Seven Benefits of Coconut Water

Coconut water is the purest liquid second only to water itself. It has many health benefits and uses that you probably did not know about.

Many persons have gone to the Caribbean, the Pacific Islands, Florida, Hawaii, South America or Southern Asia and have tasted some very refreshing coconut water. The palm trees you have become accustomed to while on vacation are very potent sources of coconut water that has many health benefits and uses that you probably did not know about. Coconut water is the purest liquid second only to water itself. It is chock full of electrolytes, calcium, potassium, magnesium; everything that is good for you.


Coconut water is the liquid that is taken from unripe coconuts. If coconuts get ripe the liquid that is inside will harden and become a part of the white flesh of the coconut, which is used to make coconut milk. So, picking the coconut while it is unripe will ensure that the body gets all the benefits of coconut water.

Coconut Water Hydrates the Body

Coconut water is an isotonic solution which replaces the fluids and minerals that the body loses during physical activities. For this reason, many athletes and persons who work out regularly are encouraged to drink coconut water to replace all the minerals and fluid that they lose while working out. Even the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) attest to the benefits of drinking coconut water when it fought for a patent in 2000 to market coconut water as the next big sports drinks.

Coconut Water Relieves Urinary Problems

If you consume coconut water on a regular basis it can reduce urinary problems. People who suffer from strangury, polyutra and other urinary ailments drink coconut water to relieve their symptoms.

Coconut Water Kills Intestinal Worms

Drinking coconut water with one teaspoon of olive oil for three days will kill intestinal worms and clear the stomach of worms, which makes for better digestion.

Coconut Water Breaks up Kidney Stones

People who have kidney problems and are plagued by kidney stones should drink coconut water in addition to taking their medication. Drinking coconut water regularly helps to break up kidney stones making them easier to push out.

Coconut Water is Used in Blood Transfusion

Coconut water is almost identical to blood plasma and this makes it easy to use for blood transfusion. In cases of emergency coconut water has been used as an intravenous hydration fluid instead of the standard IV fluid. During World War II many wounded soldiers were saved in the Pacific because of emergency transfusion using coconut water as plasma.

Coconut Water is an Antibacterial

Coconut water contains monolaurin, an antiviral, antibacterial and antiprozoal monoglyceride that is used to kill lipid-coated viruses such as HIV, Herpes, cytomegalovirus, flu and various pathogenic bacteria.

Coconut Water Controls Vomiting

Coconut water is great at reducing vomiting. People who have typhoid, malaria, fevers or other ailments that are known to induce vomiting drink coconut water to settle the stomach. As such, coconut water is also a good thing to drink during a hangover.

Green or unripe coconuts can be found in Asian and West Indian markets. All coconuts that they sell are closed up to keep coconut water from losing its nutrients. So, if you plan on buying a coconut, you can ask someone to chop the coconut open or you can open it yourself at home and drink it.

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  1. Wow! Great article. I had no idea coconut water was so beneficial. Thanks for the info.

  2. Yeah, I’d drink coconut water as a post-workout drink if it was more readily available/less expensive. It has more electrolytes, vitamins, and minerals than those sports drinks, with less sugar and processed junk!

  3. Great article. Thanks.

  4. hi thanx for the article, great info…i have heard from others that coconut water can be good for weight loss too is this true?

  5. Coconut Water ROX!!!

    I usualy buy O.N.E. Coconut Water at Whole Foods in Santa Monica, CA and online @:


  6. i so love coconut water i am from the caribbean and i subsitute coconut water with regular water all the times cause it is refreshing and easier to drink.

