Skip to content

How coconut water can affect Ovulation: Benefits and Risks

Coconut water for ovulation

Curious about the impact of coconut water on ovulation, especially during your period? Coconut water is that clear liquid found inside of a coconut. It acts as an electrolyte n the body and it’s rich in certain minerals such as potassium, sodium, and magnesium, and has several health benefits, including improving ovulation. Ovulation is the release of an egg from the ovary which usually happens about 14 days before the start of a woman’s period. The released egg travels down the fallopian tube and into the uterus, where it can be fertilized by a sperm. If the egg is not fertilized, it will eventually break down and be released from the body as menstrual blood. It is a necessary step for conception to occur. In this post, we shall explore the benefits and impact of drinking coconut water for ovulation.

PICKS: Does Drinking Clove Water During Periods Improve Ovulation? Find Out

Nutrients In Coconut Water

The nutrient value of 1 cup of coconut at 240g
Nutrient Amount Unit
Water 228 g
Energy 45.6 kcal
Energy 190 kJ
Protein 1.73 g
Total lipid (fat) 0.48 g
Ash 0.936 g
Carbohydrates, by difference of 8.9 g
Fiber, total dietary 2.64 g
Sugars, total including NLEA 6.26 g
Calcium, Ca 57.6 mg
Iron, Fe 0.696 mg
Magnesium, Mg 60 mg
Phosphorus, P 48 mg
Potassium, K 600 mg
Sodium, Na 252 mg
Zinc, Zn 0.24 mg
Copper, Cu 0.096 mg
Manganese, Mn 0.341 mg
Selenium, Se 2.4 µg
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid 5.76 mg
Thiamin 0.072 mg
Riboflavin 0.137 mg
Niacin 0.192 mg
Pantothenic acid 0.103 mg
Vitamin B-6 0.077 mg
Folate, food 7.2 µg
Folate, DFE 7.2 µg
Choline, total 2.64 mg
Fatty acids, total saturated 0.422 g
Fatty acids, total monounsaturated 0.019 g
Fatty acids, total polyunsaturated 0.005 g
Tryptophan 0.019 g
Threonine 0.062 g
Isoleucine 0.067 g
Leucine 0.127 g
Lysine 0.077 g
Methionine 0.031 g
Cystine 0.034 g
Phenylalanine 0.089 g
Tyrosine 0.053 g
Valine 0.106 g
Arginine 0.283 g
Histidine 0.041 g
Alanine 0.089 g
Aspartic acid 0.168 g
Glutamic acid 0.396 g
Glycine 0.082 g
Proline 0.072 g
Serine 0.089 g
Source: USDA

PICKS: Cooked Or Raw Ewedu Leaves During Pregnancy Better? Here are the Benefits and sides effects

Coconut Water effects on Ovulation

Are you thinking of drinking coconut water for ovulation? Coconut water may impact women’s ovulation in the following ways.

Maintains a balance in body fluids

Drinking coconut water can promote the balance of body fluids which is essential during ovulation when the body loses a lot of fluids through the female genitalia. As a good source of electrolytes, coconut water can help maintain a healthy balance of fluids in the body and in return improve ovulation.

Lowers the impact of oxidative stress

Several scientific studies have linked oxidative stress with decreased female fertility [2, 3]. There is also evidence that chronic oxidative stress can damage sperm cells, alter cell DNA and decrease egg quality [4, 5]. However, one of the ways to counter the impact of oxidative stress is a regular intake of antioxidants-rich food [6] and drinks.

Drinks like coconut water have been found to have a high amount of antioxidants [ 7, 8], and contain several vitamins that can help reduce the impact of oxidative stress [9]. This means drinking this antioxidant-rich coconut water may help to improve fertility by protecting the ovaries from oxidative damage [10].

May boost egg production in women

Coconut water contains cytokinins [11, 12, 13], which are plant hormones that have been shown to promote cell division and growth. This may be beneficial for ovulation, as it can help to increase the number of eggs that are released each month [14].

May protect against viral infection of the ovaries

Coconut water contains shikimic acid [15] which possesses antibacterial, antioxidant, and antiviral properties [16].

The ovaries are female reproductive glands responsible for the production of gametes (oocytes) and other reproductive hormones, but when infected, progesterone production and chances of pregnancy are compromised [17].

According to one animal study on rat models, coconut water may provide a natural way to preserve the spleen and the ovary from damage and also improve fertility [18, 19, 20].

May Improve liver functions

Studies have found that coconut water may protect the liver from damage caused by toxins. Research shows that Coconut water may help prevent kidney and liver damage and protects against toxic liver injury [21, 22].

PICKS: 14 Scientifically Proven Herbs for PCOS and Fertility You Can Incorporate Into Your Diet

What Is The Link Between the Liver And Ovulation?

The role of the liver in the regulation of fertility is well rooted in phylogenesis, the liver controls reproduction by providing the gonads with the nutrients essential for the maturation of the oocyte.

According to recent findings, the liver plays an important role in integrating metabolic and reproductive functions, which is achieved by activating estrogen receptor alpha (ERα) in the liver, and amino acids help to ensure that the body has a sufficient supply of insulin-like growth factor (IGF-1) for growth and development, as well as for reproduction [23]. More clearly:

• The liver is important for reproduction because it provides the gonads with nutrients.

• Estrogen receptors are receptors that bind to estrogen and regulate gene expression.

• Estrogen Receptor αlpha (ERα) is a type of estrogen receptor that is important for reproduction and can be activated by amino acids (AAs) in the absence of estrogen.

• This activation of ERα is necessary for the production of IGF-1 — a hormone in the body that is important for growth and development, and it is also involved in reproduction.


How much coconut water should you drink to improve ovulation?

There is no scientific consensus on the amount of coconut water that you need to drink to improve ovulation. Some studies have suggested drinking 1-2 cups per day, while others have not found any significant effects with several.

Risk of drinking coconut water for ovulation

Currently, there are no known risks to drinking coconut water for ovulation. However, it is recommended to drink it in moderation, as much of it may cause diarrhea and other side effects.

Drinking coconut water benefits

1. You may become more hydrated: Coconut water is a good source of electrolytes, which can help to keep you hydrated.

2. Increases energy: It may make you feel more energized because of its natural sugar content which can give you a boost of energy.

3. It is healthy: coconut water is a good source of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. These nutrients can help to boost your immune system, improve your digestion, and protect your cells from damage.

Final thought

Drinking coconut water can not help you get pregnant, as there is no scientific evidence to suggest that it can directly improve ovulation. But it may improve your chances of getting pregnant since its rich antioxidant properties improve female egg quality and protect them from oxidative damage. However, more research is needed to confirm the effects of coconut water on ovulation.

Discover more from Fertilitylens

Subscribe to get the latest posts to your email.


High-quality, Reliable & Backed By Science

At Fertilitylens, we’re dedicated to providing you with high-quality, evidence-based and well curated recipes for health and fertility, to ensure the general well-being of our audience

Discover more from Fertilitylens

Subscribe now to keep reading and get access to the full archive.

Continue reading