Wondering about coconut water? Is it all just hype or is there something out there about this often touted, "amazing" recovery drink? We've compiled some research for you and the results, though short, are pretty astounding!
Here are some of the benefits of coconut water:
- Coconut water is naturally high in potassium, essential for normal cell function and proper recovery. Potassium is a key element in reducing leg cramps. In a similar serving size, coconut water can contain as much as 5x the amount of potassium as Gatorade or Powerade (without those processed sugars and dyes).
- Coconut water also contains minerals that are essential for refueling your body after a moderate workout. (Just be careful - if you are a marathon runner or engage in extreme sports, your body may require more sodium to refuel than the traditional cup of coconut water provides.)
- Coconut water contains cytokinins, a plant hormone that stimulates cell growth. Ingestion of cytokinins has been show to have to have anti-aging, anti-carcinogenic (reduces carcinogens), and anti-thrombotic (reduces risk of blod clotting) properties.
What's the nutritional content?
Most coconut waters are around 50 calories per 8oz serving and contain anywhere from 10g to 15g of sugars (albeit, natural sugar).
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