  7. Who a u?

  8. i love to sleep with coconut JK :p talk talk talk

  9. I found an Asian store in LA that sell a box of 9 plastic wrapped fresh coconuts from Thailand for $6.99. Fresh and no preservatives for sure and a notch more natural than Vita Coco or ONE. You have the coconut meat too which is good source of low fat snack. The best coconut water I have ever tasted were from the Philippines while growing up – very sweet and sharp – cut opened before you, it is like drinking life from nature…

  10. Argg, me think I need some coconut.

  11. I have read that it has lauric acid that mimics the HIV virus so it can get inside and tears the parts of the said deadly virus. Amazing. I better go back to the Philippines and have a coconut business to be exported in the Philippines. I’ve seen how vast thier coconut plantations are!!!1

  12. Coconut water is a straight up rock n roller !! Between that , flax oil and apple cider vinegar , my insides should be in pretty good shape to say the least ! Thank you for this great information !!

  13. Whenever I’m in Goa, I go for a run on the beach in the early morning and on the way back drink one or two ‘tender’ (young) coconut juices. It’s the most amazing drink I’ve ever known!
    The other contender is the ice-apple which is somewhat difficult to get.

  14. I can’t WAIT to try it!!!!

  15. Great article..!It’s really helpful.

  16. Hi, I live in the netherlands antilles and my mom is diagnose with liver cancer and she is loosing blood due to a leaking of the tumor.
    Due to our believes she won’t take blood and her HB was 8.2 and couldn’t undergo surgery,I gave her coconut water 3x a day and her blood went to 10.3.

  17. coconut water cured my urinary tract infection..its meat (of young coconut) is really refreshing, one piece of it is a perfect non-calorie snacks. (you will have both its meat and juice), its very cheap in the philippines, can easily be found everywhere there, you’ll be sure on its pureness bcoz it will be opened before ur very eyes..

  18. did not realize how wonderful and healthy coconuts were for our body. I planted a tree several years ago and my harvest is off the chain…my neighbors ask for them regular. But, now, I will use this wonderful, God, created medicine everyday. The older coconut water is sweeter…lol, but, the husk is harder to work on. I thank God for all those who have provide the information!!

  19. Thanks for sharing! Be joy.

  20. I drink coconut milk daily to help combat the candida caused by my chemo-therapy. Taste great, too.

  21. I think coconut water tastes like dirty water. Disappointing.

  22. Where can I get cheap coconut water in the UK?

  23. Ignore previous comment

    I found a website that sells it in powder form:

    K+ Isotonic Coconut Water

    Much cheaper than the real thing

    I really do hope it tastes as good.

  24. iIi just bought Kirks Original Coco Soap an all natural soap thats nothing but coconut soap water glycerin and coconut oil and i love it… not only is it all natural but the coconut kills all bacteria odor so you dont even need a deodorant afterwards.. i showered with it and then went on a bike ride in 80 degree weather sweated like crazy and came back and still smelling soapy fresh.. everybody should use it .. it smells alot like ivory and not like cocobutter like you would think.

  25. I have tried it and its very refreshing.But i didnt know of its health benefits.Thanks for this great article

  26. i completely love coconut water. it tastes great, is refreshing, and it is excellent for you. i am currently an r.n and am pregnant with my second child and all i have craved lately is coconut water and it seems to be helping me with pregnancy heartburn and all those indigestion issues that come along with pregnancy… i drink natural coconut water from a natural juice place around my home and when i cant get around to the natural source itself than i resume to the farm stores around the corner and buy VITA COCO…. its delish!

  27. hello
    my daughtger in law told me about it…makes her feel so great …went out to buy some today will wait for it to get cold and then try……

  28. lol I’m drinking it right this second XD

  29. Nice Article ….useful as well

  30. Another great benefit……Coconut water when mixed with rum makes fat chicks pretty!!!!

  31. It really works… Drink coconut water as daily basis….You will feel fresh and cool…Specially software engineers who always work for MNC take care abt their health be spending 12-15 rupees/day instead of spending 1lac for medicine in future…

  32. You’re a douchebag John Fry….too bad it doesn’t make you look better to THEM.

    But as for the coconut water, it is very refreshing and has tons of benefits. And the potassium it has can be helpful for high blood pressure.

  33. Hi

    I bought mine from it tasted similar to the ones I had when I was in south east asia. I had to buy this online since its not available in the super markets.

