What are the health benefits of coconut water ?

Coconut waterIntroduction to coconut water

Did you know that coconuts especially the young green coconuts, contain a delicious edible fluid inside them.

This is commonly referred to as Coconut water and its has a great deal of health benefits to the drinker.

Coconut water is  good source of natural diet fibre and is very low in cholesterol.




mineral content of 100 grams of coconut water

Coconut water is natural of source minerals such as and Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium and Manganese.

The chart to the left shows the mineral content in 100 gm of fresh coconut water.

Coconut water is low in fat, has only 15 kcal and less than per 4 gm of  carbohydrate in a 100 gm. Making it a good choice for a healthy hydration drink.

Coconut water is also a good source of vitamin C and Riboflavin.


100 percent raw organic


Health benefits of drinking coconut water.

hydrate1.  Hydration

Did you realise that coconut water is as good at hydrating your body as many sports drinks on the market. It’s a natural way to replenish electrolytes after hard workouts, without the artificial colourings and sweeteners found in many sports drink. and it tastes great.


digest2. Digestion

Coconut water contains many bioactive enzymes.When we eat food, these bioactive enzymes help the food break down so the body can use it.


3.  Diarrhoea Remedy.

When we have diarrhoea, we lose lots of fluids and can become dehydrated, drinking Coconut water is often used to replace the fluids lost and replenish lost electrolytes.


waterfall4.  Coconut water is a natural diuretic.

Because coconut water is a natural diuretic and is useful for the treatment and prevention of urinary tract infection.

Coconut water keeps you flowing freely


scale5.  Assists Weight loss goals. ? If  used correctly maybe yes !!

Because the amount of fat coconut water is extremely low, coconut water also makes you feel full after drinking therefore suppressing your appetite. Remember though, that most of the calories in coconut water come from sugars, about 9 gm of carbohydrate per average 250 gm serving. With this in mind  if I was using it to assist in weight loss so I personally would not consume too much of it (say two glasses per day )


antioxident6.  Coconut water and its antioxidant properties.

Coconut water has antioxidants that help scavenge and get rid of free radicals in your body.


immune7.  The immune system

Coconut water contains Vitamin C and antiviral, anti-fungal, antibacterial properties. By consuming coconut water daily could help boost your body immune system.


8.  Topical application to skin to fight infection

Because of  the anti-fungal and anti-microbial and antiviral properties of coconut water, direct application to some skin conditions such as cuts, cold sores, dry skin, blemishes and acne can help heal it faster.


heart9.  Could be good for the heart 

Coconut water contains potassium and magnesium which are known to be good for the cardiovascular system. Drinking it could help with high blood pressure and reduce the danger of heart attacks.



iv10.  A Human Plasma Substitute ?

This last little gem really doesn’t have an everyday function but I thought I would let you know about it anyway.

(According to the American Journal of Emergency Medicine )

In 2000 a team of researchers studying improvised methods for intravenous rehydration turned their attentions to Coconut water.

They cited “the successful use of coconut water as a short-term intravenous hydration fluid for a Solomon Island patient” and concluded that in a pinch, an IV drip of the liquid can keep a dangerously dehydrated person alive.

I would stick to drinking it !!




What is the best Coconut water to drink?

the bestOk, if you have come this far through this post you might now actually want to try coconut water but which brand do you choose.

I would suggest looking for your coconut water using this quick guide.

My three levels of quality for coconut water.  (best to worst)

1.  Natural  straight from the young fresh green coconut, not older more mature coconuts as the nutrients are not as rich as they mature.

2.  Raw and organic that has been frozen to keep its freshness 

3.  HPP. High pressure processing is best way to preserve the goodness in coconut water without using heat and extending its shelf life .

There are many other coconut waters available but these will be from concentrate and more than likely heat treated to kill bacteria and extend their shelf life for very long periods. They are also likely to have additives like sweeteners. Any of these will be lacking the nutrients and will not taste as good.



We have learned some properties of  Coconut water, the many health benefits of drinking this refreshing healthy drink and have learned how to choose the best products on the market.


I hope you have enjoyed reading this post and if you have any questions or comments please feel free contact me through the comments section below.

Thanks For Reading









What are the health benefits of coconut water ? — 22 Comments

  1. Wow! I knew coconut water was good for you but didn’t realize there were so many benefits. A super drink. Nice that it’s fully natural too.

    I was looking for diarrhoea remedies as I recently travelled and suffered from the dreaded travellers diarrhoea, and heard that coconut water was good for that – but there are also so many other good reasons to drink it now.

    Love the guide for choosing too. So if they’re available then drinking straight from the coconut is best? Is this also the cheapest way to drink it?

