Coconut is a fruit that grows on a tree called coconut palm found in tropical climates along the shores of seas and oceans. Interestingly, coconut fruits spread very easily. For example, after falling into the water, once the fruit reaches even the most remote land it can easily germinate on a new surface, provided it has plenty of access to sunlight.
Coconut - the basics
The most valuable part of the coconut is the inside, which is filled with a white lining, or endosperm, and coconut water.
The properties of the coconut have been appreciated not only in tropical countries but also in our climate. This fruit has many positive nutritional properties.
Coconut - health properties
Both the pulp and the coconut water have a very positive effect on our bodies. Coconut has a strong antibacterial effect, so this means that it is a very potent antibiotic and fights bacteria. It also strengthens our immune system. In addition, the compounds contained in coconut supports the work of our nervous system, especially the brain. Scientific studies have also proven that thanks to the medium-chain triglycerides contained in coconut, this fruit can fight the appearance of neurodegenerative diseases, including Parkinson's and Alzheimer's. Coconut also contributes to lowering blood pressure and regulates cholesterol levels.
In addition, coconut and products containing coconut extract are very good at nourishing and moisturizing the skin, hair, and nails, thus improving their appearance. Such products also fight tooth decay by effectively removing bacteria from the mouth.
Coconut water comes from the inside of the coconut. It can be successfully used as a natural isotonic. It has a very similar concentration of sugars and electrolytes to human body fluids. The composition of ions contained in coconut water helps replenish electrolytes lost with sweat, such as sodium, potassium, calcium, and magnesium. In addition, due to its high potassium content, coconut water has been shown to strengthen heart function. Moreover, this drink is a valuable source of amino acids and vitamins, especially B vitamins. Coconut water also has a diuretic effect, so it can be useful for people having kidney problems.