  34. good article . it help me to know the more benefits of coconut water

  35. Coconut Water is totally awesome. Living in the Pacific, I get fresh coconuts sold on the roadsides to enjoy the refreshing drink as well as fill myself with its delicious meet. For the past week I have been drinking around two coconuts juice daily and I can really feel the difference in my health especially stamina and skin.

  36. Do NOT drink coconut water except directly from the coconut.
    Studies have been published that show coconut water is a breeding ground for dangerous bacteria.
    If you have to drink it, drink the ones in the can, not the flimsy tetrapaks. The canning process kills any germs and seals it as sterile.
    The tetra paks , which are easily damaged, allow germs in and cause that foul after taste.$=relatedarticles&logdbfrom=pubmed


  38. i am a type two diabetic and i would like to know if it is ok for me to drink coconut water,i have an unlimited supply luckily and i do drink it at least twice per week but nobody seems to know if its ok for me,my fasting blood suger level appear normal and i have no adverse effects but i do need to Know…thks

  39. Coconut water tastes great, but most of this article is complete nonsense. It’s not “almost identical” to human blood plasma (there’s no albumin protein in it for one thing, and that’s what makes plasma plasma), it’s not that rich in electrolytes, and it’s not “the purest liquid second to water”, whatever that means.

    Have a cool refreshing glass of coconut juice as a treat, but ignore the pseudoscientific new-agey wishful thinking, and don’t look for any benefits other than enjoyment. Enjoyment is enough, anyway.

  40. coconut? name it! THE TREE OF LIFE

    1. ROOTS – Coconut roots are used as beverage, dye, mouthwash, and medicine for dysentery (formerly known as flux or the bloody flux). A frayed-out piece of root can also be used as a toothbrush.
    2. COCONUT TRUNKS – Coconut trunks, its hardy and durable wood is used for building small bridges, preferred for their straightness, strength and salt resistance. It is also used to make benches, tables, carvings, picutre frames, tables, tool boxes and construction materials, among others. Paper pulp can also be extracted from the coconut trunk and other woody parts of the tree.

    3. Coconut branches (leaf petioles) are strong and flexible enough to make a switch (a flexible rod, typically used for corporal punishment).

    4. Coconut leaves can be woven to create effective roofing materials, or reed mats. It can also produce good quality paper pulp, midrib brooms, hats and mats, fruit trays, waste baskets, fans, beautiful midrib decors, lamp shades, placemats, and bags. The stiff leaflet midribs can also be used to make cooking skewers and kindling arrows. Dried coconut leaves can be burned to ash, which can be harvested for lime

    5. Coconut fruit produces buko, often used for salads, halo-halo (crushed ice with sweetened fruit), sweets and pastries. The “sport fruit” of the coconut known as makapuno is primarily harvested in the Philippines. They are sold in jars as “gelatinous mutant coconut” cut into balls or strands. Considered a delightful delicacy and largely used for making preserves and ice-cream. It is possible for it not to be kept in storage and still, will not germinate.

    6.Coconut Meat
    Coconut meat is the thick white, fleshy substance found inside the coconut shell. It is edible and can be used fresh or dried in cooking. It can also be used to obtain coco flour, desiccated coconut, coconut milk, coconut chips, coconut candies, bukayo or local sweetened shredded coconut meat, latik copra and even, animal feeds.

    7.Coconut Water
    Coconut water provides an isotonic electrolyte balance, and is a highly nutritious food source. Uses of coconut water include: coconut water vinegar; coconut wine; production of the chewy, fiber-rich “nata”, good as a dessert and as a laxative; as a growth factor; and as a substitute for dextrose. It is also used to cure renal disorders. “Bukolysis” is the medical process of reducing or dissolving urinary stones from the urinary tract, using buko water from 7 to 9 months old coconuts. If you heard of “water therapy”, there is also such thing as “buko/coconut therapy”.

    8.Coconut Milk
    Coconut milk is made by processing grated coconut with hot water or milk, which extracts the oil and aromatic compounds. It should not be confused with the coconut water mentioned above, and has a fat content of approximately 17%. When refrigerated and left to set, coconut cream will rise to the top and separate out the milk. The milk is used to produce virgin coconut oil. It is a common ingredient in many tropical cuisines. In Thailand, coconut milk is the base of most Thai curries.

