10 Core Benefits of Drinking Coconut Water than your favorite fruit sodas and here’s why

10 Core Benefits of Drinking Coconut Water

Coconut water is the ultimate thirst quencher and offers a tasty alternative to water. This pure liquid is packed with nutrients that yield an array of health benefits. Here are 10 benefits of Coconut Water that explain why it has become so popular, that you might want to ditch your sugary fruit drink now:

1. Aids in Weight-loss Efforts.

The fat content in coconut water is extremely low, so generous quantities can be consumed without the fear of immediately packing on the pounds. It also suppresses the appetite and makes you feel full because of its rich nature.


2. Picture-Perfect Skin.

For those with acne or other blemishes on the surface of the skin, topical application of coconut water can go a great distance as it has the ability to clear up and subsequently tone the skin. It also moisturizes the skin from within if ingested orally and eliminates large amounts of oil. This explains why products such as facial creams, shampoos, conditioners and lotions that contain traces of coconut extract are more effective.





3. The Ultimate Hangover Remedy.

Next time you overdo it and drink more than your belly can handle, consume coconut water to settle your stomach. It will also replace those essential electrolytes that exit the body if you experience bouts of frequent urination and vomiting.


4. Facilitates Digestion.

If you constantly encounter difficulty during the digestion process, coconut water may provide a source of relief. Because of its high concentration of fiber, it aids in the prevention of indigestion and reduces the occurrence of acid reflux.

10 Core Benefits of Drinking Coconut Water
Coconut water is known as a natural sports drink!


5. Boosts Hydration.

The ingredients in coconut water are way more effective at hydrating the human body than those of sports and energy drinks. During rigorous exercise or extended periods of physical activity, the human body loses mineral-rich fluids. However, coconut water serves as an excellent replacement medium with 294 mg of potassium and 5 mg of natural sugar per glass, unlike your favorite sports drink that only contains half of the potassium content and five times the amount of processed sugar. In addition, the sodium count is only 25 mg, which is relatively low compared to the 41 and 20 mg found in sports drinks and energy drinks respectively.




6. Reduces Blood Pressure.

In many instances, a disproportionate level of electrolytes can result in high blood pressure. Because coconut water contains an adequate supply of each, it can be used as a balancing mechanism. In some instances, it is recommended that coconut water be consumed at the start of each day to foster the balance of these electrolytes.

10 Core Benefits of Drinking Coconut Water

7. Rich in Nutrients.

Unlike any other beverage on the market, coconut water contains five essential electrolytes that are present in the human body. These include calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium and sodium. Because of its unique composition, coconut water can be enjoyed by individuals with varying medical conditions.

Potassium
Coconut water has more than 10 times the amount of potassium of most sports drinks. An 8-ounce glass of coconut water is packed with as much potassium as a banana. Most Americans fall short of the daily recommendation for potassium. At 405 mg per cup, the potassium in coconut water can help you ward off cramps.

Potassium helps keep fluid and electrolyte balance in the body, especially during exercise. Because there is more potassium than sodium in coconut water, the potassium may help balance out sodium’s effect on blood pressure and possibly even help lower it.

Calcium and magnesium
Calcium is vital for more than just strong bones and teeth. It helps muscles contract and work properly. As you exercise, your muscles pull on your bones and break them down slightly. As your body recovers, your bones use calcium to get stronger and repair.

Magnesium helps to move calcium and potassium into muscles to aid in contraction and relaxation. It also helps with energy production and supports organ function. A hard workout can leave you depleted in magnesium and prone to cramps, restless muscles, and spasms.

While coconut water contains more calcium and magnesium than other sports drinks or fruit juices, it is not a concentrated source of either mineral. Coconut water contains less than 5 percent of your recommended amount of both calcium and magnesium.





8. Low in calories

With only 45 calories in a cup, coconut water is a great substitute for higher calorie drinks like sodas or juice, according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Coconut water has less sugar and carbohydrates than most juices. It also has more minerals and electrolytes like sodium and potassium. However, for casual sipping, it still can’t compete with zero-calorie water.


9. Antioxidants

In addition to all of its hydrating benefits, coconut water contains antioxidants that help to neutralize oxidative stress and free radicals created by exercise. Look for fresh coconut water to get the highest levels of antioxidants. Processed and heat pasteurized coconut water has fewer antioxidants, according to a recent study.


10. Compatible with Human Blood.

Since it is isotonic to human plasma, coconut water can be used in extreme emergencies to quickly rehydrate the human body if administered intravenously. It is not uncommon for the drink to be used in poorer, third-world countries to save human lives.




