Dr Ochuko Erikainure, a nutritionist and biochemist, spoke to newsmen in Lagos on Thursday emphasizing on the numerous benefits of Coconut water in an interview.
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Coconut water has been described as rich in electrolyte contents such as potassium which is known to reduce the risk of high blood pressure.
The risk of high blood pressure could be lowered when coconut water is consumed in moderate quantities; this also control weight and reduce cholesterol level.
“Studies have shown that coconut water has been used as a refreshing natural beverage.
“It is because coconut water is naturally enriched with antioxidants, amino acids, enzymes, B vitamins, vitamin C and minerals such as iron, calcium, potassium, magnesium, manganese and zinc.
“Coconut water can also be used for re-hydrating agent because it is much better than commercial sport drinks.
“Vitamin C in coconut water also plays an influential role which helps to reduce cholesterol level and weight control.
“Vitamin C, selenium, maganese and zinc make coconut water a potent antioxidant, thus protecting the cells against oxidative stress.
“Cytokines in coconut water protects against aging effects in cells and tissues which help to reduce the risk of developing degenerative and age-related diseases,” he said.
Erikainure cautioned against over consumption of the Coconut water and said moderate consumption was key in order not to cause hyperkalemia.
“Hyperkalemia is an overabundance of potassium in the blood which can induce acute kidney failure, heart arrhythmia and coma.
“It is advised to consume moderately because excess consumption has also been shown to have laxative effect in the body,’’ he said.