posted on Jun, 13 2010 @ 01:21 PM
I love fresh coconut water and thought I'd share how very awesome it is.
Nutritionally the coconut is low in carbs, 99% fat free and lower in sugar than most fruit juices, including orange. It supplies 100% of our RDA
of vitamin C and contains multiple B vitamins including niacin. It's high in chloride which helps promote hair, nail and skin health and has more
potassium than a banana.
It's good for the skin, reduces blemishes and prevents chapped/dry skin. It helps heal burns, relieves rashes such as heat, chicken pox and
measles. Relieves insect bites, stings, hives, exczema and dandruff.
It's EXCELLENT for your digestive system. It's an 'isotonic' beverage, which means it has the same electrolite balance as or blood, making
it perfect for oral/system rehydration. The electrolite balance helps with headaches and hangovers and works better than 'sports drinks'. It's
great for nausea and vomiting and given to babies with intestinal problems ie; colic. It also helps with malnurishment in 3rd world countries. It aids
with digestion and breaks down kidney and gall stones. It's a urinary antiseptic and relieves UTI's. It's a diuretic so helps with pre-menstrual
bloating and kills intestinal worms.
It detoxifies your liver and eases stress on you pancreas. With the help of the potassium it improves calcium absorption which helps with strong
teeth and bones.
To me, the most amazing fact is that coconut water is considered a 'Universal Donor'. Since it's identical to our blood plasma it can be used
for transfusions. During WWII soldiers were given emergency transfusions of coconut water as plasma. It's sterile, doesnt heat up in it's nice
little shell and doesnt destroy red blood cells. How cool is that??
The 'water' is in the young green coconuts only and can be bought at your grocery or health food store. The box version is so-so and the canned
version sucks ass, both defeat the purpose of 'fresh' anyway.
The coconut isnt a fruit and it's not even a nut, it's a seed! Even tho coconut allergies are few and far between in the US the FDA started
labeling it as a tree nut, just in case??? Like dairy and nuts it's gotta be disclosed as such.
So, grab a knife and crack one open. Enjoy over a glass of ice or straight from the source, reducing your carbon footprint as well!!