Philippines, 2nd largest source of coconut water in Asia

The Philippines has always been known for its abundance of coconut trees. In fact, coconut production is such a huge industry in these islands that the country is reputed to be the second-largest coconut producer in the world after Indonesia.

And thanks to the coconut water craze that has seen even Hollywood’s biggest stars chugging this sweet and refreshing drink, its production reached even greater heights.

Luckily for those living in most areas with coconut plantation (just like my Mom!) coconut water is very accessible. But what about those living in the urban jungle?

No worries coz there are several coconut waters in a bottle that you can always grab from the nearest supermarket. Check our favorites!

10 Core Benefits of Drinking Coconut Water
Locally Merci Buco Coconut Water – this one tastes good but I find it a little sweeter than the au natural coconut water fresh from the coconut fruit, but still a good choice. It also comes with a fusion variety such as with pandan flavor or lychee.






10 Core Benefits of Drinking Coconut Water
Tropicana Coconut Water is another mainstream coconut water in the market no wonder it is a little bit pricey, however, the taste is really good.


10 Core Benefits of Drinking Coconut Water
Similar taste with Tropicana but with a little price difference. This comes with pineapple fusion flavor which doesn’t I don’t find it appealing.





10 Core Benefits of Drinking Coconut Water
Lipa coconut water drink which is made from Lipa Batangas Philippines is another good player and the first coconut water that packaged in tin cans. This is also available by exports most in Middle Eastern countries. 

10 Core Benefits of Drinking Coconut Water
Nyogi Coconut Water also made in the Philippines is another little player in the local market. Much affordable than the rest, and less sweet. It comes with watermelon and lime fusion flavor.





Here in Australia, I found this coconut water from Woolworths supermarket which is very affordable. It is a must-have for my regular trip to grocery shops, and guess what – this coconut water is produced from the Philippines!

10 Core Benefits of Drinking Coconut Water
10 Core Benefits of Drinking Coconut Water
Supporting Philippine products even I’m here in Australia!




How Much Should You Consume?

Coconut water can be enjoyed as a stand-alone beverage or combined with another liquid product. There is no hard and fast rule regarding the amount that should be consumed on a daily basis, but experts from the Mayo Clinic strongly suggest that you consider maintaining an active lifestyle if consuming large amounts of coconut water since each eight-ounce serving is accompanied by 45 to 60 calories.

When searching for the perfect fresh coconut to enjoy, be sure to steer clear of those that have a hard-brown shell as this is an indication that it is mature. Instead, look for those that are young and green on the exterior as they usually contain a large supply of the actual coconut water substance. To test it out, simply shake the coconut up and down to gauge how much liquid it contains.



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  1. I've tried coconut water a few times but I can't handle the taste. Maybe I need to check out a few different brands?

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    1. I agree with you.. there are some brands that have different taste, maybe they added something.

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  2. I adore coconut in all forms so this appeals to me. I'll look out for cocnut water now.

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    1. That's awesome! Now that I'm here in Australia, and here in my are fresh coconut juice is hard to get. That's why I rely now from Woolworths :)

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  3. I love coconut water, especially the one straight from the fruit. I haven't tried buying from groceries thinking of the added preservatives because I prefer fresh coco water. huhu. Im craving for one right now.

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    1. yes, fresh straight from the coconut fruit is always the best. I could pay more money for that.

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  4. I love coconut water. Grocery stores have now dedicated shelf space for coconut water. I also use a lot of coconut milk and flour in my cooking. I guess I am now a COCO NUT ������

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    1. OHH I love dishes with coconut milk! It feels warm in my tummy :)

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  5. I had no idea it was this beneficial. Thanks for sharing

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  6. Coconut water is totally my favourite and it os very healthy too.

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    1. that is true! I miss living at my Mom's place because coconut juice is always free :D

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  7. I use a lot of coconut oil for it's great properties.. I've been looking into coconut water. The watermelon and lime sounds nice!

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  8. I very rarely drink coconut water. I was not aware of all the benefits it has! I might increase my coconut water intake then!

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    1. coconut water is my substitute to water if not available.

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  9. I'm sold! I will try this for sure

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  10. Coconut water - My all time favourite even in winter also. I give my kid from his age 1. Its hydrates your body instantly.

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  11. I've never tried this before. I should! I imagine I would like it and I'm impressed by all the benefits.

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    1. try the fresh coconut water straight from the coconut fruit first.

