60 Amazing Benefits Of Coconut Water (Nariyal Pani) For Skin And Health June 8, 2017

‘She put the lime in the coconut, she called the doctor, woke him up
And said, Doctor, ain’t there nothin’ I can take
I say, doctor, to relieve this bellyache?’

Absurd. Yeah, you may call these lines random and out of place, only they aren’t.

They are from a very popular 70s hit ‘Coconut’ by Harry Nilsson. Yes, he made a full 4 minutes 32-second peppy song talking about coconuts. And why not? The elixir from the tropics, coconut water, has been a favorite natural drink since time immemorial, sometimes being a life saver too (I’ll discuss that later).

An alternative to aerated beverages and sports drinks, coconut water, is low in calories, and delicious to boot! But, did you know that your favorite drink has some surprising benefits to offer?

Do I see your interests piquing? Good. Because I’ve got a lot to share.

Come, hop on the wagon.

Coconut Water- A Brief

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Scientific Name- Cocos nucifera
Family- Arecaceae
Origin- South East Asia
Other Names- Nariyal Pani (Hindi), Kobbari Bondam Neeru (Telugu), Tenkay Tannir (Tamil), Karikkin Vellam (Malayalam), YeLeneeru (Kannada), and Narikelera Pani (Bengali)

Before we begin with the never-ending tale of coconut water benefits, let’s take a quick look at the biological aspects of this fruit. Ready?

Vasco da Gama gave the coconut its name. The inhabitants called it ‘Coco,’ named after a scowling face or hobgoblin (the scary coconut’s ‘eyes,’ remember?). When this ‘coco’ arrived in England, the suffix ‘nut’ was added making it a ‘coconut.’ Interesting, right?

But, coconut is not a ‘nut’ as many of us presume. It is actually a stone fruit found on the palm trees that grow well in the coastal tropical environments. This tree usually yields several hundreds of tender fruits every season, depending upon the species and the area.

Coconut ‘water’ is actually the juice present inside the endosperm (interior cavity) of the young (about 5-7 months old) and tender coconut. This clear liquid is sweet and sterile and contains various essential

compounds such as vitamins, minerals, sugars, electrolytes, amino acids, phytohormones, and cytokine.

Each tender coconut may contain around 200 to 1000 ml of water, depending on the size and species. Any fruit that is younger than five months of age will be bitter and without any nutrients. On the other hand, mature coconuts have less water because their endosperm is thick with a white edible kernel.

Let’s quickly move on to the interesting part without wasting any more time, shall we?

How Can Coconut Water Help You

Health Benefits

  1. Promotes Cardiovascular Health
  2. Improves Lipid Metabolism
  3. Prevents Kidney Stones
  4. Aids Digestion
  5. Prevents And Treats Dehydration
  6. Helps With Muscle Cramps
  7. Strengthens Bones
  8. Reduces Bloating
  9. Aids Weight Loss
  10. Helps With Diabetes
  11. Lowers Blood Pressure
  12. Treats Diarrhea
  13. As An Electrolyte Replacement
  14. As A Detoxifier
  15. Beneficial After A Prolonged Workout Session
  16. Balances pH Levels
  17. Provides Instant Energy
  18. Cures Hangovers
  19. Relieves Headaches
  20. Treats Alzheimer’s
  21. Healthy Alternative To Caffeinated Drinks
  22. Has Antimicrobial Properties
  23. Boosts Immunity
  24. Has Anti-tumor Properties
  25. Eye Health
  26. Relieves Stress
  27. Cures Insomnia
  28. Boosts Memory
  29. Treats Gallstones
  30. Fights Depression
  31. Healthy Drink For Pregnant And Breastfeeding Moms
  32. Helps Battle Free Radical Damage
  33. Is Good For Babies
  34. Reverses Chemotherapy Damage
  35. Treats Constipation
  36. Cures Crohn’s Disease
  37. Alleviate Ulcerative Colitis
  38. Heals A Leaky Gut
  39. Reduces Fever
  40. Cures Cholera
  41. Cuts toxin activity in The Liver
  42. Beneficial For Postmenopausal Symptoms
  43. Cures Acid Reflux, GERD, And Gastritis
  44. Increases Libido
  45. Alleviate Glaucoma
  46. Treats Hypothyroidism

Skin Benefits

  1. Moisturizes Skin
  2. Reduces Signs Of Aging
  3. Helps Reduce Pigmentation
  4. Treats Skin Infections
  5. Helps Reduce Acne
  6. Cures Eczema
  7. Works As A Natural Cleanser And Toner
  8. Heals Skin Infections
  9. Removes Sun Tan

Hair Benefits

  1. Stimulates Hair Growth
  2. Adds Shine
  3. Controls Dandruff
  4. Treats Damaged Hair
  5. Prevents Hair Loss

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Health Benefits Of Coconut Water

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Did you know that coconut water was able to save many lives during the World War II?

