Our team at dental wellness regularly advise our patients to add coconut water to their daily hydration options. Not only does it meet our hydration needs, it is also biocompatible to the human body.
Research has shown the medicinal properties of coconut water to include:
- Blood sugar lowering properties and the ability to reduce oxidative stress and insulin resistance
- Anti-Ulcer Properties: Both coconut milk and coconut water exhibit potent anti-ulcer activity against chemicals such as indomethacin, a Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug (NSAID).
- Blood-Pressuring Lowering Properties: When human subjects consumed coconut water for two weeks, it was found to lower blood pressure in 74% of the experimental group, reducing it by up to 24 points (mmHg) systolic and 15 points (mmHq) diastolic.
- Anti-Alzheimer’s Properties: in an animal model of ovariectomy-induced menopausal changes, coconut water appeared to prevent the decline of brain estrogen (estradiol) levels, as well as the associated accumulation of Alzheimer’s disease associated ?-amyloid (A?) plaque in their brains.
- Anti-Bacterial Properties: Three novel antimicrobial peptides have been identified in coconut water which exhibited inhibitory activity against both Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria.
- Anti-Gastroenteritis Agent: When sodium is added (ideally sea salt) coconut water has been determined to be an ideal rehydrating agent in countries where medical supplies are not freely available, and where, say, cholera and other severe forms of gastroenteritis persist.
It also makes a much healthier alternative to chemical and sugar laden sports drinks. Adults and kids alike should be hydrating before the commencement of the sporting activity – supplement your water with a scientifically proven coconut water or an electrolyte replacement.
Read more about coconut water on the Green Med Info web site.