Thursday, March 22, 2012
Is Coconut Water Similar To Human Blood Plasma?
by Sarah Davis
Coconut Water has been heavily advertised on the market for a while now (not to be mixed up with Coconut Milk) as a hot health-drink, but did you know that it has the SAME electrolyte balance as our blood plasma? Coconut Water is one of the biggest sources of electrolytes out there and is almost identical in composition to human blood plasma. In fact, during the Pacific War, coconut water (taken straight from a coconut, it acts as a universal donor) was used as emergency blood plasma transfusions to wounded soldiers. Apparently, this is still done in some third world countries. Wild, right? Since coconut water is always nestled into a coconut, it is always sterile and ready to drink (or inject), because the layers of the coconut act as a filter. (Disclaimer: these are facts about what some people do in EMERGENCY situations, mainly in the past. In today's world, coconut water is around for us to rejuvenate our blood with electrolytes by drinking it.)
A few health benefits:
One serving of coconut water has more potassium than 2 bananas.
It will regulate your blood electrolyte level (fitness gurus suggest that after you workout, it is a good time to drink coconut water, because you may have lost important electrolytes while sweating it out on the treadmill.) This is also good if you are suffering from a hangover.
It is chock-full of nutrients, which will keep your skin looking vibrant and keep you healthy. It's also really good for pregnant women because it prevents U.T.I.'s. For non-pregnant gals, it keeps your body clean and has been known to reduce many stomach-related problems.
Coconut Water promotes elasticity in the skin, so it helps to prevent wrinkles.
It's even been known to reduce your cholesterol!