All natural 6 April, 2017 Isabel Vallejo
With a high potassium content, this natural beverage is also rich in vitamins and enzymes and is perfect for athletes in the summertime.
Medical Advisor Carlos Díaz
Medical specialist in alternative therapy and vegetable pharmacology, practitioner at Coomeva Private Healthcare
Some secrets are well kept, such as that of coconut water. Enclosed inside the shell of the fruit of the Cocos nucífera (coconut tree), a tree that grows naturally in Colombia, you can find water that has a high nutritional content and is extremely hydrating.
And while you can already find it bottled on the shelves of supermarkets or natural food stores, when possible, it is best to consume it in its most natural form; ideally from green coconuts (unripe or young coconuts), as they offer a higher nutritional value.
This transparent beverage, occasionally opaque, is known for being high in electrolytes, especially in potassium, which, “…keeps the body hydrated even for high performance athletes and can be used on a hot day to prevent dehydration and sunstroke,” explains physician Carlos Díaz, an alternative therapy specialist. It also has antioxidant properties as well as enzymes and vitamins.
These components have made coconut water the subject of scientific analysis and study. These studies have found that its cardioprotective effects helps lower bad cholesterol and triglyceride levels. It also reinforces the balance of electrolytes in the body, helping to eliminate excess sodium, and can have a positive effect on managing high blood pressure. It is the perfect drink before or during a sports activity.
Coconut water is known to be a natural diuretic, can help prevent kidney stones and also refreshes, nourishes and hydrates the skin, slowing the aging process.
Coconut water is therefore an excellent way of “…rehydrating the body in cases of dehydration caused by diarrhea and/or vomiting,” Díaz states.
The doctor warns to be careful with coconut water as it comes from coconuts that are ripening, may be milkier in appearance and whose sodium levels will be higher, “… which could affect people with high blood pressure or kidney problems. Due to its high levels of potassium, it is not recommended for patients with renal failure.”
For those who live in regions where coconut is not a native fruit, you can find it bottled. “What you can do is check the nutritional label and ingredient list for any additives it has in order to find out its calorie and nutritional content,” Díaz concludes.