It’s a bit nutty..

I am big into coconut water, and I make it no secret.  It has singlehandedly replaced pop and juice as my drink of choice and offers MANY benefits.  It’s virtually tasteless, in case those of you that don’t like coconut were wondering, and it has a slightly sweet flavor.

Have you ever known a woman named Noelani?  It means dew from the heavens in Hawaiian.  It’s also what they call coconut water.  Sorry to burst your bubble Noelanis of the world.  You’re named after nut juice.  Women of tropical areas are often encouraged to drink coconut water because it provides a boost of nutrients for the growing baby.

By now, you may be wondering what kind of magical unicorn vitamin is in this elixir of life.  It’s basic stuff really.  Coconut water has a good supply of the major minerals like magnesium, calcium, and potassium (more than a banana).  The cool part is that all of these minerals are in the form of electrolytes so they are easily absorbable by the human body.   Coconut water is even used in tropical countries to fight cholera because it re-hydrates people faster than water.  It can even clear up bladder infections (good for the ladies), improve sexual vitality (good for the fellas), and break down kidney stones.  Coconut water is also the richest natural dietary source of cytokinins.   Cyto-what?  Researchers have suggested the possibility that consuming a rich source of cytokinins, such as coconut water (which is one of the richest sources of cytokinins), may produce an anti-aging effect on the body, reducing risk of developing degenerative and age related diseases.  Cytokinins also may prevent mistakes that may lead to the development of cancer. Normal cells are kept healthy while cancerous cells are programmed to die, preventing them from growing and spreading.   As a result, the anti-cancer effects of cytokinins have been well documented and are constantly being studied further.

So where can you find this magic unicorn nut juice?  At your local grocery store or GNC.  There are several brands out there and some SUUUUUCK.  O.N.E. is a little bitter, ZICO is just plain awful, Vita Coco is good stuff (found at Holiday gas stations too!), and Harvest Bay is the cheapest and best tasting..but the hardest to find.  Hit up a natural foods store like Valley Natural Foods here in Apple Valley, or Mississippi Market to find this gem.  Here is Harvest Bay’s nutritional info.  Drink up!