You probably already know we’re huge fans of coconut around here. We’ve often written about the versatility of this tropical seed.
For example a fistful of unsweetened coconut flakes makes a delicious snack. You can create your own healthy “trail mix” by combining a few of your favorite nuts with a scoop of the flakes.
Hydrating coconut milk and coconut water seem to have a nearly endless list of potential uses. And coconut oil is incredibly versatile too, equally at home in the kitchen as a cooking oil or in the bathroom as a beauty product.
Plus let’s not forget coconut flour. This flexible high protein and lower carb option can be used in place of the flour in many of your favorite recipes.
But you may not have yet heard of one of the newer coconut products to hit store shelves: coconut vinegar.
Coconut vinegar is made from fermented coconut water or coconut sap. We recommend you choose a sap-based version if you can find it. Coconut sap vinegars are aged longer and are made from the mature coconut blossoms which are richer in vitamins, minerals, amino acids, enzymes and probiotics.
6 reasons to try coconut vinegar today
We still have a lot to learn about coconut vinegar. It’s so new to the market that there hasn’t been much research done on it yet. But what we’ve learned so far is already exciting.
Following are six reasons to give coconut vinegar a try today.
1. Stock up on important nutrients:
Coconut vinegar contains a number of healthy nutrients. It’s a good source of…
- potassium for muscle and heart health
- vitamin C for immunity building
- iron for the production of red blood cells and cellular energy
- riboflavin for a healthy metabolism
- phosphorus for waste filtering, energy metabolism and bone building
- copper for red blood cell formation and iron absorption
- B12 for energy and nerve health
Plus the vinegar contains a number of other vitamins and minerals.
2. Replenish your good bugs with probiotics:
Coconut sap vinegars typically ferment for between eight months and a year making them an excellent source of probiotics. Probiotics are the key to keeping your digestive system healthy, while boosting your immune system, supporting mood and improving your overall health.
3. Blood sugar balancing:
Most taste testers say coconut vinegar is a bit milder that apple cider vinegar with a subtle sweetness. But despite its sweeter flavor coconut vinegar is very low on the glycemic index, registering at only 35 on the scale.
A low glycemic rating means people watching their blood sugar can use it without worrying about blood sugar spikes or crashes. And eating it before a carb heavy dish could help keep your numbers from shooting through the roof.
But keep in mind like any vinegar you don’t want to drink it straight. Dilute your coconut vinegar in water or eat it mixed into your favorite foods.
4. Support weight loss:
Like apple cider vinegar coconut vinegar may help with weight management. First, it has zero calories. But more importantly, coconut vinegar is a source of acetic acid, a chemical that suppresses appetite. According to researchers at the Arizona State University Nutrition Program, acetic acid can help you eat up to 200 fewer calories per day.
5. Replenish your amino acids:
While we tend to give vitamins and minerals a lot of attention the importance of amino acids often gets overlooked. Amino acids are the building blocks for protein and they’re vital to healthy brain function, tissue repair and much more. There are nine essential amino acids that our bodies can’t make, and we must get them from our diet. All nine of those are found in coconut vinegar.
6. Beauty benefits:
If you’ve followed our advice you’re already using coconut oil in your beauty routine. It’s perfect for soothing and moisturizing chapped or dry skin, and it can transform over styled hair into silky tresses once again. But it turns out coconut vinegar can have a place in your beauty routine too. It’s both antimicrobial and antibacterial, so it’s good for clear, toned skin, as well as shiny, healthy hair.
To use as a bacteria-fighting toner after cleansing your skin dip a cotton ball into the vinegar and pat your face with it. The coconut vinegar will discourage acne, and can even reportedly help calm dermatitis for some folks.
To give your hair extra silk and shine try a vinegar rinse once or twice a week. The vinegar will strip out any product build up that’s weighing your hair down, and will fight off the bacteria that can lead to a dry flaky scalp. Simply mix around one quarter cup vinegar with one quarter cup water. After shampooing apply the vinegar rinse to your hair, and allow it to sit for five to 10 minutes. Rinse with cool water, and style as usual.
Coconut vinegar will likely show up on most supermarket shelves soon. But if you’re having trouble finding it at your local grocery store check a natural food store or online. It tastes great and is great for you. Start reaping the benefits of coconut vinegar today!