Coconut water has made its debut as a means of both replenishment after undertaking exercise and as an alternative to soft drinks. But do people really understand the benefits of what they are drinking?
Naturally, coconut water is a rich source of electrolytes, potassium and magnesium in particular. Low in sugar and virtually fat-free, it makes the perfect post workout drink. Not only does potassium work with sodium to regulate body fluid levels and ensure the body remains hydrated, it is also important in the maintenance of muscle and nerve function. With magnesium also being a main component in cellular function, muscle contraction and serving a role in energy production, it is important to ensure that the body does not become depleted in this mineral.
CocoPro: Coconut water with protein
Alongside this, CocoPro has a few added extras to offer. With a blend of Whey Protein Isolate to provide you with an optimum dose of protein, CocoPro promotes the regulation of muscle regrowth and the repair of damaged muscular tissue. Around half of the 20 amino acids used to build proteins must be obtained from external sources as they cannot be created within the body, therefore whey is perfect. Not only does it contain all 20 of the amino acids, but it is extremely soluble and is therefore absorbed efficiently in the body.
Ensuring protein is obtained soon after activity (alongside carbohydrate), especially after intense training (such as running) or prolonged activity (e.g. marathon training), is extremely important in promoting the recovery process. The body doesn’t possess the ability to store protein and excess protein is either converted into glycogen or fat or is excreted, therefore regular uptakes of protein is key. As runners avidly train hard for various marathons, consuming CocoPro immediately after long runs or workouts could therefore place you on the best track for optimising immediate recovery.
CocoPro’ s formula may also be a great way of helping maintain body shape and reducing excess body fat. The leucine present acts to maintain lean muscle tissue and utilise the body’s protein intake more effectively, helping metabolise fat rather than muscle.
CocoPro contains 100% (yes all 100%!) of the RDA of Vitamin C. This is one of the most important vitamins in upholding a tough immunity, which, whilst training hard, can easily become low. With no added sugar, only sweetened with natural ingredients, CocoPro also helps to maintain the blood sugar balance.
With the choice of three delicious flavours – original, pineapple and pomegranate – how can you afford not to try it?