You might take this as a far-fetched idea, but there are more than one documented cases that prove coconut water’s importance as an emergency intravenous fluid during the 40s and 50s.

The list has just begun. There are many health benefits of coconut water that you will be surprised to know, just like the one above. So, stay tuned.

1. Promotes Cardiovascular Health

For a healthy heart, you need to eat nutritious food and exercise regularly. And now, you can add drinking coconut water to the list.

Studies have shown that coconut water can reduce the risk of heart attacks, lower blood pressure, and hypertension (1).

Tender coconut water, preferably fresh, can be had once a day to improve cardiovascular health.

Caution—Coconut water might be low in calories, but the yield from one coconut can contain about five grams of sugar. Therefore, drinking too much coconut water is not recommended.

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2. Improves Metabolism

You probably know that improved metabolism means that you end up burning more calories. While there might be many things slugging your metabolism, coconut water isn’t one of them. In fact, it can give your metabolism quite the boost.

One of the crucial things required for the proper metabolism of carbohydrates and fats into energy is manganese (2). This is why coconut water, a good source of manganese, helps improve metabolism.

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3. Prevents Kidney Stones

Prevention of kidney stones is one of the most effective health benefits of coconut water. Kidney stones can cause a lot of pain and may result in serious health issues. Drinking coconut water can help in preventing them.

Kidney stones occur when there is an accumulation of crystals in your kidneys that should have been flushed out through urine. Research has shown that coconut water reduces the amount of crystals deposited in the kidneys, which significantly reduces the occurrence of kidney stones (3).

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4. Aids Digestion

It is common knowledge that ingesting fibers is essential for your digestive system to function properly. Coconut water is rich in fiber, which is why it helps with your digestive system.

The water a single coconut yield contains about 9% of the amount of fiber that is required by your body in a single day (4).

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5. Prevents And Treats Dehydration

Dehydration occurs when the water content in your body drops. It is usually a result of not drinking enough water or losing water through excretion. Coconut water keeps you hydrated, which is why a lot of athletes use it as a post-workout drink.

When you are dehydrated, you don’t just lose water; you lose essential salts and nutrients as well. Coconut water, which has high water content and is rich in nutrients, helps replenish your body (5).

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6. Helps With Muscle Cramps

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Muscle cramps can happen due to many reasons, and coconut water helps ease the discomfort.

According to studies, potassium deficiency can result in muscle spasms. A diet rich in potassium ensures that your muscles stay in perfect order (6).

Excessive exercising can also cause muscle cramps, which can be eased by the consumption of electrolytes. Coconut water, which replenishes lost water and potassium, can be a perfect substitute for any energy drink (7).

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7. Strengthens Bones

Although our bones are made up mostly of calcium, we need some nutrients to maintain bone strength and density.

There have been several studies about the impact of coconut water on bones. The results have been favorable (8). Coconut water contains a significant amount of calcium that is necessary for healthy bones. It also has magnesium that builds bone strength.

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8. Reduces Bloating

Bloating is usually gas-related. But it can also be caused due to high sodium intake, which coconut water can reduce.

Coconut contains a high amount of potassium, which helps counteract the effects of sodium (9).

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9. Aids Weight Loss

Weight loss is one of the most amazing benefits of drinking coconut water. Consuming empty calories is one the main reasons you tend to put on weight. Aerated drinks and other sugary drinks can make you pile on calories and leave you feeling hungry. If you are seeking an alternative, coconut water is an excellent substitute.

Coconut water is a good source of dietary fiber (10). Fiber does not get digested by your body, so it stays in your system longer and keeps you feeling full. This is why you rarely feel hungry, and eat less.

[ Read: Coconut For Weight Loss With 4 Weeks Diet Plan ]

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10. Helps With Diabetes

Wondering if people with diabetes can have this sweet and delicious drink? Research says yes!

Certain studies have concluded that the water from mature coconuts can have an antidiabetic effect (11). People with diabetes are very susceptible to excessive blood clotting, which puts them at risk (12). Not only does coconut water help reduce blood sugar, but it also prevents the occurrence of blood clots.

Caution—With the intake of coconut water, diabetics should monitor their blood sugar for signs of hypoglycemia.

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11. Lowers Blood Pressure

Coconut water has a direct effect on blood pressure. Studies have shown that it can help in lowering blood pressure and hypertension. It also reduces cholesterol and prevents blood clots.

Coconut water exhibits antithrombotic effects, which means it helps prevent blood clots (13). It also reduces cholesterol, which can have an enormous impact on your blood pressure by clogging up your arteries (14).

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12. Treats Diarrhea

Coconut water is a must-have liquid for those suffering from diarrhea. It will prevent the need for hospitalization by replacing the fluid loss from the GI (Gastrointestinal) tract (15).

