Heart help: 71% who drank this lowered their blood pressure
71% who drank this lowered their blood pressure
Nathan Batalion, Global Health Activist Healingtalks Editor
(Healingtalks) Did you know you can make a drink out of the juice of a coconut or coconut water – and this can help you improve your heart health? Shake a coconut and what you hear inside is coconut water.
Coconut milk vs water
Coconut milk, known in Malaysia and Indonesia as “santan” and in the Philippines as “gata,” is a thicker liquid made by grinding up coconut meat and diluting it about 50% with water. It is a rich source of healthy fat and protein, and is used in Asian cuisine. Coconut water is a much lighter drink that is 95 % water. It is gotten from young, green coconuts that look different than the brown hairy ones. They are white and pointed on one end, flat on the other. This coconut water is the liquid part of the coconut and when the coconuts are immature, the inner meat is not hard but jelly-like. It turns out that BOTH the soft “meat” and the liquid of coconuts are nutritional powerhouses!
“Dew from the heavens”
Coconut water is “noelani” by the Hawaiians which means “dew from the heavens.” Many tropical cultures prize coconut water due to its refreshing and health renewing properties. As a result of the rich volcanic soils and mineral-rich seawater in which coconut palms grow, coconut water’s nutritional profile is very impressive. It is rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, amino acids, enzymes, and cytokinins – a plant hormone which has anti-aging effects. Coconut water is further alkalizing For a complete nutritional profile, see tables at the Coconut Research Center site.
Coconut water’s health benefits
According to Bruce Fife, author of Coconut Water for Health and Healing, coconut water has the following health benefits:
|Rehydration (water and electrolytes)||Increased exercise performance||Cardioprotective (rich in potassium and magnesium); helps regulate blood pressure, improve circulation, reduces plaque formation|
|Anti-inflammatory; reduces swelling in hands and feet||Prevents abnormal blood clotting||Aids in kidney function (preventing and dissolving kidney stones, UTI remedy)|
|Helps balance blood glucose and insulin levels||Digestive tonic (rich in enzymes); feeds friendly gut flora||Remedy for constipation and diarrhea|
|Anti-aging properties||Enhances skin health (elasticity, age spots, wrinkles), improves wound healing||Enhances eye health (cataracts, glaucoma)|
|Supports immune function; antimicrobial (contains monolaurin)||Helps prevent osteoporosis||Anti-cancer properties|
Nature’s Gatoraide or sports drink – with perfect electrolytes
Electrolytes are inorganic compounds that conduct electricity to help signaling between all the cells of our body. Your cells thus use electrolytes to maintain voltage across membranes or to carry electrical impulses to other cells. Water balance and blood pH depend on electrolytes.
Fresh coconut water is one of the richest sources of electrolytes and can be used to prevent dehydration from strenuous exercise, vomiting, or diarrhea. You lose electrolytes when you sweat for a while, such as an hour gym workout, so it is easy to replenish your electrolytes using coconut water – better than with any sports drink. It contains so many electrolytes, it’s been called “Nature’s Gatorade.” It has all the five essential electrolytes, potassium, sodium, magnesium, phosphorous and calcium. It is especially rich in potassium ions, but less so in sodium ions. Thus for a heavy workout or if you sweat a lot, you should add a pinch of mineral rich salt to your glass of coconut water. One study in 2007 found coconut water to be as effective as commercial sports drinks for whole body rehydration after exercise, with less stomach upset. But there is controversy because the sodium content may not be enough, so add that pinch of salt.
For the salt additive, we use SunFire Salt, a mix of Himalayan pink, Bolivian rose, and Hawaiian red, and Chinese salt – an ultimately diverse mineral addition.
Cytokinins: Anti-aging benefits
Cytokinins are phytohormones or plant hormones. They regulate growth, development, and aging of plants. Coconut water has been an important horticultural resource, used in the propagation of several plants, including orchids and traditional Chinese medicinal herbs. The cytokinins found in coconut water support cell division and growth. Cytokinins have also been found slow down aging. Coconut water is the richest natural dietary source of cytokinins. Cytokinins also have anti-thrombolytic properties to lower the risk for blood clots. But coconut’s benefits don’t stop there. They also have anti-cancer effects.
Cardiovascular and Urinary Tract Benefits
Coconut water have been found to help prevent heart attacks as well as hypertension. In one study, 71 percent of people who drank coconut water lowered their blood pressures. Dr. Eugenio Macalalag, director of the urology department of the Chinese General Hospital in the Philippines, also reported that coconut water was effective in treating his patient’s kidney and urethral stones. When his patients drank coconut water 2-3 times a week, the reduced their stone size, eliminating their need for surgery.
Coconuts can be heavily sprayed with pesticides. So be sure to buy only organic coconuts. The best coconut water is purely from fresh organic coconuts. In a pinch, you can use packed products after a workout.
Skip pasteurized juices and sodas
Coconut water is a perfect replacement for juice or soda. Drinking the fresh coconut water, not bottled and especially not pasteurized. So next time you want a refreshing after-workout or sports event beverage, crack open a coconut! Second best, Exotic Superfoods makes an organic-raw version of coconut water – the only kind of packaged coconut water we recommend.
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A good video on the overall benefits of using coconuts, including coconut water.
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