Health Benefits of Consuming Coconut Daily
Staying healthy physically can help stay healthy emotionally too and it is extremely important to choose the right kind of food for staying fit. In today’s day and age, where everyone is a fitness enthusiast and health conscious, people are more conscious about what they eat. They are looking for newer and healthier options every day to add to their daily regime which is healthy at the same time. Including coconut products is one of the healthy changes we can incorporate in our daily routine. Adding coconut oil and milk to our regular cooking will not only enhance the taste but is also a healthier option. Another way is to consume coconut water regularly; it is low on fat and calories. It is naturally sweet and also contains 5 electrolytes essential for the natural functioning of a human body. In fact, there is more potassium in 200ml of coconut water than in a banana.
Here are a few health benefits of coconut products
The natural source of several nutrients, Coconut water is slightly sweet in taste with a subtle flavour. While coconut is fairly low in calories and carbs it is rich in potassium, and it has been proven that coconut products like coconut water have antioxidants properties and are rich in vitamins and minerals. Some athletes also use coconut water before exercise to prevent dehydration and helps fight against diseases like diabetes, high/low blood pressure, kidney stones etc. It can be consumed in various ways like ingredients in smoothies and puddings; it is a better and healthier substitute for any and all aerated drinks.
Coconuts contain compounds that seem to protect cells against aging and cancer. Coconut oil anti-aging skin benefits are one of the most reliable ways to prevent wrinkles and fine lines. It is a powerful palliative product that helps in skin smoothening. The softness of your skin makes you look younger as the fine lines don’t form as easily and wrinkles appear less obvious.
Benefits against Diabetes
Consumption of coconut improves the usage of blood glucose and controls the insulin secretion, hence keeping the blood sugar levels in control. It also curbs symptoms related to digestive disorders and reduces glycemic cravings. It helps coping with nausea.
Controls heart burns and acidity
Since coconut is cool in nature, it has been proven beneficial for the people suffering from acid reflux. It helps to alleviate acidity and heart burn problems.
Promotes Heart and Kidney Health
Consuming food or beverages are rich in potassium, including coconut/coconut water, may help reduce the risk of hypertension and stroke.
Excellent for the Immune system
Coconut is an excellent source of nutrition for the immune system. It is antiviral, antifungal, anti-bacterial, and anti-parasitic. Consuming coconut in its raw form can help to treat some of the worst and most resilient illness like throat infections, bronchitis, urinary tract infection, tapeworms and other ailments caused by microbes. Coconut products have a high fiber content, which makes you feel energized for longer period of time.
Healthy bone and teeth
Consuming coconut products regularly assists in the development of healthier bones and teeth. It improves the ability of the body to absorb manganese and calcium which is a vital part of bone development. It also helps prevent osteoporosis, a condition which makes the bones thin and fragile and loses its density. Thus for the lactose intolerant people it is a healthy alternative.
Treats abdominal fats
Abdominal fats are the most dangerous of all the fats and are associated with various diseases. Coconut is also beneficial in treating dangerous fats in the abdominal cavity.
About the Author
Ashish Verma is Founder & Director, Kalyan F&B Private Limited