Interestingly, this humble liquid has a higher osmolarity than that of the WHO recommended ORS solution due to the presence of essential chemical compounds such as amino acids, minerals, enzymes, and fatty acids. Being very low in sodium and chlorides, but high in sugars and amino acids also makes coconut water a well-balanced fluid replacement for diarrhea.

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13. As An Electrolyte Replacement

Coconut water is also a workable short-term replacement for human blood plasma (16). 100 ml of coconut water contains about 250 mg of potassium and 105 mg of sodium that help replenish electrolyte deficiency in the patient’s body.

This is the sole reason why coconut water was popular during the World War II.

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14. As A Detoxifier

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We all know that detoxification is an important process for the proper functioning of our body. This process helps flush out harmful components from our organs, making us healthy from inside out.

But did you know that dehydration is also a significant contributor to the build-up toxins in our body?

Yes, it is, because inadequate hydration leads to hampered functioning of kidneys and livers, the detoxifying organs, thus giving way to the accumulation of toxins in the body.

What can we do about it?

The solution is all clear, my dear. Stay hydrated. And what can be a better hydration alternative than our precious coconut water?

Our body is capable of cleansing and detoxing on its own, provided it has all the essential nutrients and hydration, and coconut water contains every required nutrient including potassium and sodium.

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15. Beneficial After A Prolonged Workout Session

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Replace your energy drinks with coconut to stay hydrated even after a long work-out session.

Coconut water is rich in essential potassium, sodium, magnesium, and calcium which helps natural replenishment of lost electrolytes in the body. Also, they assist in maintaining proper fluid balance (1718).

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16. Balances pH Levels

Many toxins and chemical compounds present in the environment and foods make your body pH levels highly acidic which can eventually lead to joint pain, chemical sensitivity, heartburn, weight gain, diabetes, and immune deficiency.

This is where coconut water comes into play.

Coconut water has an amazing alkalizing effect which helps restore a healthy pH in the body. So, next time you face a disturbing acidity and heartburn, don’t think before sipping on this tasty drink.

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17. Provides Instant Energy

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Are you still relying on that bottled energy drink after a sunny day? Don’t. Because now you have a better reason to switch to coconut water instead.

A glass of fresh coconut water contains about 5 mg of natural sugar that has better energy-boosting effects than that of energy drinks, at a much lower price (19). The same glass is also rich in about 294 mg of potassium, which is essential for energy production in the cells.

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18. Cures Hangovers

Consume coconut water next time you go overboard with the alcohol.

Having coconut water helps settle your stomach, reducing frequent urination and the urge to puke. It also helps provide the much-required hydration and nutrients that are lost courtesy alcohol.

Also, the antioxidants present in this revitalizing drink fight oxidative stress that occurs due to too much alcohol in our system (20).

Make your hangover drink by using coconut water, ripe mangoes, lemon juice and mint. Here’s how:

What You Need
  • 2 cups fresh coconut water
  • 2 cups grated ripe mangoes
  • 2 fresh mint sprigs
  • 1/2 cup ice
What You Need To Do

Make a smoothie by blending all the ingredients and have it fresh to get rid of that annoying hangover.

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19. Relieves Headaches

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Dehydration is one of the major triggers for headaches, and coconut water is touted to be one of the best natural remedies for instant hydration.

Migraine patients have low levels of magnesium and coconut water with their high levels of magnesium helps reduce the frequency of migraine attacks (21).

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20. Treats Alzheimer’s

Coconut water is being seen as one of the new possible treatments for neurological diseases like Alzheimer’s.

In one study, it was found that trans-zeatin, a cytokinin present in coconut water, has high prevention powers against brain cell damage. It also helps cure impairments in memory (22).

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21. Healthy Alternative To Caffeinated Drinks

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Having fresh coconut water in the place of your regular morning and evening tea is a good option.

It keeps you energized for the day without compromising on taste. Containing only 19 calories per 100 grams. coconut water is also high in nutrients like iron, calcium, magnesium, potassium, and vitamin C.

So what are you waiting for?

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22. Has Antimicrobial Properties

Coconut water has natural antimicrobial peptides that are effective in fighting harmful bacteria like E.coli, S. aureus, B. subtilis, and P. aeruginosa (23).

While E.coli, the multi-drug resistant bacterium, is the universal inhabitant of the human digestive tract, B. subtilis and S. Aureus cause food poisoning. On the other hand, P. Aeruginosa is a potent human pathogen that can be found in milk, milk products, fruits, and vegetables.

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23. Boosts Immunity

Trust coconut water for an active immune system.

Every 100 grams of coconut water contains 2.4 mg of vitamin C that is required for the production of antibodies to fight any foreign invasion. It also helps clean your body of the existent toxins and germs, making you healthy from inside out. Coconut water also successfully beats cold viruses (24, 25).

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24. Has Anti-tumor Properties

Many researchers have concluded that having coconut water regularly can help in the treatment of a tumor.

