An expert has revealed that with a moderate intake of coconut water, it could lower the risk of high blood pressure.
On Thursday, February 22, 2018, a nutritionist and biochemist, Dr. Ochuko Erikainure, revealed in an interview with the Nigerian Agency of Nigeria that a moderate consumption of coconut water can lower the risk of high blood pressure, reduce cholesterol level and weight control.
He said coconut water was rich in high electrolyte contents particularly, potassium which reduces the risk of high blood pressure.
“Studies have shown that coconut water has been used as a refreshing natural beverage. It is because coconut water is naturally enriched with antioxidants, amino acids, enzymes, B vitamins, vitamin C and minerals such as iron, calcium, potassium, magnesium, manganese, and zinc.”
“Coconut water can also be used for a re-hydrating agent because it is much better than commercial sports drinks. Vitamin C in coconut water also plays an influential role which helps to reduce cholesterol level and weight control.”
“Vitamin C, selenium, maganese and zinc make coconut water a potent antioxidant, thus protecting the cells against oxidative stress. Cytokines in coconut water protect against aging effects in cells and tissues which help to reduce the risk of developing degenerative and age-related diseases,” he said.
“Hyperkalemia is an overabundance of potassium in the blood which can induce acute kidney failure, heart arrhythmia, and coma. It is advised to consume moderately because excess consumption has also been shown to have a laxative effect in the body,’’ he said.
Erikainure, cautioned that over-consumption of coconut water could cause hyperkalemia which could be fatal.