Solution For Blood Pressure Using Coconut Water
It has been revealed that moderate consumption of coconut water can lower the risk of high blood pressure, reduce cholesterol level and weight control. Dr Ochuko Erikainure, a nutritionist and biochemist, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos on Thursday.
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 re-hydrating agent because it is much better than commercial sport 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 protects against aging effects in cells and tissues which help to reduce the risk of developing degenerative and age-related diseases,” he said.
According to Wikipaedia, Cytokines are a broad and loose category of small proteins (~5–20 kDa) that are important in cell signaling. Their release has an effect on the behavior of cells around them.
Erikainure, however, cautioned that over consumption of coconut water could cause hyperkalemia.
“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 laxative effect in the body,’’ he said.
Coconut water finds itself high on the list of home remedies for high blood pressure. One of the causes for high blood pressure is an imbalance of electrolytes in the blood.
Because coconut water contains an adequate supply of minerals and salts, it can help counter this imbalance. Modern researchers say the potassium content in coconut water plays a huge role in lowering blood pressure. Both potassium chloride (seen in supplements) and potassium citrate (seen in foods) can help lower blood pressure. Potassium helps balance out the level of sodium in your blood and keeps your body functioning properly.
In one study, researchers noted that consumption of coconut water resulted in a reduction of systolic pressure in 71 percent of the participants and a reduction in diastolic pressure by 29 percent. As promising as this is, more studies need to be done to give a proper answer to the question of how long does it take for coconut water to reduce blood pressure?
The American Heart Association urges patients with high blood pressure to eat according to DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension). Now all the vegetables in the DASH diet are rich in potassium. As the potassium in coconut water will function much the same as the potassium in DASH vegetables, it’s a great idea to drink coconut water for controlling blood pressure.
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