Coconut water has yet another essential cytokinin gibberellins (GAs) that contain anti-tumor properties (26, 27).

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25. Eye Health

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Coconut water can be your best bet to ensure goog eyesight.

Our body needs a significant amount of Vitamin B1 for an improved brain and eye health. It strengthens eye muscles and betters night vision (28). Every cup of coconut water contains around 0.7 mg of Thiamine (Vitamin B1), so you need to have two cups to meet the recommended daily requirement of 1.4 mg.

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26. Relieves Stress

Office, traveling, family problems—a number of reasons can cause stress. Drinking a glass of fresh coconut water is a very refreshing method to kill high tension levels.

Coconut water contains a fair amount of vitamin B5, B6, and folate, that help reduce stress levels (29). Folate (vitamin B9) also helps trigger the release of serotonin, the mood-boosting hormone (30).

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27. Cures Insomnia

Tired of battling sleeplessness? Try having coconut water before going to bed and watch yourself dozing off to sleep.

This natural ingredient contains GABA, a neurotransmitter that has a relaxing, anti-convulsive, and anti-anxiety effect on the body, aiding a good sleep (31).

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28. Boosts Memory

Fasten the learning process of your kids with the help of coconut water.

Several studies have concluded that coconut water helps increase memory owing to the presence of glutamic acid, an amino acid that is essential for improved memory retention and recall (32).

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29. Treats Gallstones

Drink coconut water to flush out the accumulated gallstones from your body.

Coconut water is rich in malic acid, which when paired with magnesium helps in the breakdown of gallstones.

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30. Fights Depression

It might sound surprising, but coconut water is found to be useful in the treatment of depression.

Coconut water has a high magnesium content (a whopping 60 mg per cup) that is clinically proven to fight symptoms of depression (33). Having this refreshing drink daily promotes a healthy state of mind, uplifting the mood.

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31. Healthy drink For Pregnant And Breastfeeding Moms

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Coconut water plays a crucial role in the overall health and development of the body during pregnancy.

Regular consumption of coconut water helps address typical pregnancy discomforts such as fatigue, dehydration, muscle spasms, cramps, poor blood circulation, and blood pressure. Its soothing nature helps calm digestive tract, relieving morning sickness, nausea, acid reflux, and constipation.

Coconut water contains a trace of lauric acid, an immune-boosting compound, which is also found in the breast milk (34). This is why breastfeeding mothers are advised to have a good quantity of coconut water.

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32. Helps Battle Free Radical Damage

This refreshing drink also contains antioxidants that help scavenge free radicals that cause harm to our organ system (35).

If left free, these radicals can start chain reactions in the body by robbing electrons which eventually leads to cell death.

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33. Is Good For Babies

Give your baby essential vitamins and minerals such as calcium, vitamin C, riboflavin, potassium, magnesium, iron, and manganese without spending much.

The innumerable medicinal properties of coconut water fight microbes, relieving your baby of gastrointestinal problems like ulcer, indigestion, diarrhea, flatulence, and vomiting. This natural water also assists in the treatment of urinary tract infections and bilious fever.

You can start giving your baby coconut water soon after you put them on solid foods, i.e. around 6-8 months.

Caution—Coconut water is not advisable for infants below six months due to an increased risk of allergic reactions.

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34. Reverses Chemotherapy Damage

Coconut water helps in the speedy recovery of the damage done by chemotherapy.

This natural water is rich in electrolytes that help oxygenate the blood which further helps restore the WBC count, ANC count, hemoglobin, and platelets.

The antimicrobial properties of coconut water can kill microbes inside of cancer cells turning them back to normal cells.

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35. Treats Constipation

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Coconut water, being a natural laxative, is touted to be an excellent cure for constipation. It contains a high amount of dietary fiber that ensures stool formation (36, 37).

Also, the cleansing property of this water regulates the bowel movement in the body.

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36. Cures Crohn’s Disease

Patients suffering from Crohn’s disease lose a lot of body fluids due to severe diarrhea. Thus, providing them with a healthy dose of added electrolytes is a good option. And what can be better than a glass of coconut water?

Coconut water is a natural source of electrolytes with added benefits of natural sugars and amino acids sans artificial coloring (38).

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37. Alleviate Ulcerative Colitis

Tender coconut water with its healing properties is highly effective in treating digestive disorders like ulcerative colitis.

Regular consumption of coconut water soothes the mucous membranes of the colon and the rectum, reducing the swelling in them (39). Here’s how you can consume it to relieve stomach ulcer:

What You Need
  • 3-4 drumsticks
  • One glass of coconut water
  • One teaspoon honey
What You Need To Do

1. Boil the drumsticks in water for about 10 minutes and extract its juice.
2. Add the extracted juice to a glass of coconut water and mix honey with it.
3. Have this juice once a day for best results.

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38. Heals A Leaky Gut

Drink coconut water religiously to get rid of a leaky gut.

