Kochi: Apart from other beneficial qualities, it has been found that coconut water is one of the best source of nutrients for pregnant women.
The Coconut Development Board (CDB) said that coconut water consumption during pregnancy helps to maintain the daily required levels of fluids and electrolytes in the body.
"Coconut water is rich in electrolytes, chlorides, magnesium, calcium, riboflavin and vitamin C besides containing moderate amounts of sugar, sodium and protein," said the CDB.
CDB also pointed out that having coconut water in the first trimester helps to counter morning sickness, constipation, prevents dehydration besides improves immunity and relives fatigue.
"A pregnant woman's body requires more fluids to replenish the needs of an unborn baby. It also helps to increase the volume of the blood in the body and prevents urinary tract infections and lowers high blood pressure," the CDB added. (IANS)