lotions. Also applied over the rashes of smallpox, chicken pox, measles and prickly heats.

Image Credit: Flickr/ McKay Savage

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