It contains a good quantity of lauric acid that helps heal digestive tract, relieving you of intestinal gas, and the Leaky Gut Syndrome (40). Being a carminative, it also helps improve the nutrient absorbing ability of the digestive tract.

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39. Reduces Fever

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One can make use of coconut water’s cooling and calming property to relieve burning sensations due to high fever (41).

It also helps normalize the body temperature that goes up because of fever.

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40. Cures Cholera

Coconut water is a boon to those suffering from cholera due to the high content of potassium and magnesium. It helps bring back the much-required electrolyte balance in the body (42, 43).

For best results, squeeze the quarter of a lemon in a glass of coconut water and have it twice in a day till the symptoms subside.

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41. Cuts toxin activity in the Liver

Many studies have confirmed that the hepatoprotective properties make coconut water an ideal ingredient for liver (44). Also, this natural water has powerful antioxidants that reduce the toxin activity in the liver.

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42. Beneficial For Postmenopausal Symptoms

Having fresh coconut water daily can help cure the postmenopausal symptoms relieving you from the pain and discomfort (45).

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43. Cures Acid Reflux, GERD, And Gastritis

For a better stomach health, make sure you have one glass of fresh coconut water every morning and evening.

Coconut water, being high in potassium and electrolytes, is beneficial in treating acid reflux, GERD and gastritis. It helps neutralize the excess acid in the stomach, soothing your pain.

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44. Increases Libido

Did you know that coconut water can help you increase sex drive?

Manuscripts and tales from Thailand and the Pacific nations give coconut water the reputation of being a potent aphrodisiac for both men and women (46).

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45. Alleviate Glaucoma

Having coconut water is touted to be a natural remedy for glaucoma.

Glaucoma is an eye disorder where small blood vessels and the optic nerve gets damaged due to elevated pressure in the eye. Coconut water helps reduce the production of the aqueous humor by blocking adrenaline-like substances (47). This, in a way, reduces the pressure in the eye for about 2 and a half hours.

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46. Treats Hypothyroidism

Coconut water is also beneficial in the treatment of hypothyroidism.

It is a natural diuretic, thus supporting the proper functioning of the thyroid gland (48). Coconut water, being rich in healthy fats, also increases the body’s metabolic rate and helps in the energy production. All these factors eventually help cure hypothyroidism.

With this, we wind up almost all the health benefits of this natural drink.

Let’s just jump to the next exciting section without much ado. C’mon.

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Skin Benefits Of Coconut Water

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Acne? Wrinkles? Tan? Name any skin trouble and you will find a solution for it in our very own coconut water. Just see how:

47. Moisturizes Skin

The key to great skin is proper hydration. The sun, pollution, and harsh soaps can strip your skin of its natural moisture, and leave it dry. Applying coconut water is a great way to hydrate your skin.

Coconut water is a great moisturizer for every skin type (49). It is lightweight, so it hydrates your skin without making it greasy.

How To Use

A face mask made out of coconut water and lemon juice can be the perfect non-greasy way to infuse your skin with some much-needed moisture.

What You Need
  • 2 tablespoons coconut water
  • ½ teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon honey (optional)
What You Have To Do
  1. Place the coconut water in a bowl, and add the lemon juice to it. If your skin is dry, add honey. Stir to combine all the ingredients.
  2. Soak a couple of cotton balls in the concoction, and massage it into your skin using gentle, circular motions.
  3. Keep it on for 30 minutes, and then rinse with cold water.
How Often Should You Do This

This face mask can be used on alternate days.

Caution—Lemon juice may dry out your skin, so make sure you adjust the quantity according to your skin type. Oily skin can get away with more of it, since it helps control oil. But, those with normal or dry skin should use less lemon juice, and add honey to the mask for an extra boost of moisture.

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48. Reduces Signs Of Aging

Wrinkles, fine lines, and age spots are bound to appear as your skin ages. But with proper care, these signs of aging can be delayed. If you are seeking a surefire way to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, you might want to give coconut water a try.

Coconut water contains cytokines that help promote cell growth (50). This helps your skin repair faster, as well as reduce the damage that has been caused.

How To Use

Mature skin tends to be dry. The potent combination of coconut water and yogurt exfoliates and moisturizes the skin, and reduces signs of aging.

What You Need
  • 1 tablespoon coconut water
  • 2 tablespoons plain yogurt
What You Have To Do
  1. Place the yogurt in a bowl. Add the coconut water, and stir till the ingredients are combined.
  2. Using a brush, apply the pack on your face.
  3. Keep it on for 15 minutes, and rinse it with cold water.

Yogurt has lactic acid, a gentle but effective exfoliator (51). It helps improve the appearance of your skin by removing dead cells and moisturizing it, leaving it smooth and supple.

How Often Should You Do This

You may use this face pack once or twice a week.