    9.Coconut Oil
    Copra is the dried coconut meat and, after further processing, is a source of high coconut oil content (as much as 64%). Coconut oil is the most readily digested, of all the fats, generally used in the world. Its chief competitors are soya bean oil, palm oil and palm kernel oil. It can be rapidly processed and extracted as a fully organic product from fresh coconut flesh, and used in many ways including as a medicine and in cosmetics, or as a direct replacement for diesel fuel. Virgin coconut oil is found superior to the oil extracted from copra for cosmetic purposes.

    10.(Coconut) Apical Bud
    Apical buds of adult plants are edible and are known as “palm-cabbage” or heart-of-palm. In the Philippines, it is known as ubod and considered one of the finest vegetables. It is considered a rare delicacy, as the act of harvesting the bud, could kill the palm. It can be served in many appetizing ways. Cubed in fairly large bits, makes a wonderful addition to Spanish rice, or in their long strips, to Arroz a la Cubana. It is also eaten in salads (mixed with mayonnaise or thousand island dressing), known as “Millionaire’s Salad”.

    11.Coconut Infloresence
    Out of the bud of the coconut tree’s infloresence is a fermented juice called coconut toddy or, in the Philippines, tuba. The principal uses of the toddy are: as fresh beverage; for producing alcoholic beverages; for producing vinegar; for making sugar; and as a source of yeast for making bread.

    12.Coconut Husk
    Coconut husks are made of bristle fiber (10%), mattress fiber (20%) and coir dust and shorts or wastes (70%). Coir is used in ropes, mats, brushes, caulking boats and as stuffing fibre; it is also used extensively in horticulture for making potting compost. The husk can be used for fuel and are a good source of charcoal. Dried half coconut shells with husks are used to buff wooden floors, making it clean and shiny (free from dusts). In the Philippines, it is known as “bunot”. Fresh inner coconut husk can be rubbed on the lens of snorkelling goggles to prevent fogging during use.

    13.Coconut Shell
    Coconut shell produces the core of the most saleable household products and fashion accessories that can be turned into lucrative, wide-selling cottage industries. In the Philippines, dried half shells are used as musical instrument in a folk dance called “Maglalatik”, a traditional dance about conflicts for coconut meat within the Spanish era. They are also used in theatres, banged together to create the sound effect of a horses’ hoofbeats. Half coconut shells may be deployed as an improvised bra, especially for comedic effect or theatrical purposes. Shirt buttons can be carved out of dried coconut shell. Coconut buttons are often used for Hawaiian Aloha shirts.

    You see how amazing the coconut tree is? In fact, in the Philippines, it is considered as one of the major dollar earner industry that provides livelihood to most of the country’s population. Indeed, a Tree of Life!

    I grow thousand of coconuts @ the back of my house :P i live in a province and i love it!! i used coconut water/ than acidic coke!!!

    enjoy drinking coconut..

  41. It’s incredible to believe all the natural benefits that coconut water offers. I’ve been drinking coconut water (Vita Coco) for a few months now and I am addicted. I’ve tried many of the other coconut waters on the market, and I’ve found Vita Coco to be the absolute best. If you haven’t tried it or found a brand you like, definitely try Vita Coco. (Peach Mango! )

  42. come taste coconut in africa. u would love it

  43. great article. I personally love the taste of coconut.
    And every morning my mom would loved to buy me one for only PhP 18.00 each..
    hehe. Cheap one right? with many benefits? *cheers*

  44. I love Amy & Brian Coconut juice in a can – two servings worth for about $2.40 = great deal!!!

  45. studies shows coconut water is good for diabetic person even for type 2 diabetes

  46. I’ve planted 5 coconut trees around my compound…and now I’m able to drink the young coconut water in fact every 2 days once..its really refreshing… it reduces my urinary problems. Wonderful .. ’should i say ‘

  47. Vita Coco is my favorite coconut water product. It’s the closest thing the getting it right out of the coconut! I’ve lost so much weight just by drinking vita coco it’s amazing. They also have different flavors which is nice to mix things up.

