Thursday, November 18, 2010
Coconut Water - Nectar of the Gods
God is an awesome God and he has provided us with so many incredible plants to provide food and healing for our bodies. Young coconuts are so good for you in many ways. The water inside a young coconut is so pure and refreshing. Coconut has a long history of being both food and medicine.
Coconut water contains a load of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, amino acides, enzymes, growth factors and phytonutrients. They are grown close to the ocean and their roots have access to the oceans mineral rich salt water. These minerals are absorbed by the roots and are passed to the heart of the coconut. An 8 oz cup of coconut water is loaded with more potassium that a banana with trace elements of zinc, seleium, idodine, sulfer, manganese, etc.
There are many things that coconut water can help with correcting in the body but my favorite and most important factor is the lifeline to the heart. The minerals magnesium and potassium are known to help reduce high blood pressure and in Jamaica they consider coconut water as heart tonic. Studies have shown that coconut water when consumed improves the ratio of good cholesterol to bad and lowers the reduces plaque formation in the arteries thus reduces the risk of heart attack and stroke.
With the benefit of blood circulation it is a wonder food for diabetics. It also contains certain forms of fiber and amino acid that help moderate sugar absorption and improve insulin sensitivity.
The benefits of coconut are too many to mention and I've only touched the surface. I would encourage you to do some additional research and learn all that this wonder plant has to offer.
You can find young coconuts in the grocery store by the speciality produce items or at an ethnic grocery and health food store. These young coconuts are green but are peeled and left with a white soft shell. Just trim the white shell from the top close to the point and then take your knife and use the bottom part of the blade to make a dent then take the knife edge and pop the top off. Grab a straw and enjoy this wonderous juice inside. You can them to smoothies or other juices. I love drinking them alone. Its so refreshing and satisfying.
Top 10 Reasons to Drink Coconut Water
1. Contains 5 essential electrolytes: Potassium, Mangesium, Phosphorus, Sodium and Calcium.
2. Replenishes the body of fluides and aids in dehydration.
3. Provides immune support and detoxification.
4. It cleanses the kidneys and ease the stomach.
5. Improves muscle performance and allows for quicker muscle recovery.
6. Promotes smoother skin, hair and nails.
7. Boosts circulation and oxygen into the cells filling them with nutrients.
8. Reinforces proper alkaline balance.
9. Restores alkaline balance in the body.
10. Promotes heart health, weight loss and mental clarity.