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49. Helps Reduce Pigmentation

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There might be a number of products out there that claim to reduce pigmentation, but they are either ineffective or full of harmful chemicals. If you are seeking a natural alternative, coconut water can help with blemishes, tan, and discolored skin.

Research has shown that vitamin C can help remove pigmentation (52). This is why coconut water, which is a naturally rich source of vitamin C, works well in reducing tan and blemishes (53).

How To Use

Coconut water, when used with the fuller’s earth (multani mitti), can help reduce pigmentation.

What You Need
  • 1 tablespoon fuller’s earth
  • 1 ½ tablespoons coconut water
What You Have To Do
  1. Combine the Fuller’s earth and the coconut water to make a thin paste.
  2. Apply the paste on the pigmented areas, or your entire face.
  3. Keep it on for 15 minutes, and rinse with cold water.
How Often Should You Do This

This face pack can be used once or twice a week.

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50. Treats Skin Infections

Your skin is always susceptible to bacteria and fungi, and they can cause skin infections that may result in rashes or irritated skin. Coconut water can help you prevent and treat them.

Tender coconut water has antibacterial, antifungal, and antiparasitic properties, which is why its topical application helps treat skin infections (54).

How To Use

The topical application of coconut water over the infected area can help reduce the symptoms and treat the infection.

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51. Helps Reduce Acne

If acne is the bane of your existence, you have probably tried a number of ways to get rid of it. One ingredient that is easy to overlook is coconut water. Yes, your favorite summer beverage can double up as a treatment for acne.

Acne is caused when the follicles in your skin get clogged by oil, which is then attacked by bacteria to cause swelling (55). Due to the antibacterial properties that coconut water possesses, its application can help reduce acne (56).

How To Use

A toner, made with coconut water and honey, will not only help reduce acne, but will also leave you with smooth skin.

What You Need
  • ½ cup coconut water
  • 1 teaspoon honey
What You Have To Do
  1. Stir the honey into the coconut water.
  2. Soak a cotton ball into the potion, and dab it on cleansed face.
  3. Leave it on for 10 minutes and wipe it off with a washcloth.

Honey is another antibacterial agent (57). It also has anti-inflammatory properties that can reduce swelling and soothe your skin.

How Often Should You Do This

You may use this every day as a part of your CTM routine.

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52. Cures Eczema

Coconut water is a great natural remedy for skin diseases like eczema.

Having two to three glasses of this natural drink is a great way to hydrate your skin without running behind all the costly cosmetics. It is rich in essential nutrients like potassium, lauric acid, antioxidants, and cytokinins that helps maintain a youthful skin. Coconut water also helps balance the pH levels of the body. And all these factors indirectly makes coconut water an ideal treatment for eczema.

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53. Works As A Natural Cleanser And Toner

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Hey you! Are you still searching for that perfect toner online?

Don’t.

I have a natural ingredient that works thousand times better without looting you. Yes, I’m talking about our beloved coconut water which when used as a cleanser and toner helps you get rid of the stubborn dirt and impurities of the day without causing any fuss. You can even add a few drops of lemon juice for added skin lightening effect.

Note: Those looking for removal of dark spots should mix coconut water and rose water and use it as a face cleanser two to three times a day.

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54. Heals Skin Infections

Our skin is prone to the worst damage during the summers and the monsoons. Infections, random acne pop-ups, redness, itching—there are various ways in which our skin takes a hit.

What can you do about them?

Well, I suggest you make use of the healing properties of coconut water. It has antiviral, antimicrobial and antifungal properties that helps tackle various degrees of skin infections. Simply apply some fresh coconut water on the affected skin with the help of a clean cotton ball.

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55. Removes Sun Tan

Tired of using every brand available to lighten the dark tan marks? Why don’t you go natural for once?

Coconut water when mixed with fuller’s earth (multani mitti) makes the best tan-removal home remedy. Apply it on the affected area and let it dry before wiping it off with warm water. Use it thrice a week for two months and see it for yourself.

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Hair Benefits Of Coconut Water

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This might be the last benefit section, but it is no way the least concerned one. Every woman complains on how she has been losing thousands of her beloved strands every day, and how she has been using the best product in the market to no avail.

It is time you turned to coconut water. It is cheap, easily available, and highly effective when it comes to hair troubles.

Keep reading to know how.

56. Stimulates Hair Growth

The state of your hair often reflects the state of your overall health. Lack of certain nutrients can stunt hair growth or cause hair fall. Coconut water, a treasure trove of medicinal properties, helps provide nutrients that can help your hair grow.

Potassium is an element that is essential for hair growth (58). Coconut water stimulates hair growth because it is a rich source of potassium (59).

How To Use

Massaging coconut water into your scalp on a regular basis can help with hair growth.

What You Need

½ cup coconut water

What You Have To Do

1. Using cotton balls or even your fingers, massage coconut water into your scalp.
2. Leave it on overnight, and wash with a gentle shampoo.

