Young coconut water is not only delicious, it's beneficial to our health. The coconut has a natural water filter and the water is sterile until the nut is break open. It has been used in traditional medicine around the world to treat a wide variety of health problems including asthma, baldness, bronchitis, bruises, burns, colds, constipation, cough, fever, flu, irregular or painful menstruation, jaundice, kidney stones, lice, malnutrition, nausea, rash, scabies, skin infections, sore throat, swelling, syphilis, toothache, tuberculosis, tumors, typhoid, ulcers, upset stomach, weakness, wounds etc. In Philiphines, coconut tree is highly valued and called 'Tree of Life',
In modern medicine, young coconut water has been known for it's therapeutic effect on urinary and reproductive system. Dr. Eugenio Macalalag, director of the urology department at the Chinese General Hospital in Philiphines, says that young coconut water has demonstrated its effectiveness in patients suffering from kidney and urethral stone problems. He has been reported success in patients by directly infusing the water into the kidney. The hospital based treatment of 57 patients, 28 female and 29 male with 134 upper urinary stones were examined. Freshly picked young coconut between three to five days or refrigerated between seven to ten days were injected through ureteral catheres, inserted through the ureter to the kidney with 10% stone reduction per day. 134 uretero-renal stones were treated with 37 ureteral stones delivered, and 80 of 86 stones from the kidney dissolved or delivered after 20 to 100% reduction. There were 3% complications, mostly from infection, mainly nosocomial. Chills and fever were seen in the early stage when old (kept in store for a long time and non-refrigerated young coconut was utilized. According to Dr. Macalalag, even by oral intake young coconut water taken 2 to 3 times a week has been observed to result in significant size reduction of kidney stones. Coconut water is a natural dieuretic so it increase urine flow. This helps to dilute the urine so that the various chemicals in your kidneys such as calcium, phosphates, uric acid, etc. are relatively easy to flush out of your system.
Coconut water can't actually replace blood plasma as it was often claims on many websites, chemical analysis indicates it is closer in makeup to intracellular fluid. It's usually sterile, and when mixed with plasma it behaves like saline solution. It's got fewer electrolytes in it than our bodies are used to and too much potassium,. but generally speaking, coconut transfusions are legit. In Siriraj and Chulalongkorn Medical School Hospital in Bangkok, a medical research has been administered intravenously to a series of 157 patients. There were 11 reactions in this series of infusion - a reaction rate of 7%. The reaction was transitory and has no serious clinical significance. From the research conducted, young coconut water can be used as a source of of potassium, calories, or as a carrier for the injection of sodium salts added to it for the emergency treatment of hypovolemia when other sterile pyrogen free fluids are unavailable.
In this country, there's a lot of stalls at the streets claiming to be selling young coconut water, which is actually not! First of all, the age of young coconut is between six to seven months, it begins to mature on the eight until it is fully ripe at the age of 14 months. When a young coconut is split open, it has gelatinous flesh and a clear fluid inside that has the natural sweetness in both taste and smell. At this stage, the young or immature coconut is at it's ideal age for stable and constant fluid, electrolyte and protein content. However, mature coconuts is the type commonly found at the stalls or groceries, it has small amount of liquid and has thickened hard layer of white meat, both has become less sweet at this age. In most stalls, the coconut water was sold in a cup, mix with looooooooots of sugar. Almost 1/4 of the cup is filled with syrup (liquid sugar , 2/4 of coconut water (which usually added with tap water , and the rest are ice cubes and coconut meats ... duh!
A study conducted by Department of Pediatrics, Escola Paulista de Medicina, Universidade Federal de Sergipe, São Paulo, Brazil reported that the chemical composition of coconut water during maturation varies and greatly reduced after the 8th to 9th months, it is also lacking of sodium and glucose concentrations that has potential value as an oral rehydration solution. So it's about time that you realise that you are drinking fake mature coconut water from the stall. As you quench your thirst, you can tell that it has lost its magical essence and you are actually killing yourself slowly by drinking lots of sugar and water of questionable hygienic practice!! Hahahah!! Nutrients pun hampir hilang penyakit pula timbul...
|Coconut meat is thick and hard|
Favourably, a raw coconut meat has no cholesterol, contains 33.9g of fat while 66.1g are nutritional. It is relatively high in minerals such as iron, phosphorus and zinc. However I still think it should be taken moderately tho ;P
|Coconut jelly from young coconut is rumored to restores male sexual fluids. It's not clinically proven.|
2. Coconut Cures : Preventing and treating common health problems with coconut by Bruce Fife, p146
7. Clinical experience in intravenous administration of coconut water by B. Eismen, R.E. Lozano, T. Hager. p87 to 92