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The Health Benefits of Coconut Water

By Sara Butler

Coconut water is trendy. You can find it just about everywhere. But is it really better for you than plain water? Here's what you need to know about coconut water and how it can fit into your healthy diet.

It's Full of Nutrients

Probably one of the best things about coconut water is that it's full of nutrients many people don't get enough of. It has fiber, Vitamin C, magnesium, calcium, potassium, manganese, and protein, but is low in calories coming in at less than 50 calories in one cup.

It Has Antioxidants

Every day free radicals attack your cells. Your body needs antioxidants to help fight off the damage done by free radicals -- and you can find them in coconut water. In animal studies where rats were given coconut water, their insulin levels, triglycerides, and blood pressure all went down. While no human studies have been done, it's well-known that antioxidants are good for you -- so drink up!

It May Help Prevent Kidney Stones

Kidney stones are no fun. If you've ever had them, then you know that they're excruciating. If you've never had them, then you definitely want to avoid them and you can do that by making sure to drink enough fluids each day.

Plain water is, of course, a really great choice but coconut water isn't too shabby either. Studies have found that coconut water may prevent calcium and other compounds from forming the painful crystals in your urine that produce kidney stones. So, coconut water may be a good choice in helping you to stay hydrated and prevent kidney stones.

It Might Be Good After Exercise

Coconut water might just be one of the best things you can consume after a long workout to help replenish lost electrolytes. Electrolytes such as sodium, magnesium, calcium, and potassium are the minerals that help your body do some really important things, such as maintain proper fluid balance and help your muscles to function properly. Coconut water helps to hydrate you and also helps to replenish those lost electrolytes -- better than sports beverages you can find on the market.

It Tastes Good

If you have trouble drinking plain water, then the natural sweetness of coconut water may be the right choice for you. Just make sure to read the ingredients list on the coconut water you buy to ensure that it doesn't have any added flavors or sugars. You can also use it in homemade salad dressings and smoothies.

Next time you're looking for something new to try, then why not try some coconut water and see what you think?

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Riverside, Calif.

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