How Often Should You Do This

You may massage your scalp with coconut water on alternate days.

Note: Also, massaging your scalp can be very beneficial in improving the health of your hair. It increases blood circulation to your scalp, which strengthens your roots and reduces hair fall (60).

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57. Adds Shine

If you’re looking for an all-natural way to condition your hair and boost shine, you don’t need to look further than coconut water.

Coconut water infuses your hair with moisture and deep conditions it (61). It leaves your hair bouncier, glossier, and shinier.

How To Use

The best way to condition your hair with coconut water is to use it as a hair rinse.

What You Need

1 cup coconut water

What You Have To Do

1. Shampoo your hair as usual, and rinse thoroughly.
2. Dilute the coconut water with three to four mugs of tap water, and use it as your final rinse.

How Often Should You Do This

You can rinse your hair with coconut water as often as you shampoo.

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58. Controls Dandruff

Nobody likes a scaly, flaky, white scattered scalp. So it won’t be wrong to consider dandruff one of the most embarrassing conditions; especially when it is quite visible and you are wearing a dark shirt.

Thankfully, coconut water has anti-fungal properties that helps reduce the scalp itchiness and dandruff within no time (62). It also helps soothe the inflamed scalp, making it smooth and hydrated.

What You Need
  • 10 teaspoons coconut water
  • 1/2 teaspoon neem oil
What You Need To Do
  1. Mix the two ingredients and gently massage your scalp with it.
  2. Leave it on for at least an hour before washing it off with lukewarm water.
  3. Use this treatment twice a week for best results.

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59. Treats Damaged Hair

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Chemically fried hair. Those who like to dye their hair would easily relate to this term. Here, your hair looks as if they have been robbed off their natural moisture making it fried and wiry. Definitely unappealing.
But don’t you worry.

You can now make your red, brown, or even electric blue hair look natural with the help of coconut water. It helps tame the dry and frizzy hair without causing any more harm to the already damaged hair.

What You Need
  • 2 tablespoons coconut water
  • 1 tablespoon yogurt
What You Need To Do
  1. Mix the two ingredients and massage your hair and scalp with it.
  2. Let it stay there for an hour and wash it off using a mild shampoo and conditioner.
  3. Use this technique twice a week for best results.

Note: Alternatively, you can also use other beneficial ingredients like apple cider vinegar, banana or avocados for a anti-frizz hair mask.

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60. Prevents Hair Loss

Finding strands of hair circling your hair brush can be quite a painful sight to watch. This is the stage that actually prompts you to act.

Thankfully, nature has a solution for every problem. And here, we are talking about the great coconut water.

This natural water can also help you address the serious issue of hair loss/alopecia by ensuring proper blood circulation in the scalp.

It enhances the density of the hair, further strengthening the hair follicles. This helps stop the bulk hair fall. So don’t forget to add coconut water to your daily routine for healthy and flowing hair.

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Selection And Storage Of Coconut Water

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Coconuts are easily available in the tropical countries, throughout the year, from where they are usually imported. Follow these techniques to get the best quality coconut water:

  1.  If you are buying coconuts from stores, always check to see if they are fresh. You should shake the coconut before you buy it. The fresher the coconut is, the more water it will have.
  2. Less water usually indicates that the coconut is no longer young. It might also indicate a rotten coconut.
  3. Coconuts might develop cracks that can cause them to leak. This means that not only would the coconut end up dry, but it might also be infected with mold.
  4. Some coconuts might be so full of water that they barely make any sound when shaken. This indicates that they are still too young, and the water might not be very sweet or flavorful.
  5. Packaged coconut water is readily available in stores and supermarkets. However, its nutritional value might not be the same, and they may contain additives. If opting for the packaged version, make sure that you go through the nutritional chart. Avoid the ones that contain added sugar or preservatives.

A Word Of Caution

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Even though it is highly natural and safe, there are still a few risks that should be looked upon before consuming coconut water. Have a look:

  • Although it is likely to be safe, a medical practitioner should be consulted before adding it to your diet especially in the case of small kids and pregnant females (63).
  • Coconut water lowers blood pressure, and might interact with certain medications. Those on medication that control blood pressure should consult with their doctors about the use of coconut water, and those scheduled for surgery should avoid it altogether.
  • Consuming too much coconut water can cause bloating and stomach discomfort. So never go overboard with this drink.
  • Those with kidney dysfunction should consult their medical specialist before including coconut water in their diet.
  • It might sound absurd, but there are many people who can be allergic to coconut water. So I suggest you look for any allergies before consuming this tasty natural drink.

