Coconut is one of the most useful trees in the world and is often referred to as the “tree of life”. It provides food, fuel, cosmetics, folk medicine and building materials, among many other uses. The inner flesh of the mature seed, as well as the coconut milk extracted from it, form a regular part of the diets of many people in the tropics and subtropics(Wikipedia).
Aside the many benefits derived from the coconut fruit like the coconut milk, coconut water and coconut oil all have nutritional values that the body needs for growth and development.
We all know how healthy coconut is especially with the water, it used for various health reasons including hypertension, Diabetes, diarrhea, low blood sugar etc but did you also know that the part that we throw away just like that also have medicinal benefits?
What may seem like trash for both sellers and buyers of coconut husk is surprisingly capable of curing many diseases we least expected. In Ghana and some other parts of the world, coconut sellers face the challenge of where to depose off their coconut husk, due to this, some have resorted to disposing of them at any place they get the chance at night
Dr. Michael Kofi Darko, Chief Executive Officer of Agadarko New Life Clinic in a TV interview lists some health benefits derived from drinking coconut husk tea which everyone can easily make at home and at the office.
How Coconut Husk Tea Is Made.
1. Tear the coconut husk into pieces and place them in a cup.
2. Boil one cup of water and pour it onto the husk.
3. Allow the husk to soak for about 15 minutes.
4. Your husk tea is ready for consumption.
Drink before meals once or twice daily.
Coconut husk tea cures the following diseases.
1. Kidney stones while protecting the kidney.
5. AL forms of ulcers
6. Stops the work of bad bacteria in the system.
In a reseach paper i read on Reseach Gate, an experiment was conducted on rats using boiled coconut husk and the effect was amazing.
In the research, The anti-diabetic properties of Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Husk were investigated in a group of 21 alloxan-induced diabetic rats (n=7). Group I was the control group, and groups II and III were the experimental groups. The rats were given 150 mg/kg alloxan intraperitoneally to make them diabetic. Cooking the husk in boiling water for 45 minutes over a gas stove flame at 100 degrees Celsius yielded the extract, which was then filtered out and used as the tea for the experiment.
The rats were given 2 ml of 0.9 percent (normal) saline daily, 2 ml of coconut husk tea only daily, 1g of Daonil and 4g of Mephomine daily via Oro-gastric tube, and random blood sugar levels were monitored daily. A computerized electronic weighing scale was used to monitor the rats’ weights on a regular basis.
The animals were killed at the end of the tests, and the pancreas was extracted and histopathology slides were created. Blood glucose levels in diabetic rats were considerably decreased (p 0.05) after ingestion of the extracts and medications, with the Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Husk extract having the highest impact.
The rats given the extracts (coconut husk tea) and those given Daonil and Metformine had the same regeneration capacity in the histopathological investigation. In alloxan-induced diabetes, cocos nucifera (coconut) husk tea was found to have substantial hypoglycemic and anti-diabetic benefits.
This impact is equivalent to the combination of Daonil and Metformine, suggesting that it might be a useful adjuvant in the treatment of diabetic mellitus.
As a result of the experiment on the rats, it was sugguest by the paper that such a research should be conducted in a human host. Read full paper here
Disclamer: The information provided are purely for educational purposes, Readers are adviced to visit their doctors when not feeling well.