Coconut water is found within the centre of the coconut fruit, which is usually harvested at around 5-7 months of growth. As the coconut matures, the liquid is replaced with coconut “meat”, but the water that comes from within a young coconut is very high in nutrients.
Water from coconuts has been consumed for centuries within hot climates to stay hydrated, as well to treat a range of ailments. More recently, coconut water has become a popular trend within the beauty industry for its cool hydration and benefits for the skin and hair.
The primary nutrient within coconut water is potassium, containing around 600mg, making it a high electrolyte beverage. Coconut water also contains a small amount of sodium, 40mg of calcium and traces of magnesium.
Coconut Water Benefits
Skin health and anti-ageing
Coconut water contains anti-microbial properties called lauric acid that helps to protect against skin infections and encourages cell growth and cell activation. The anti-inflammatory properties reduce redness on the skin and reduce both external and internal issues, such as fine lines, wrinkles and blemishes.
As well as helping with anti-ageing, coconut water is a natural way to get rid of acne blemishes. It has anti-microbial and anti-fungal properties that reduce the risk of acne-causing microbial infection, helping to produce clear skin.
Cleansing & detoxification
Dehydration from water or electrolyte loss can lead to fatigue and irritability. These symptoms result from the inability for the kidneys to flush out toxins. Coconut water contains a similar electrolyte profile to human blood, making it an ideal beverage to replace fluids and remove toxins from the body. Potassium specifically can also counteract some negative effects of a high-sodium processed diet.