Today, you can purchase coconut water in many convenience and grocery stores across the country. Not only does this unique beverage offer a little hint of the Caribbean, but coconut cocktails made with this liquid may also provide some health benefits. Here’s what you need to know.
Why You Should Start Drinking Coconut Water
1. Lowering Blood Pressure
According to the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control, around 29% of American adults have high blood pressure. This condition increases the likelihood of having a stroke or developing heart disease. A study found that individuals who drank coconut water decreased their systolic blood pressure, refers to the pressure of blood pumping through the vessels when the heart beats, by 71%.
2. Restoring Hydration
After a long week, you’re probably dehydrated. Along with drinking ample amounts of water every day, you should consider adding coconut cocktails to your weekly routine. A study found that coconut water offers similar rehydration capabilities to high-electrolyte sports drinks without causing the nausea or upset stomach that can accompany the sweetness of carbohydrate-electrolyte beverages.
3. Preventing Kidney Stones
The recommended daily potassium intake for adults is around 4,700 milligrams. According to Oregon State University, this unique nutrient can reduce the likelihood of developing kidney stones which form when crystal-growing substances are not diluted. Coconut water contains 38 milligrams of potassium per tablespoon, meaning an 8-ounce coconut cocktail beverage could offer 304 milligrams.
4. Lowering Blood Sugar
A study found that diabetic rats who drank coconut water gained better control of their blood sugar. Some study participants even experienced lower blood sugar levels which is beneficial for those who experience this sometimes life-threatening condition. A similar study saw reduced oxidative stress — a principal cause of type 2 diabetes — in diabetic rats and considered coconut water to offer therapeutic potentials for humans.
The next time you’re looking for a taste of the Caribbean in New York, grab a coconut cocktail from Kaiso Cocktail. These unique prepackaged drinks contain 12% alcohol and feature no additives or preservatives — and they pair perfectly with ice and a lime. Call (718) 885-7100 or visit the website for information on where to buy their unique beverage across the boroughs.