Coconuts have been grown in the tropical regions for more than 4,500 years; they are widely consumed for their flavor and potential health benefits.
The fruit is also processed to produce coconut milk, coconut sugar and coconut oil. Coconut milk is made from the flesh of the mature brown coconuts. The milk has a thick consistency with a rich, creamy texture which is made by grating the flesh of the coconut and then squeezing it through the cheesecloth to extract the milk.
Coconut milk is high in various vitamins and minerals and it is recommended for patients who are lactose intolerant. Here are TOP FOUR benefits of coconut milk.
• Strengthens immune system
Coconuts contain lauric acid, which is known to support the immune system. It has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties and inhibits the growth of bacterial strains like tuberculosis and Streptococcus pneumonia. This, in turn, helps protect the body from various bacterial infections.
• Prevents inflammation
The anti-inflammatory properties in lauric acid present in coconut milk can help in lowering inflammation associated with conditions like arthritis, muscle aches and pains.
• Manage diabetes
The medium-chain fatty acids in coconut milk can aid in slowing down the rate of blood sugar in the bloodstream. This prevents a rise in blood sugar levels, thus reducing the onset of diabetes.
• Lowers blood pressure
The presence of essential minerals like potassium, sodium, calcium and iron in coconut milk can help in lowering blood pressure. It works by improving blood circulation and keeping the blood vessels relaxed and free from blockage.
- Alekhya Reddy
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