Beauty School: Tender Coconut, More Than Just Water

Dr. Rashmi Shetty , 11 Mar 2013
Dr.Rashmi Shetty
Dr.Rashmi Shetty

What is the first thing you think of when you hear the words “tender coconut”? The cool, refreshing tender coconut water that has been quenching our summer thirst for years right? Noq discover how its other parts – the tender coconut meat, better known as malai – are beneficial to us in some unique ways.

Coconut (photo courtesy | asmhospital.com)
Coconut (photo courtesy | asmhospital.com)

Tender coconut, the young, green fruit of the coconut palm, is generally 90% water but its malai is most nutritious at this stage. It is even healthier than the mature coconut kernel, as it has relatively high levels of minerals, but lower fat, sugar and cholesterol. An 11-ounce serving of tender coconut malai contains a mere 65 calories, yet it is packed with such potent nutritional goodness!

1) A serving of tender coconut malai gives you your daily-recommended dose of manganese, a mineral beneficial in production of blood clotting factors. It also contains 15% potassium, required to keep your muscles, bones and digestive system in good shape. Magnesium, another crucial mineral for energy production and kidneys, is found in tender coconut malai.

2) It can also help improve the body’s immune system and anti-inflammatory responses. No wonder it has the Malay name of pokok seribu guna or the tree of a thousand uses!

3) Even the oil secreted from tender coconut malai is so rich in nutrients, that it is used as a wonder hair care ingredient. That’s right, the benefits of tender coconut malai go beyond health into beauty as well, as tender coconut oil is the latest revolutionary discovery in modern hair care. The oil is at its purest and lightest stage, making it a perfect recipe to fulfill your modern hair care needs of today.

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