During pregnancy, coconut water is recommended to be mixed with sugar, saffron or, turmeric. The white flesh of coconut can also be consumed, and is considered healthy for the mother and fetus as well.In warm tropical countries, where tender coconuts are easily available, doctors often recommend a minimum of one glass of coconut water a day for pregnant women. There are many essential nutrients in it, and it has the same level of electrolytic balance that we have in our blood. It is also naturally sterile. In general, coconut water is very healthy but is even more beneficial during pregnancy. Coconut helps to maintain good health of the mother and the growing fetus.
Benefits of Coconut Water
Tender coconut water is known as the richest source of electrolytes, and hence, is greatly recommended for people who are suffering from any illness. It also contains high amounts of chlorides, potassium, and magnesium and moderate amounts of sugar, sodium, and protein. Potassium from drinking coconut water can help to regulate blood pressure and heart function. It is also an excellent source of dietary fiber, manganese, calcium, riboflavin, and Vitamin C. The following are some of the reasons why coconut water is beneficial for a pregnant woman:
⇒ Coconut water is a natural isotonic beverage. It helps in replenishing fluid and natural salt loss. Thus it can greatly prevent dehydration and exhaustion.
⇒ It is essentially fat-free and is known as a zero cholesterol beverage. Coconut water is also supposed to have a positive effect, when it comes to raising the level of HDL, the good cholesterol level present in the body. This can together help to keep high cholesterol levels under check.
⇒ Coconut water is greatly known for strengthening immunity. As coconut water is rich in lauric acid, it can have anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and antifungal properties. Such properties can help to strengthen the immune system of the mother and the growing fetus, and prevent infections of flu, HIV, herpes, etc.
⇒ Another great health benefit of coconut water is that it helps to prevent and treat heartburn. Coconut water effectively helps in cleaning intestinal worms and the digestive tract. This can alleviate pregnant women from heartburn and constipation.
⇒ Mostly women suffer from urinary tract infection (UTI). Being a natural diuretic, coconut water can help to increase the flow and frequency of the urine. Hence, coconut water benefits in flushing toxins out of the body easily, and prevents urinary tract infection.
⇒ Coconut water is a natural and safe source for hydrating the body, and allows easy digestion. It's free of chemicals and contains a high amount of electrolytes.
⇒ Coconut water is light drink and can even help in weight loss. One cup of it contains 46 calories only, as it is 95% water.
Though, the benefits of coconut water during pregnancy are well-known, there are not enough studies done on this subject. To be on the safer side, consult your doctor when including coconut water in your diet when you are pregnant or breast-feeding. Also, make sure you buy fresh and tender coconuts to get the best quality of water. Consume coconut water in adequate amount, as mentioned by your doctor. In case you experience any side-effects, discontinue the use and contact your doctor immediately.
Disclaimer: This Buzzle article is for informative purposes only, and should not be used as a replacement for expert medical advice.