    • Hey Nate

      Coconut water is certainly good in assisting to rehydrate and replace lost electrolytes from bouts of Diarrhoea a great cure for a hangover too.

      As for being the cheapest way to drink coconut water well that would depend where you are. here in the uk you can get coconuts from between £2 and £5 a piece, generally the younger the more expensive you can check them out in the shop

      Cheers Tim

  2. I’ve heard a lot about coconut water over the last few months – mainly to do with stomach complaints. Your article here seems to suggest the same thing.
    Why is it that this type of natural juice helps so much with bad digestion? If anything fruit juices usually make it worse?
    Great article

    • Tanks Chris for your comments, now then i can see where you are coming from with that question , sure lots of fruits do not assist digestion. The coconut is not a fruit as such, it is a drube, its acidic content is vary much different to that of an orange or pineapple , also the coconut contains properties that are anti bacterial, anti viral and anti fungal. fact is that coconut with all its positive healthy and healing qualities is actually good fot your digestive system.

      Give it a try and let me know how it worked out for you :)


  3. I’ve been on a health eating spree for a couple of years now. I have heard a lot about various coconut products so recently bout some coconut water while on my travels and it tasted disgusting.

    It may have been the particular brand, but I only had a few tastes and had to give it away.

    I hope coconut oil is better as I really want to try that.


  4. Hello Tim,
    I have been living in the Philippines for nearly 8 months now and I love coconut juice or buko as they call it.

    Here they put it in a lot of their foods and drinks. The even make a homemade wine out of it that packs quite a punch but does not give you much of a hangover.

    The one thing I have found about it is not to love it too much, it can cause you to clean the pipes a little too well if you know what I mean.

    Great Article,

    The Fat Guy

    • Hello and thanks for the comments

      Now then how about sending me the formula for this homemade wine, It would make a great post on this site.

      And yes it does keep you moving lol

      Thanks Again


  5. Hi Tim,
    Fantastic information of coconut water, I have taken on many occasions and of course that is refreshing and delicious, but what surprises me is that coconut water can save lives in a Dehydrated person. Do You know if it is already used in hospitals intravenous hydration based on coconut water? Nice post.

    • Hi Thanks for your comments

      Yes i covered the uses of coconut water as a plasma substitute in this article. An amazing thing really isnt it

  6. Hi Tim,

    I love coconut water but I had no idea that there are so many healty benefits when drinking it.
    We drink it regularly here in Taiwan.
    The place where we go to sells it very fresh, straight out of the coconut.

    I agree that I’d prefer to drink it instead of getting a coconut water infusion. 😉

    Is it easy to get fresh coconuts in the USA (I guess that you are from the USA)?


  7. Hi Tim,
    What an interesting article, I was absorbed by the reading! I knew that coconut is very healthy, but I didn’t know about the benefits of its water and the young green coconuts:)
    So many good things about it that I would only eat this if I could. I have a question if you don’t mind. Is it easy to find the young green coconut in supermarkets no matter the country? Is it possible to buy it online?
    Thank you very much

  8. Your niche, coconut water resonates very well with me. I was born and raised on the beautiful island of Trinidad & Tobago. I understand and appreciate the value of coconut water and all the nutrients provided from the coconut. Nice job!

  9. Really interesting, I use coconut oil a lot for cooking as it tastes good, and arguably has health benefits. But the bit about your piece that I really loved was the coconut water IV. It just brings up loads of images of island hospitals with racks of coconuts hanging above the ill and infirm’s arms.

  10. Hi,

    Great post on coconut water.

    I had drank that before but realized there is a lot of sugar in it. Portion control is the key otherwise the added sugar can cause weight gain.

    I do notice its a great product for hydration after a hard workout. You can use it in a recipe such as a green smoothie or a protein smoothie, but again one must watch the portion size. The bottle may say 4g of sugar but a whole container may be 4 servings, so that’s 16g of sugar.

    Then, you have to take into account the sugar in your other ingredients. Reading the labels carefully is really important.


  11. I’m familiar with the awesomeness of coconuts, but the coconut water seems just as great, wow! I still remember being a kid and drinking from a coconut – I recall the juice inside was pute heaven.

    The list od health benefits is indeed a lenghty one and you did a fabulous job at giving more in-depth info. Didn’t know it helps with digestion and also with diarhhea issues – that should come handy if you find yourself in a remote area.

    Do you think drinking this coconut water daily would be reasonable?

  12. Wow, I knew coconut water was good, but I didn’t realise it was that good! I’ve been trying to incorporate it into my diet more but I just can’t quite get used to the taste. Sometimes I squeeze a little lemon in but I’m not sure if this messes with anything….what do you think?

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