Coconuts are a source of both food and medicine to numerous indigenous tribes worldwide, and the juice of the young coconut possesses various health benefits. Also called coconut water, the young coconut juice is clear and comes from the unripe fruit. Along with helping to strength the immune system, coconut juice can be used to hydrate the body. Coconut juice is a natural, inexpensive way to supplement your health regimen.
Coconut juice is high in natural minerals such as calcium, potassium, manganese, magnesium, sodium and phosphorus and is an excellent alternative to using artificial, sugary mineral drinks to re-hydrate your body, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services. Great for after exercise or to replenish lost fluids due to illness, young coconut juice supplies needed nutrients, has a light coconut taste and is low in sugar and cholesterol. The United Nations has received its first patent to produce a natural sports drink with coconut water, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
Blood Cleanser and Transfusions
Coconut water can be used as a disinfectant on wounds and acts to cleanse the blood, because it contains monolaurin, a compound with antibacterial and antiviral properties, says Bruce Fife in Coconut Water for Health and Healing. He adds that young coconut juice is so similar in chemical make-up to human plasma, that it can be used as a replacement for blood transfusions. He notes that coconut water was used during emergencies in the Pacific islands on wounded soldiers during WWII in place of standard IV fluids for re-hydration.
Controls Vomiting and Nausea
Coconut juice is helpful not only for replacing lost fluids from vomiting during diseases such as malaria and typhoid, it also helps settle the stomach and reduces stomach spasms, according to Fife. As such, it may be helpful to settle the stomach during intestinal flu or during a hangover.
Dissolves Kidney Stones
Young coconut juice may help dissolve and reduce the reoccurrence of kidney stones due to its high potassium content. Potassium is known to help alkalize the urine, according to Dr. Theodore Baroody in Alkalize or Die. Digestive wastes and calculi are unable to solidify and deposit on the kidney walls in alkaline urine, and are more easily eliminated during urination.
The juice of the young coconut is sterile and contains compounds that make it useful for the treatment of liver and intestinal parasites, says Fife. Mix a teaspoonful of pure olive oil in a glass of young coconut juice and drink for three days to kill parasites. Make sure to speak to your health practitioner before using this cleanse to confirm that you do have parasites and not another serious health condition.
Coconut Water for Health and Healing; Bruce Fife; 2008
Alkalize or Die; Dr. Theodore A. Baroody; 1991
Coconut Cures: Preventing and Treating Common Health Problems with Coconut; Bruce Fife; 200
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