1. May Have Antioxidant Properties
Free radicals are unstable molecules produced in your cells during metabolism. Their production increases in response to stress or injury.
When there are too many free radicals, your body enters a state of oxidative stress, which can increase disease risk and damage your cells.
Coconut water contains antioxidants which modify free radicals so they no longer cause harm.
2. Good Source of Several Nutrients
Coconut water forms naturally in the fruit and contains 94% water and very little fat.
As the coconut matures, some of the water remains in liquid form while the rest ripens into the solid white flesh known as coconut meat.
Coconut water should not be confused with coconut milk, which is made by adding water to grated coconut meat. Coconut milk contains about 50% water and is very high in coconut fat.
Coconut water typically comes from young coconuts about 6–7 months of age, though it’s also found in mature fruit. Coconuts take 10–12 months to fully mature.
An average green coconut provides about 0.5–1 cups of coconut water.
3. May Have Benefits Against Diabetes
Research has shown that coconut water can lower blood sugar levels and improve other health markers in diabetic animals.
With its 3 grams of fibre and digestible carb content of only 6 grams per cup (240 ml), coconut water can easily fit into a meal plan for people with diabetes.
It’s also a good source of magnesium, which may increase insulin sensitivity and decrease reduce blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes and prediabetes.