How familiar are you with the health benefits of young coconut meat? Many people may associate them with the health benefits of coconut oil, milk and cream — all products derived from mature coconuts. However, young coconuts have a higher ratio of sweet coconut water to meat, while mature coconuts have thicker, more dry flesh ideal for pressing coconut oil or milk. Just by staying on the tree longer and thickening, the coconut meat changes in nutritional content and make-up. Young coconut meat is thinner, juicy, and packed with nutrients. Even better, this functional food is easy to cook with and suits a wide range of diets – especially plant-based, vegan and keto! A recent Harvard study shows that nutrients from food are more easily absorbable by the body, so read on for the 10 top vitamins and minerals found in young coconut meat.
Manganese is an essential mineral that works as a cofactor in development, reproduction, energy production, immune response and the regulation of brain activity. Studies show that when combined with the nutrients calcium, zinc and copper, manganese supports bone mineral density.
Copper helps maintain healthy bones, blood vessels, nerves and immune function. Also a great mineral to help your body form collagen, absorb and digest iron, giving copper a big role in energy production. A 2017 study shows that a copper deficiency can result in anemia and other complications.
Iron supports energy and focus, gastrointestinal processes, the immune system and the regulation of body temperature. Feeling tired? Iron is one of the easiest mineral deficiencies to ignore because of the common symptoms. According to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, an estimated 20 percent of women (ages 12-51) have iron deficiency anemia.
Phosphorus is an essential mineral, working with calcium to help build strong bones and teeth. Additionally, your body needs it to filter waste and to repair tissue and cells. According to a study by Oregon State, a number of enzymes, hormones and cell-signaling molecules depend on phosphorus for their activation. Phosphorus is crucial to individuals with hyperphosphatemia, caused by impaired kidney function.
Potassium prevents high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease. It is also well known for its role in preserving muscle mass (one of the reasons why it is considered an essential electrolyte that helps the body repair after exercise). One study found that participants who consume the daily requirement of potassium maintained an average of 3.6 more pounds of lean tissue mass than those with a potassium intake 50 percent lower.
Lauric acid promotes antioxidant activity and good cholesterol. It has also been shown to reduce blood pressure, oxidative stress and protects against Alzheimer’s Disease. For all the ketotarians out there, lauric acid has been shown to promote ketosis, which is helpful for people on low-carbohydrate and ketogenic diets. Last but not least, in a 2016 study, lauric acid’s acne-fighting properties were confirmed.
Research shows that selenium protects against heart disease, thyroid disease and mental decline. In addition, it boosts the immune system, acts as a powerful antioxidant, may reduce your risk of certain cancers and asthma symptoms.
Vitamin C regenerates other antioxidants within the body. Antioxidant and immune function, studies have shown that vitamin C helps to prevent and/or treat numerous health conditions. Preventing and treating cancer, cardiovascular disease, age-related macular degeneration and cataracts, and the common cold.
Magnesium plays several important roles in the health of your body and brain. Every cell needs it to function. It’s involved in more than 600 reactions in your body, including converting muscle movements and converting food into energy. Be mindful of your intake as studies show low levels of magnesium are linked to depression. Research indicates that 50% of people in the US get less than the recommended daily amount of magnesium.
Studies show zinc is essential for the activity of over 300 enzymes that aid in metabolism, digestion, nerve function and many other processes. Other female-focused research indicates that zinc supports bone growth in children and the maintenance of bone density in older adults.
Multiple studies have indicated that these 10 vitamins and minerals have properties to support the brain and the main 11 systems of the human body! That includes: nervous, skeletal, endocrine, digestive, muscular, immune + lymphatic, circulatory, integumentary, renal, respiratory, and respiratory. Nowadays, diets abound that promote different food groups but also exclude others. So it’s even more important to be aware of the vitamins and minerals you need and/or may be lacking. By incorporating young coconut meat into your diet, you are imbibing a wide range of vitamins and minerals that are not necessarily commonly consumed in our daily modern diet. Choose frozen coconut meat to ensure maximum freshness and nutritional value!