Nutritional Value Of Coconut Water

PrincipleNutrient ValuePercentage of RDA
Energy19 Kcal1%
Carbohydrates3.71 g3%
Protein0.72 g1.5%
Total Fat0.20 g1%
Cholesterol0 mg0%
Dietary Fiber1.1 g3%
Vitamins
Folates3 µg0.75%
Niacin0.080 mg0.5%
Pantothenic acid0.043 mg<1%
Pyridoxine0.032 mg2.5%
Riboflavin0.057 mg4%
Thiamin0.030 mg2.5%
Vitamin C2.4 mg4%
Vitamin A0 IU0%
Vitamin E0 mg0%
Vitamin K0 mcg0%
Electrolytes
Sodium105 mg7%
Potassium250 mg5%
Minerals
Calcium24 mg2.4%
Copper40 mcg4.5%
Iron0.29 mg3.5%
Magnesium25 mg6%
Manganese0.142 mg%
Zinc0.10 mg1%
Phyto-nutrients
Auxin (Gibberlin)Present
Carotene,ß0 µg
CytokinesPresent
Lutein-zeaxanthin0 µg
LeucoanthocyaninPresent

Expert’s Answers For Readers’ Questions

Can you drink too much coconut water?

One to two servings of coconut water in a day won’t cause harm (unless you are allergic to it, in which case you must visit your doctor). However, one must be wary of consuming too much of coconut water after profuse sweating—as doing so can cause dangerous electrolyte imbalance.

Does coconut water have potassium?

Yes. In fact, a single serving of coconut water has about 660 milligrams of potassium.

Does coconut water hydrate you better than normal water?

Under normal conditions, the hydration properties of coconut water are the same as normal water. However, when you are vigorously exercising under hot conditions, sipping on coconut water can enhance your performance and encourage fluid retention in your body.

Does coconut water help in digestion?

Yes, coconut water can help treat indigestion, owing to the presence of fiber and other natural enzymes in it.

Does coconut water cure hangovers?

Yes, it does. Coconut water replaces the electrolytes that you may otherwise lose when you consume alcohol. This eventually cures hangovers.

Does coconut juice have electrolytes?

Yes, coconut water is an excellent source of electrolytes including potassium and sodium.

Is tender coconut good for you?

Tender coconut is very good for you. It has few calories and sodium, and is abundant in electrolytes that are necessary for the body.

How much sugar does coconut water have?

Compared to most sports drinks and sodas, coconut water has less amount of sugar. An ounce of coconut water contains about 1.3 grams of sugar.

Does coconut water have fat?

Coconut water has extremely low levels of fat. 100 grams of coconut water contains about 0.20 grams of fat.

Does coconut water have more potassium than a banana?

Yes. A serving of coconut water has about 660 milligrams of potassium, whereas a banana contains about 420 milligrams of it.

Is tender coconut water good for kidney stones?

Yes. Due to the presence of potassium, tender coconut water prevents the formation of (and also helps in the treatment of) kidney stones.

Is it safe to drink coconut water during pregnancy?

Very much. Drinking coconut water helps satisfy the increased need for water during pregnancy. It also provides electrolytes that help maintain the fluid balance and blood pressure.

How much magnesium does coconut water contain?

100 grams of coconut water contains about 25 milligrams of coconut water.

Does coconut water relieve heartburn?

Coconut water is rich in fiber and other natural enzymes that help relieve heartburn.

Take Away—Coconut water is a healthy drink that can relieve you from digestive, liver, and heart issues. It also aids metabolism and weight loss. Regular coconut water consumption is advised for those looking forward to a hydrated and acne-free skin. It also helps fight dandruff, hair loss and scalp infections.

To reap the benefits of coconut water, make sure you have some of it every day. You can always try to do something more interesting with it, like adding it to smoothies instead of water.

Have more ideas on incorporating coconut water in your diet? Share them with us in the comments section below.

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  • PATRICK

    coconut water…….FUCK YEAH!!

    • amit

      yeah….

  • raushan

    Realy..a great drink. no mixing is possible.

  • Ashu

    Excellent information. Thanks

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ws3oBnRUI5I Ashely pare

    The Benefits of Coconut oil include healthier skin and hair, cholesterol, increased immunity levels, digestion and metabolism.
    http://facialrecipes.blogspot.com/2013/03/coconut-oil-face-mask.html

  • Panchi

    I never used to drink coconut water in my childhood. My mother used to force me to drink at least drink 1 per day, but i used to refuse to drink it. But today when i came across this post , i was surprised to know that coconut water has so many benefits for overall health. As i have oily skin, i would love to try it for my skin. Thanks for sharing.

    • glo

      Ghar ki murghi daal barabar. Mum told so no no… Some random post tells and all gaga over it. Ma to ma hoti hai

  • http://www.healthyhobbit.com/ Elizabeth Portman

    You have mentioned some decent points. 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.

  • Anonymous

    is it good for ur growth beard?

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    Thanks for your appreciation Sunitha! We are glad that you found it to be useful.

  • vinukumar.v

    Good,,,,,,,better,,,,, fantastic,,,,,,,,,,,, super,,,,,,,,, if any conditions we must n should use coconut water for better life