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How do you choose the best coconut water?

coconut water

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Coconut water is the clear liquid inside a young green coconut. Many people associate drinking fresh coconut water with holidays to the Caribbean, Brazil, South East Asia, Pacific Islands or Africa but these days you can buy coconut water almost in any supermarket or corner store.

Why is coconut water good for you?

Coconut water is good for you because it contains a unique blend of vitamins and minerals that are good for your health. For example when your body is sweating, it is losing minerals such as sodium, potassium, magnesium and calcium. The electrolytes in coconut water can replenish these, making it a very effective natural sports drink. A¬†study published in the Molecules Journal in 2009¬†shows that coconut water, in addition to minerals and vitamins, contains other health beneficial compounds like phytohormones. These phytohormones help to fight arthrosclerosis, hypertension, ageing, cancer, heart disease and neural diseases like Alzheimer’s and Dementia. Drinking coconut water can also boost the antioxidant system and helps to prevent anemia in pregnancy. Dr. Bruce Fife N.D. points to other studies that show the ability of coconut water to treat or prevent high blood pressure, stroke, kidney stones, osteoporosis and Crohn’s disease. Continue reading