The wonders of coconut water

They say the groundwork of all happiness is health. And one of the best ways to boost both physical and emotional wellbeing has its roots in one of Antigua & Barbuda’s most celebrated icons.

Bursting with nutrients and minerals – and with more hydration power than ordinary drinking water – coconut water is lauded worldwide for its unsurpassable qualities. And the best news? It’s free of charge thanks to the islands’ abundant palm trees.

Coconut Water2Coffee and energy drinks contain high levels of caffeine which can cause anxiety, irritability, insomnia, headaches and abnormal heart rhythms. At just 50 calories a cup, coconut water offers an enormous energy boost, the natural way. Because of its exceptional hydration properties, it is especially recommended for people living in warm climes, or who do a lot of physical work, plus anyone dehydrated through sickness.

Did you know, the contents of natural coconut water are identical to human plasma? During the Pacific War, it was used for life-saving IVs and plasma transfusions. It continues to be used as a ‘universal donor’ today in countries with limited access to medical aid. Coconut water is rich in dietary fibre, enzymes, vitamin C, minerals and amino acids – but low in calories and cholesterol.

By applying it directly onto the skin, this terrific tonic has even been credited with reducing acne, visible signs of ageing, stretch marks, cellulite and eczema. Drinking coconut water also boosts the immune system and fights symptoms of the common cold and flu. And it’s completely safe for pregnant and breastfeeding women, and small children.

So what are you waiting for? In our tropical heat, coconut water is a great alternative to all the chemical soft drinks out there. It will keep you cool, energised and hydrated all day long - while making you healthier at the same time.

Coconut water is widely available from roadside stalls across our twin islands.