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  12. I didn't know that coconut water has so many benefits. I don't really like it from a carton, I prefer the one directly from the coconut.

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  13. Coconut water is a gift from the gods. In my homecountry they sell something called "cocada" it is a local coconut water smothiee and your post just made me want to be back there drinking cocadas at the beach.

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    1. I also remember back then when we used to hike, we don't bring water with us and just rely on coconut juice.

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  14. I love drinking coconut water for a taste, I didn't realize it all these core benefits! Thanks for sharing.

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    1. very beneficial. Some old folks believe that coconut water is a good cleansing agent to prevent us from getting UTI. My Mother is a huge fan!

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  15. I love using coconut water for days when I sweat a lot. I like to drink ones that are mixed with juice

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    1. yes, those days when Pocari isn't available, coconut water is the best.

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  16. I had no idea that coconut water aided weight loss. I love the taste of it but didn't know it had all these great benefits. Thanks for the information!

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  17. Coconut water after a long run is one of mine and my athletes favorites...

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  18. I don't know why I haven't been drinking this. I think I would love to do this instead of the soda I drink. I think once I start shopping again I will start this new habit.

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  19. Growing up in my native country, I used to drink coconut water almost everyday. My grandmother had a lot of trees in her yard.

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  20. i'e only tried vita coco, didn't like it. but i think i will give some other brands a try

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    1. Yeah try other brand if you can't get a fresh coconut fruit!

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  21. Coconut are abundant here in our country and we usually have some coconut trees in our backyard. Coconut water taste amazing and as written above, has many benefits.

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  22. I wasn't aware that coconut water was so good for you! I might pick some up when we do our next supply run.
    Thank you for sharing.

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  23. I like coconut water, but I did not realise it had so many benefits

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    1. Maybe you can consider adding this to your grocery shopping!

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  24. I'm super grateful to live in India where fresh coconuts are easily available! And we believe that having coconut water in the first few hours of sunrise can be very beneficial.

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  25. Whenever I visit India , we always have coconut water to cool us down due to the heat and also for hydration. However , I like only fresh coconut water and not the boxed ones.

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    1. I agree. Now that fresh coconut is quite tough to source here in Australia, this one from Woolsworth is good and its from my country!

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  26. I love coconut water, it is delicious, that is why I drink it so much

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  27. I wish I enjoyed the taste of it more. It is such a healthy drink.

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    1. Maybe you can consider than drinking soda, a good alternative to water if not available.

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  28. I drink way too much soda so I'll try coconut water instead, thanks for the idea.

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  29. Wow, so many health benefits of coconut water. Especially the one that it balances the blood pressure. My father have the problem of fluctuating blood pressure & I am surely going to recommend him the same.

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  30. I love coconut water because it cleanses your body and it has less sugar! Also, it is a diuretic and helps you urinate more frequently. Also, it cleanses your soul (kidding!) but seriously, it's good for the body!

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    1. You are right! It is preventive measure for UTI.

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  31. It's true that coconut water is healthy and packed with nutrients, aside from its flavor, it's another to reason to love this drink.

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    1. It is a miracle drink that can be source almost free.

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  32. Coconut water has such great nutrients. It has so many benefits to helping your overall health. It is a drink to never underestimate!!!!!

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  33. Coconut water makes my skin so smooth. Love the taste and the natural properties.

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  34. I love coconut water. Of course nothing beats the buko juice, you get fresh from cracking a cocout in half, but my love for coconut water is not picky. Hihi. I like this too, actually.

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    1. Buko juice is the best! Marami sa atin sa Pinas!

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  35. Coconut water is very healthy and my favorite too.

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  36. I’m with the comment above who says they’ve tried it before and found it to be an odd taste. I would try this again however because as you noted hear it boosts hydration and it’s good for your skin as well as digestion. That I did not know.

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    1. Just like a gourd (we call it ampalaya, in the Philippines) it is a nutritious vegetables, yet it taste soo bitter!

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  37. Great post! I usually drink a glass or of coconut water every lunch time.

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  38. Wow! I have learned so much about coconut water. I've had it a few times and enjoyed it but this post is making me want to make it a daily drink. I work out a lot so the extra calories shouldn't be a problem. Also, thank you for including what to look for in buying a fresh coconut!

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    1. You are always welcome! Enjoy more coconut water!

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  39. I try not to drink soda, coconut water is a much better alternative!

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  40. Coconut water is better than most of the cold drinks we have these days. Love it.

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  41. Such a beautiful dream job. Keep up the good work. Hope you reach all your goals in the future.

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