Coconuts are usually harvested from the tree while they are fresh and green. The best time to harvest it is between 5 and 7 months because it is the time when it contains large amounts of water. Those that have fallen to the ground are prone to damage from animals and insects. Coconut is known to be “the tree of life” or “kalpa vriksha” in Sanskrit, which means a “tree which gives all that are necessary for living.” Indeed, it has many uses – from food to medicine and even cosmetics.
Coconut water is the clear liquid taken from the young coconut. It has a refreshing and naturally sweet taste. Most people, especially those who live in tropical areas are aware of the health benefits of coconut water. It has become a favorite drink of those who are health conscious. Due to its nutritional value, it was later introduced in the market as a natural energy and sports drink.
Coconut water is also popular in folk medicine. In Jamaica, for example, people use it to treat diarrhea. At present, it is recommended in treating several forms of diseases.
The following are some of the most popular health benefits of coconut water: