Tired of drinking plain water? It’s important to stay hydrated, but that doesn’t mean your beverages have to be flavorless and boring. Enter coconut water: an excellent alternative with important nutrients. Not only is it sweet and hydrating, but it also contains minerals that are vital to your wellbeing. In addition, research shows that coconut water may have impressive health benefits for inflammation, high blood pressure, and high blood pressure. It may even aid in your weight-loss journey. Learn more about this super drink below.
Coconut water may ease inflammation.
Research has shown that coconut water contains antioxidants, which may reduce inflammation in the body. In an animal study, investigators learned that coconut water reduced inflammation in rats on a high-fructose (a complex sugar) diet. Another study found that a concentrated form of coconut water eased inflammation in animal liver cells. Why might this drink work on inflammation? Antioxidants protect our tissues from oxidative stress — a natural phenomenon that occurs when unstable molecules, known as free radicals, damage our cells.
It may lower blood pressure.
Unsweetened coconut water contains potassium, which relaxes blood vessel walls. And that’s not the only proof it may help reduce blood pressure. A 2016 animal study found that coconut water extracts contain antioxidants that have a hypolipidemic effect, meaning they help reduce cholesterol levels in the blood. Keep in mind that you may need to watch your coconut water intake if you are on blood pressure medication — ask your doctor for more information.
It may speed slimming.
Though not enough studies show that coconut water directly speeds weight loss, it’s an excellent beverage to add to your diet if you are trying to lose weight. Staying hydrated can help you burn more calories and reduce hunger cravings. One cup contains just 60 calories, 4 percent of your daily calcium, 4 percent of your daily magnesium, 2 percent of phosphorus and 15 percent of potassium — vitamins that are important for maintaining proper body functions as you cut calories.
It may steady blood sugar.
Some research shows that unflavored coconut water can help people maintain healthy blood sugar levels — especially if they are diabetic. For instance, one study published in 2015 found that coconut water had anti-diabetic properties in animals, thanks to its L-arginine (an amino acid that helps the body build protein). Another study published in 2021 noted that coconut water reduced blood sugar levels in animals.
Coconut Water Smoothies To Try
Wondering how you can incorporate more coconut water into your routine? We recommend Harmless Harvest Organic Coconut Smoothies (Buy from your local grocery store, prices vary). Try these delicious smoothie recipes.
This delicious blend may fight wrinkles, hair loss, and inflammation.
8 ounces coconut water
1 handful leafy greens, kale or spinach
1 cup frozen pineapple or mango chunks (or use ½ cup of both!)
¼ ripe avocado
1 scoop collagen powder
Combine ingredients in a blender. Enjoy!
Coconut Mango Smoothie
Enjoy a taste of summer with this delicious, creamy blend. This smoothie contains spinach as well, but if you’re not a fan, simply leave it out.
12 ounces coconut water
1 cup frozen mango chunks
1 cup or a handful of spinach (or any leafy greens)
2 tablespoons chia seeds
Combine all ingredients in a blender. Enjoy!
Berry Coconut Smoothie
Coconut Berry Smoothie
Replace your dessert with this delicious mix, and you’ll be well on your way to a healthy lifestyle.
3 cups frozen berries
2 tablespoons warm water
1 cup of coconut milk yogurt or your favorite alternative
1 cup coconut water
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)
Combine ingredients in a blender. Enjoy!
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A version of this article originally appeared in our print magazine, Woman’s World.