We now live in a modern world now where more people are becoming health-concious as they shop at the grocery store. One of the latest trends in beverages is the rise of coconut water. Are there any health benefits from drinking it or is it a marketing ploy for this big corporate companies to make high-end profits from just water? We will explore these questions further and see if hottest new hydration drink for workouts and yoga is as healthy as it sounds.
Coconut Oil is Filled with Healthy Nutrients
Coconut oil is already well known for its amazing nutritional and beauty-enhancing properties. The saturated fats found in coconut oil can be excellent for the body. Just like coconut oil, coconut water contains some pretty incredible health benefits of its own. Choosing to cook meals with coconut oil in place of canola and vegetable oils can be a beneficial alternative. It’s also safe to put on your skin and hair to help with hydration and moisturizing. So would this translate over to coconut water? Of course it does!
A glass of coconut water is jam-packed with twice as much potassium as a medium-sized banana, a healthy level of sodium, and trace amounts of calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, and zinc. However, don’t let the “water” part deceive you: there are 45 calories in eight ounces of coconut water, so go easy on it and supplement it with plenty of plain H20.
Coconut Water May Lower Blood Pressure and Cholesterol
Along with the vitamins and nutrients that coconut water has, it has also been proven to lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels. According to the American Heart Association, adding appropriate amounts of potassium to one’s diet can help maintain or reduce blood pressure because it lessens the effects of sodium. Daily consumption of coconut water (which also contains potassium) could therefore also reduce blood pressure and cholesterol.
In a 2005 study, subjects who drank coconut water daily for two weeks showed a reduction in both systolic and diastolic blood pressure by 71% and 29% respectively. Subjects who only drank water showed no improvement. (Source)
It was also found that rats that consumed coconut water recovered faster from heart attacks, and it is believed that the electrolytes (potassium, calcium and magnesium) found in the beverage may help maintain heart health. (Source)
Coconut Water Hydrates the Body
Although coconut water has many health benefits, the price of coconut water is pretty high for the average consumer. At about $3.00 for a 16 ounce drink, it can put a dent on the wallet if you drink it all the time. If you prefer coconut water and still want those added benefits to your water, it may be time to try our Electrolyte Enhanced Evolve Water. It is packed with electrolytes that will keep you going throughout the day after and before intensive workout classes at an affordable price. Electrolytes are found in most common sports drinks but are full of sugars and syrups that are detrimental to your health. Get all the good in sports drinks without the bad stuff. Give us a call today at (602) 462-5300 for water delivery and current prices!