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Crack Open a Coconut and Enjoy the Benefits

The tree bends and cracks as the man levitates toward the overflowing leaves. The coconuts are quickly picked and fall like meteorites striking the earth with a peculiar thud. These green globes are swiftly broken open revealing a dark fibrous shell. The villagers, gathered by a nearby rock, raise the coconuts to the sky and thrust them down upon the stone as their aromatic liquid pours into awaiting bowls. They remove the porcelain white flesh and place it in the sun to dry. The flaky coconut we buy in the store has a beautiful beginning, and while witnessing the harvest of coconuts is a sight to see; their health benefits surpass the experience.

"Eating coconut helps fight gas, constipation, ulcers, and other digestive and stomach ailments. Coconut supports thyroid function and can help prevent goiter because it naturally contains iodine. Coconut has been shown to protect the body from cancer and osteoporosis, dissolve kidney stones, reduce epileptic seizures, and reduce symptoms associated with pancreatic disorders." - EHOW.com

A one-cup serving of shredded coconut contains 283 calories, 3 grams of protein, and 7 grams of fiber, as well as zero cholesterol, and only 16 mg of sodium. Internally, coconut provides quick and lasting boosts of energy, while externally, coconut helps soften skin, and reduce wrinkles and fine lines. The meat of the coconut contains lauric acid, which helps fight bacteria from intestinal parasites. While coconut water maintains proper kidney and bladder function.

With all these health benefits it is possible that coconut water is present at the Fountain of Youth. Unfortunately, nobody knows where the Fountain is, but if you see a group of tall trees and levitating men, it may be close by. For now, visit your local grocery store and ask the clerk where you can find this miracle fruit, bring it home and enjoy this recipe for Coconut Macaroons
 

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