The Coconut palm is a survivor. It resists the worst of nature like no other. It bows before the power of tropical cyclones without losing its hold on the earth. And when the storm has passed, these elegant trees stand tall on our breath-taking beaches as if nothing happened. Amazingly, their fruit, the coconut is capable of riding the ocean waves for thousands of miles without losing its ability to germinate. And if you thought that was amazing, hear this, In India the coconut palm is called “the tree that provides everything necessary for life”. The coconut provides liquid for drinking and solid foo; its fiber is used from ropes to toothbrushes. Palm trunks are used for sandals, textile and houses. Nonetheless the fruit’s medical properties speak for themselves.
French: Noix de Coco
Description: Seed of the coconut palm, a tree of the botanical family palmas that reaches 20 meters in height. In spite of its name, the fruit is botanically not a nut but a drupe that weights up to 2.5 kilos (about 5 pounds)
The coconut is formed of a rough yellow or orange exterior husk (exocarp); a fibrous intermediate layer equivalent to the fleshy part of of common fruits (mesocarp) and central core (endocarp), which contains the seed, formed of the white pulp that is the edible portion.
Properties: The composition of coconut pulp varies with its degree of ripeness. When the fruit is green (6 to 7 moths) the pulp is gelatinous, contains a great deal of water, and its nutritional content is less.
As the coconut matures, the pulp becomes firmer, with less water and its nutrients are more concentrated. At this point it contains a fair portion carbohydrates (6.23%), proteins (3.3%), and minerals salts, particularly magnesium, calcium and phosphorus.
However, the most abundant nutrient in the coconut is fat, which makes up more than a third of its mature weight.
Most of the body’s magnesium is found in the bones (60%) and the muscles (26%). It contributes to bone hardness and healthy cartilage in the joints. Lack of magnesium in the muscles produces cramps and nervous excitability.
Coconut consumption (pulp or water) has a beneficial impact on the musculoskeletal system in the following cases:
Bone decalcification (loss of calcium).
Osteoporosis (demineralisation and loss of bone mass).
Musculoskeletal pain due to excess tension or lack of relaxation.
During infant teething to promote healthy formation.
In cases of Brittle hair or nails.
Extracted from New Lifestyle, Healthy Foods