Go Nuts for Coconuts

Dr David Luu is a philanthropic heart surgeon, director of the Cardiovascular Health Department at NYClinic and president of The Heart Fund. Usually busy traveling the world to fix children’s hearts, the surgeon exchanges the scalpel for a pen and paper, for Zink readers.

Whether you drink it fresh from a coconut on a white-sand beach in St Barth’s or in a can from a NYC grocery store, coconut water has become a popular beverage choice for health-conscious people and hipsters around the world. Everything is good in the coco! From the fresh water to the pulp, even coconut oil has proven its health benefits. With its abilities to hydrate and leave skin glowing, coconut water could even protect from cardiovascular diseases or infections. The only side effect: a head injury from sleeping under a coconut tree.

STAY HYDRATED

If there is one fluid that could be used in emergency transfusions instead of IV fluid, it is coconut water! History and science proved during World War II that coconut water is indeed isotonic to blood.

Coconut water has more electrolytes (such as potassium, sodium, magnesium and calcium), than water or most juices. Completely organic, with no added sugar and no artificial ingredients, it is the perfect low-calorie, tasty beverage to help you recover from your morning boot camp or to detoxify your body after a surf session.

So, if you feel like a dehydrated Robinson Crusoe on Saline Beach, get out your machete and start your electrolyte cure.

REDUCE BLOOD PRESSURE
Keep calm and drink coco! According to a published scientific study, drinking coconut water can reduce your blood pressure,. Thanks to its diuretic effects and high levels of potassium, coconut water is a highly effective, natural remedy for patients with hypertension. It could also help prevent heart disease, strokes and kidney disease.

Amazing, no? Now you can understand why Madonna and Rihanna invested in coconut water companies! More surprising, coconut oil is also considered a super food and could improve hypertension and oxidative stress— Potentially as efficient as reclining on a beach bed for 2 weeks.

IMPROVE CHOLESTEROL BLOOD LEVEL

In Western countries, health-conscious people consume coconut as an “exotic” food—i.e. in sorbet or Thai curry. However, in some parts of the world, coconut is a daily dietary staple. Coconut oil and pulp are one of the richest sources of saturated fat known to man, containing almost 90% of the saturated fatty acids. Coconut oil could increase levels of HDL (good cholesterol) and reduce waist circumference/abdominal obesity, according to a recent study.

PREVENT INFECTIONS

Nothing can compare to a vaccine, but the fatty acid, lauric acid, and other products in coconut oil can kill harmful pathogens such as Saphylococcus Aureus and Candida Albicans, which could potentially help to prevent infections. Thanks to its antimicrobial benefits, when consumed daily, coconut water may be able to protect the kidneys and bladder from infection. Wash your face with coconut water every day. It will help prevent blackheads, acne, blemishes and pimples, thanks to its anti-septic properties. Soon you will have glowing, smooth, and even-toned skin.

LOSE FAT

Coconut oil promotes the production of healthy hormones that improve digestion, reduce stress and anxiety, increase energy levels, and help you burn away stubborn stored fat, such as abdominal fat, which lodges in the abdominal cavity and around organs. The fatty acids in coconut oil can significantly decrease hunger and help curb cravings so it makes sense that it can also help you lose weight. So go coco for coconuts to get your six-pack back.

Don’t believe the hype: coconut water is not a magical potion for a longer life. However, a daily dose of coconut, combined with a healthy lifestyle, could make you feel better and may prevent some diseases. Strive for a balanced life with a good amount of sleep, laughter and love! @DavidLuu DAVID LUU

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