A Dietician with Garki Hospital, Abuja, Dr Yemisi Olowookere, said on Wednesday that coconut water helps dilate blood vessels, improves blood flow and reduces plaque formation.
Olowookere, who is also the Chief Executive Officer of Diet365Global Website, said in Abuja that the most essential thing about coconut water, was its low carbohydrates and sugar contents. and 99 percents free from fats.
Olowookere said that apart from its being 99 per cent free from fat, it had been proven to be a universal natural donor as it contained a lot of vitamins and minerals that were necessary for healthy human nutrition.
“As a natural isotonic drink, coconut water has the same level of the electrolyte balance as plasma of blood.
“Its composition is high in thiamine, magnesium, niacin, phosphorus, vitamin B12, iron, vitamin B6, potassium, foliate, zinc, pantothenic acid, sodium, riboflavin, calcium and manganese,” she said.
According to her, the minerals, potassium and magnesium in the coconut water, help in reducing high blood pressure, adding that it was packed full with potassium more than banana.
Olowookere said that coconut water was a wonderful energy drink as it had less sugar and sodium content compared to most sports drinks
“It is the best choice to rehydrate, replenish and boost the body’s energy levels after any strenuous activity or workout.
“Taking it on a regular basis could be quite effective at regulating blood pressure due to its high concentration of potassium. ”
Olowookere further revealed that coconut water was a natural electrolyte and isotonic beverage, which helps increase the body’s metabolism and as such could be of benefit to people struggling with weight.
She said that coconut water acts as a detoxifying agent and the strongest antidote against any form of poison in the body.
“Coconut water has a therapeutic effect on the urinary and reproductive systems; it is reported to clear up bladder infection, remove kidney stones and improve sexual vitality.
“Coconut water is promoted as natural sports drink that could be consumed before, during or after a workout, to provide replenishment and re-hydration applicable for all levels of activity,” she said.
According to her coconut water contains Lauric acid which our body converts into monolaurin.
Olowookere said monolaurin had great antiviral and antibacterial activity that helped in fighting intestinal worms, parasites and other gastrointestinal tract infections in children and adults.
“The water from coconut may not only act as an antibiotic but it can also re-hydrate the body. Therefore, a simple remedy for intestinal worms, is to mix one teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil into a cup of coconut water and drink it daily for at least three days. ” she advised.
Olowookere further advised that people should drink one cup of coconut water twice daily to address the problem of constipation, diarrhorea and other common digestive ailments.