Coconut Water Controls High Blood Pressure-Expert
It has been revealed that moderate consumption of coconut water can lower the risk of high blood pressure, reduce cholesterol level and weight control.
Dr Ochuko Erikainure, a nutritionist and biochemist, stated this in a chat with newsmen in Lagos.
He said coconut water was rich in high electrolyte contents particularly, potassium which reduces the risk of high blood pressure.
“Studies have shown that coconut water has been used as a refreshing natural beverage.
“It is because coconut water is naturally enriched with antioxidants, amino acids, enzymes, B vitamins, vitamin C and minerals such as iron, calcium, potassium, magnesium, manganese and zinc.
“Coconut water can also be used for re-hydrating agent because it is much better than commercial sport drinks.
“Vitamin C in coconut water also plays an influential role which helps to reduce cholesterol level and weight control.
“Vitamin C, selenium, maganese and zinc make coconut water a potent antioxidant, thus protecting the cells against oxidative stress.
“Cytokines in coconut water protects against aging effects in cells and tissues which help to reduce the risk of developing degenerative and age-related diseases,” he said.
According to Wikipaedia, Cytokines are a broad and loose category of small proteins (~5–20 kDa) that are important in cell signaling. Their release has an effect on the behavior of cells around them.
Erikainure, however, cautioned that over consumption of coconut water could cause hyperkalemia.
“Hyperkalemia is an overabundance of potassium in the blood which can induce acute kidney failure, heart arrhythmia and coma.
“It is advised to consume moderately because excess consumption has also been shown to have laxative effect in the body,’’ he said.
Known for its concentrations of electrolytes, vitamins, and minerals, coconut water has swept the nation. From yoga studios to vending machines, you can buy the tropical drink just about anywhere.
Coconut water is made from the clear liquid inside of green coconuts. It’s not to be confused with coconut milk, which is made from the water and the flesh inside of a mature coconut. Over 95 percent of coconut water is water.
Despite its recent explosion in popularity, coconut water has been consumed for centuries in tropical regions around the world. In traditional Ayurvedic medicine, coconut water is believed to help digestion, urination, and even semen production. It has also traditionally been used to treat dehydration and given as ceremonial gifts throughout the tropics. While it may not be a miracle cure, it does have many health benefits.