Wednesday, April 20, 2011

The Power of Coconut

History and Legend

For more than 4000 years, history and folklore across the tropical world have revered coconut water as a natural source of nutrition, wellness, beauty and hydration.
  • Coconuts were called the "tree of life' in Sanskrit and the "staff of life" in Hawaiian legend and both cultures believed coconut water had magical healing powers.
  • During WWII coconut water was used as a natural saline dip saving the lives of many Allied soldiers.
  • The World Health Organization promotes coconut water as a natural treatment for dehydration.
  • Today coconut water is used across continents to cure digestive ailments, as a beauty aid, to relieve cramps, to re-hydrate athletes and nourish post-partum moms.
Nature is Smarter than Science

A coconut tree draws water from the earth enhancing and storing it in the coconut's hard, airtight shell. We harvest our coconuts while they're still young (before developing any "meat' or "milk"), precisely when the water inside reaches a peak level of potassium and essential electrolytes with no fat and a low level of acidity. Our unique processing and packaging captures the nutritional benefits and taste of pure coconut water for you to enjoy anytime and everywhere.

Health Benefits

From yogis to tri-athletes, many now see coconut water as the natural sports drink. They know  that coconut water builds blood volume post-exercise as well as sports drinks. And since increased blood volume helps you replenish, avoid muscle cramps, maximize heart output and improve endurance, coconut water can be used "for whole body rehydration after exercise induced dehydration."
  • Before and during your workout, coconut water provides the energy you need for optimal performance.
  • After your workout, coconut water replenishes and re-hydrates you to speed recovery and avoid cramping. 
  • Coconut water is also great in smoothies, for a mid-day boost, in cocktails, mocktails and as a natural hang-over remedy.
All Natural Coconut juice is the "water" from young coconuts. It is pure, clear, and one of the most concentrated sources of electrolytes known. A refreshing slightly sweet isotonic beverage, coconut water has more potassium than a banana and several times more than most sports drinks. when consumed before or after exercise it helps to combat dehydration and fatigue.

In Asian countries, where coconuts are common, coconut juice is considered one of the healthiest drinks available. It absorbs quickly into the body because it is very similar to our body's own chemistry.

Historically, coconut juice has been used:
  • To prevent malnourishment and dehydration
  • To promote urinary tract health
  • To promote digestive health

Why Coconut Milk?

Well, because it tastes delicious and is a rich source of medium chain fatty acids (MCFAs)! MCFAs are recognized as "good fat" readily absorbed, digested and utilized as energy by the body, unlike long chain fatty acids which the body stores as fat. Two of the primary MCFAs found in coconut milk, lauric and  capric acid, are known for supporting the body's immune system. And, coconut milk is naturally cholesterol free.

Tapping the Sap

Coconut palms are one of the oldest flowering trees in the world. For centuries throughout the tropics, the traditional practice of "tapping" coconut trees for their prized "sap" is a time-honored art form. The nutrient-rich sap that exudes from the blossoms before they mature into coconuts, is used to make many unique and nutritious food products.

The principles of tapping the coconut tree blossoms for their sap, bears only minor resemblance to the practice of tapping maple trees for maple syrup production. Containers used to collect the sap are made out of hollow bamboo tubes that are fastened onto the thick fleshy stems covered in small flowers .

The freshly gathered coconut tree sap is oyster white in color, has a nearly neutral pH, and is already inherently sweet tasting by nature. Whereas, the sap from a maple tree (as well as the juice from an agave cactus) has very little readily available sweetness, and requires long heating times in order to produce the sweet syrup you purchase in the bottle.

The nutrient-rich coconut sap comes right out of the tree naturally abundant in 17 Amino Acids (the building blocks of protein), broad-spectrum B Vitamins (especially rich in Inositol, known for its effectiveness on depression, high cholesterol, inflammation, and diabetes), Vitamin C, Minerals (high in Potassium, essential for electrolyte balance, regulating high blood pressure, and sugar metabolism), as well as FOS (a prebiotic that promotes digestive health).

The most remarkable blessing about tapping a coconut tree, is that once it is tapped, it flows its sap continuously for the next 20 years. From a sustainability viewpoint, the harvestable energy production from tapping coconut trees for their sap (which yields 5,000 liters per hectare), rather than allowing them to produce fruit, is 5-7 times higher per hectare than coconut oil production from mature coconuts.

Coconut Secret
*Available at the Healthy Way*
  • Organic
  • Raw
  • Vegan
  • GMO-Free
  • Gluten-Free
  • Rich in Amino Acids, Vitamins and Minerals.

Coconut Aminos- Non-Soy Sauce Seasoning - 65% Less Sodium than Soy
Coconut Nectar- Low Glyceminc Liquid Sweetener- More Nutrient-Rich than agave
Coconut Vinegar- More Nutritious than apple cider vinegar- High in FOS
Coconut Crystals- Low Glycemic Alternative to cane sugar
Coconut Flour- Gluten-Free, High Fiber, Low Carb, Low Calorie, Unheated

via So Delicious, Amy and Brian, Coconut Secret, and Zico

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