Coconut Water


The coconut is a member of the palm family and is grown in more than 86 countries with a total production of 54 billion nuts per year. India produces the most with an annual production of 13 billion nuts. The majority are cultivated in the southern area of Kerala. The name coconut is derived from the Spanish word “coco” meaning "head" or "skull"; the three indentations on the coconut shell resemble facial features.


Coconuts differ from any other fruits because they contain a large quantity of "water". When immature they are known as tender-nuts and are harvested for drinking. When mature, the water is milkier. The water is used in soaps and cosmetics, the kernel is used to extract oil, the shell is processed into charcoal, and the fibrous husk is used to produce a natural fiber that is used for floor mats, brushes and mattresses.


A good source of Vitamin b, coconut water is an excellent source of replenishment to the human body. Its antioxidant effect helps overcome the toxic effects of antibiotics and is useful with the absorption of nutrients. Washing the face with coconut water moisturizes and hydrates the skin and helps to eliminate acne, wrinkles, and blemishes. Its anti-bacterial qualities make it sterile and help to prevent infection.


A good source of Vitamin b, coconut water is an excellent source of replenishment to the human body. Its antioxidant effect helps overcome the toxic effects of antibiotics and is useful with absorption of nutrients. Washing the face with coconut water moisturizes and hydrates the skin and helps to eliminate acne, wrinkles and blemishes. Its anti-bacterial qualities make it sterile and help to prevent infection.


In Ayurvedic terms, coconuts have a sweet taste, including elements of earth and water, making it cool, moist and heavy. It is very beneficial for the Pitta and Vata but can increase Kapha when overused.


There are many brands of bottled or canned coconut water on the market; be careful to review labels for added ingredients and flavorings. Here is a brand I just found at Trader Joes and is terrific.

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