Coconut: nutritional properties and health benefits

The coconut is a fruit that comes from the coconut palm ( Cocos nucifera L .) That grows in tropical areas and can live between 70 and 100 years. Once the palm tree is planted, it can take 5 years to bear fruit, but in season an adult palm can bear between 50 and 100 coconuts.

An essential fruit on a daily basis for many populations that reside in tropical climates, the coconut has traditionally been used for its complete nutritional properties and for its multiple medicinal uses.

  • In this article we will talk about the benefits of this wonderful fruit and you will also be able to see a video about the properties of coconut oil at the end of the article, do not miss it!

From the coconut we can take advantage of its meat, its water or juice (the liquid that is inside), the coconut oil (obtained by pressing the meat and separating the oil from the rest), its milk (it is made by pressing the meat and the water of the coconut) and cream (obtained by pressing the meat).

Coconut is considered a ” superfood ” and now you will understand why

Nutritional and medicinal properties of coconut

– With a single coconut (about 400 gr), almost all the needs for essential vitamins (vitamin C, E, folic acid, Niacia, B6) and minerals (calcium, iron, potassium, zinc, selenium or magnesium) are covered

– Coconut water, in addition to being very hydrating, contains a multitude of vitamins and minerals, but is also rich in enzymes that facilitate and improve digestive processes and that facilitate the functions of our metabolism

– In addition, coconut water helps lower blood pressure

– Thanks to the minerals that are part of the coconut, the proper functioning and maintenance of the muscles (including the heart) is ensured

– Highly recommended in cases of stomach ulcers, heartburn or heartburn , due to its power to protect the stomach and facilitate digestion.

– Coconut oil or butter can be used both in cosmetics and home remedies as well as in gastronomy

– It is rich in fatty acids beneficial to the body, which help, among other things, the proper functioning of our brain, which is also reinforced by the action of ketones created from the triglycerides contained in coconut.

– Precisely because of ketones, coconut is a highly recommended food to prevent and fight diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s or multiple sclerosis

– It is a food tolerated in cases of diabetes

– Due to the mineral content, it is highly recommended for the remineralization of bones and teeth , preventing conditions related to them such as osteoporosis or cavities .

– With the fiber contained in coconut, blood sugar levels remain balanced, avoiding peaks of rise or fall

– Coconut has hepatoprotective properties, helping us to have a healthy liver

– The antioxidants that coconut provides us protect us against attacks by free radicals.

– Its consumption is very beneficial to maintain healthy hair, nails and skin.

– The coconut is a very necessary fruit in people with great physical and mental exhaustion.

– Coconut has antifungal , antiviral , antibacterial action and improves the functioning of the immune system due to the lauric acid it contains.

– Reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease

Not bad right? Coconut is a superfood that you can take advantage of in many different ways. In new posts we will be giving ideas to make home remedies with coconut to be able to enjoy all the benefits of this great fruit.

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