  48. Last summer we went to Philippines for vacation and I tried to drink one coconut water which was opened infront of me and it taste amazing‼ cant wait to try one again.

  49. Love Vita Coco! It’s such a great deal for all the nutritional elements you get out of it. The packaging they come in allows the drink to be good up to 12 months…

  50. Great article! I just recently have been using coconut oil and milk in my diet. I will sure now start using coconut water!!

  51. When I was young, I was told not to take coconut water cos it can weaken our bones, especially our legs. Is that true?
    Anyway, this is a good article. From now, I will try to drink coconut water!

  52. I remember as a child I used to grind my teeth at night while asleep. My Mexican Nany told my mom to give me Coconut water. I stopped grinding my teeth for ever.
    Turnes out I had intestinal worms. Cleared!

  53. I am also very fond of coconut water.
    In certain parts of Sri Lanka we used to have one variety called the KING COCONUT. This is of golden colour on the outside unlike the other varieties which are green in colour.
    This King Coconut variety is supposed to be the best and is supposed to give greater health benefits than the ordinary green
    I wonder whether it is available in any other country. I think the King Coconut should be available in the Maldive Islands as some people in North Sri Lanka used to call it the Maldive Island variety.
    Coconut palms also have dwarf varieties which do not grow too high like ordinary ones.

  54. Great article and information shared. Thank you ! Much appreciated.

  55. hi,is coconut water is good for B.P , and lose weight also, plz tell me. and how to use thank x.

  56. Interesting post. Thanks for sharing.
    Diesel Oil Additive

  57. Coco water is amazing!! I’m so addicted. It’s truly hydrating, and you can tell it has a similar electrolyte/pH balance as our blood because it feels so in sync with your body as you drink it. Ten times better than artificial sports drinks. It’s pretty much a hangover cure too. I notice my eyes and skin are clearer and brighter from drinking it daily, it cures thirst and is great after a workout. Really makes you look and feel fresh and young. Believe the hype. I love Vita Coco and Coco Juice with Banana. Delicious! I’ve found my new lease on life!!

  58. Thanks for giving such useful tips..

  59. its good to our body.its very fantastic.i love coconut water.i try to drink it always…it is very healthy.

  60. This is a really good discussion! Thanks for the viewpoints

  61. Thanks for giving me good advice about This

  62. is the site sponsered by vita coco?

  63. since i read this info i started drinking coconut water

  64. I never realized how important coconut water is important to our healths. I normally see it in the local green grocer shops. From now onwards, I will consider it in my diet. – temperature danger zone

  65. coconut water is so refreshing after a long walk or an hour of aerobics! The flesh of the (not too young and not too old) coconut is delicious , filling and definetly low in calories. I recently got six trees and I intend to plant them in my yard.Try the water with gin ‘coconut water and gin’ if you want you can add a little of the soft flesh


  66. thats fantastic life saving drink hats off to tender coconut natural drink


  68. If coconut water had no beneficial health properties, I would still drink it simply because I like the taste and find it very refreshing!

  69. Thank you for the info. God Really bless you.

  70. good one

  71. I enjoy all coconuts products which elevated my potassium. The doctor told me coconut products are very bad for your heart that it cloggs your arteries. I don’t know who to believe because, I felt so well and was able to lose weight. Help. Help help

  72. coconut juice cant be recommended to all patients with kidney problems (like patients with chronic kidney diseases or undergoing dialysis).. drinking coconut water is dangerous if your (non functional) kidneys cant flush out the extra potassium in your body. anyway nice article! :D

  73. If anyone can get hold of Dr Antonio Martins Coconut water drinks/products BUY THEM!

    He does a delicious coconut smoothie which is just coconut water, coconut pulp a touch of banana!!

    I love the water with banana…its 80% coconut water, 18% banana pulp and 2% lemon juice!!

