Call it a ‘wonder fruit’ or ‘wonder plant’, Coconut (Cocos nucifera) belongs to the Palm family (Arecaceae). Spanish explorers named the cocos – meaning ‘grinning face’, because of the three little eyes on the base which they thought resembled a monkey. coconut is hugely popular among various regions for the excellent properties it has to offer.
Numerous studies have corroborated coconut’s benefits toward human
health and overall well-being. Coconuts are highly nutritious and rich in fibre, vitamins C, E, B1, B3, B5 and B6 and minerals including iron, selenium, sodium, calcium, magnesium and phosphorous.
In tropical and subtropical regions, populations use coconut in various forms. It is also a part of their daily diet as fruit. A highly nutritious source
with a healthy combination of essential fatty acids and vitamins makes it a
complete fruit for everyone.
Coconut is known to be highly beneficial for weight loss, improvement of blood cholesterol levels, digestion, ward off wrinkles, regulate hormones and detoxification of vital organs. Coconut is also believed to be keeping day-to-day diseases at bay by increasing immunity.
Plentiful drinks are available during the intense sunny season but nothing helps our body like coconut water does. It is full of taste, refreshing and provides instant energy to the body.
Coconut has other advantages besides promoting good health. The shell of the coconut is often used for making attractive handicraft items, while the trunk is used for making furniture. People make use of coconut leaves in making brooms, floor brushes, and feather dusters.