Also known as The Jewel of the Tropics, the coconut palm (Cocos Nucifera) is one of the ten most useful plants in the world and has great economic significance in the countries where it is grown. The water obtained from the coconut, especially from the tender and freshly plucked variety, is a powerhouse of nutrients and is an excellent source of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, amino acids, enzymes, carbohydrates and other health enhancing growth hormones.
Coconut water is rich in nutrients and as it is obtained from a natural source, it has more health benefits than packaged beverages like energy drinks and sodas. Especially in India, it is not uncommon to see Coconut Bandis, or carts with fresh tender coconuts piled up, standing outside hospitals big and small. Doctors frequently recommend tender coconut water for most of their patients and most corporate hospitals include this elixir of life in their diet plan. Apart from hospitals, you can also come across these carts laden with coconuts at almost every nook and corner of most cities, especially in South India, and is also available at most outlets, fruit stalls, cool drink parlors, restaurants and even five star hotels.