    What else could be more healthy….i love the feeling of it going down, i know im doing my body a massive favour!

  74. thank you for this wonderful information although i already know some of this coconut water benefits.. i keep drinking this everyday in our cafeteria.. every morning.. it makes me feel good the whole say

  75. ty maria I am glad to know it helped your grinding. I have done that for years don\’t really know when I started but still do. Guess I need to try it.

  76. Greetings Most Informed One??????
    FYI: To Whom It May Concern:
    During the exodus of the\\\’Boat People,\\\’ whilst escaping the probable massacre by the Communist Vietnamese Regime, many enfants were borne aboard the ships on the hot open air China seas, only to be dehydrated, and nearly dead upon reaching the shores of Malaysia.
    They were unable to ingest liquids by even a dropper or mother\\\’s lactation. A very enlightened doctor had the knowledge/ (obvious experience) and presence of mind to do COCONUT WATER transfusions (with butterfly syringe) into their virtually undetectable veins and RE-HYDRATED them back to life!!!!!!!
    I hope this will servce to crack your scientific carapace of insulated ignorance, denying and refuting natural knowledge, simply because YOU personally do not have the capacity to conceive what YOU cannot prove in a laboratory. Similar \\\’pseudoscientists\\\’ still refute proven theorum for which their envied peers have received the Nobel Prize !!
    Glory to the author of the article extolling the benefits of coconut water, and to other inspired mavericks of natural healing, eg: Suzanne Sommers, who defied conventional medical experts, that, along with their diplomas, seem to have accepted conscientious lobotomies as a part of the Hippocratic Oath, aligned her higherself with natural healing of \\\’stage-4\\\’ cancer, and is well enough today to document the route-map for others!!
    Adversity to the \\\’Devil\\\’s Advocate\\\’s opinion is most inspiring and compelling; Thanks for providing the forum for this tangential commentary!.
    lordhaifa (RSA)

  77. Good way too drop Weight.

  78. i just cant believe this… i have to start drinking coconut water……….

  79. informative article….. cum to india u get a gud one.

  80. That was nice article.
    so imformative.

  81. i drink coconut water or juice it relieves my sinusitis… It is great. please try…

  82. Wow I never knew coconut water was that good to be able to help with all those problems. I came across Cocofina, I found that it doesnt have the same bland taste as others. It has a creamy nutty flavour which is amazing. I now cant get enough of it. Thanks for the information its very useful.

  83. Where do we find raw coconuts sold? I only find ripe ones.

  84. Cocunut water when I used then my feeling like a Arabic Horse whose fit for derby to win. 0.50 $ one coconut in Pakistan has very cheap price.

  85. HealthNut | Dec 31, 2009 | Reply

    You’re a douchebag John Fry….too bad it doesn’t make you look better to THEM.

    get over yourself man he was just trying to be funny.

  86. Buna. Sufar de angioedem ereditar. In Romania bolnavii cu angioedem ereditar nu beneficiaza de tratament, iar crizele sunt insuportabile. La urgenta se administreaza plasma proaspat congelata. Daca aceasta apa de cocos este substituent de plasma, inseamna ca face o minune pentru bolnavii cu angioedem.

  87. Why do people have to be so “negative”, if you don’t like the water, then don’t drink it. I drink it daily, and the benefits for me are excellent, but if they weren’t I would not make comments to try to keep others from drinking it. PEACE


  89. Great Information posted on this website, We should be always thankful To Allah who has created natural and inexpensive fruit as well as medicine…

  90. How many teaspoons of coconut water with olive oil to combate worms? My small kid look like he has parasits so I will give it a try..

  91. How many teaspoons of coconut water with olive oil to combate worms? My small kid look like he has parasits so I will give it a try..

  92. How many teaspoons of coconut water with olive oil to combate worms? My small kid look like he has parasits so I will give it a try..

  93. infonya very nice and helpful at all

  94. thanks on the info

  95. shukrani kwa info

  96. infonya very nice and helpful at all

  97. nice and I like the info

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