coconut water for hangovers

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Is Coconut Water Good For Hangovers?

Afterdrink Author Kathy Caldwell
Kathy Caldwell


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Is coconut water good for hangovers? It’s surprisingly a common question with a not so simple answer.

There’s a lot of hype around coconut water with its many perceived health benefits as well as being a trendy health drink. Off the back of this, there are now several coconut water-based brands that have built huge marketing campaigns to promote coconut water for an array of ailments.

We’re all looking for an elusive hangover cure and most people have tried every trick in the book to no avail. Is coconut water the answer to your hangover woes?

In this article, we’re going to take a detailed look at coconut water and its nutritional benefit. Then we’ll focus on the big question about whether coconut water is good for hangovers or not.

Table of contents

What’s in coconut water?

94% of coconut water is made up of water and a typical coconut produces around 1 cup which contains the following nutrients:

Calories: 46
Carbs: 9 grams
Fiber: 3 grams
Protein: 2 grams
Vitamin C: 10% of the RD
Magnesium: 15% of the RD
Manganese: 17% of the RD
Potassium: 17% of the RD
Sodium: 11% of the RD
Calcium: 6% of the RD

RD means the “recommended daily” intake of said nutrients.

So we can see that coconut water has a decent amount of essential vitamins and minerals as well as a small number of calories which isn’t a problem.

It’s important to note that these values are from your average natural coconut. That means the coconut-based drinks you buy from your local store may contain very different amounts of these nutrients.

Some will have added vitamins and minerals and others will contain a lot more sugar to make their drinks tastier, so it’s always good to look at the label to check.

Natural coconut water is made up of 94% water and a small amount of vitamins and minerals

Is coconut water good for hangovers?

To see whether coconut water is for hangovers, we first need to go over the causes of a hangover in the first place.

The science behind the causes of a hangover is complicated, but it can be simplified into damage caused by dehydration and the toxic by-products of alcohol metabolism.

Firstly, alcohol is a diuretic which means it makes your kidneys flush out more water. As a result, you get a net loss of fluid and dehydration if you’ve had a few too many at happy hour.

Secondly, alcohol is metabolized by your liver to produce by-products such as acetaldehyde which are known to be toxic. These volatile substances readily break down to form free-radicals which react and cause damage to the cells they come into contact with.

Thirdly, congeners in darker colored drinks such as methanol, tannins, and esters are also thought to play a major role in promoting inflammation and causing hangover symptoms. You can read more about this in our article on congeners.

Now that we’ve covered some of the basics around the causes of a hangover and the ingredients in coconut water, we can see if any are good for a hangover.

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Magnesium and manganese

Firstly, alcohol is known to deplete magnesium stores. As mentioned before, alcohol is a diuretic that makes you produce more urine.

Along with the loss of extra water from urine, essential minerals like magnesium and manganese can also be lost. Coconut water is a decent source of these minerals can, therefore, replace some of what’s lost.

Vitamin C

We all know about vitamin C being important to maintaining normal immune function and connective tissue health, however, this vitamin is also an antioxidant.

Antioxidants support your natural defenses against oxidative damage by neutralizing free-radicals. You can read more about this in our article about vitamin c for hangovers.


The most obvious benefit of coconut water for a hangover is its water content. It’s a tasty way to rehydrate when hungover.

In summary: Coconut water is a tasty drink that has several nutrients that could support your body during periods of overindulgence. That said it’s unlikely to have a big impact on your hangover and it’s certainly not a cure.

When should I drink coconut water for hangovers?

Although coconut water is unlikely to have any real impact on your hangovers, you may want to drink it anyway.

Most people will drink coconut water in the morning when their hangover has already taken hold. Although it’s not a problem doing so, it’s probably not the best way to do it.

The reason is, overnight, the dehydration caused by alcohol can take its toll on your body. Trying to rehydrate before the damage is done is more beneficial.

Therefore, if coconut water is going to have any benefit for your hangover, it’s probably going to be at the end of your night when you’re trying to rehydrate.

Is coconut water a hangover cure?

A true hangover cure is something that you take which magically gets rid of your hangover.

Unfortunately, this doesn’t exist and coconut water definitely isn’t a cure. The only real way to reliably cure a hangover is not to drink in the first place.

There’s no evidence that coconut water is a hangover cure, however, it’s a good drink to help you rehydrate.

Are there any negatives?

Seeing as it’s made up mainly of water and a small amount of sugar and minerals, there really isn’t anything in coconut water that can be bad for hangovers.

In general, coconut water is healthy and natural if you’re drinking it straight from a coconut.

Otherwise, it totally depends on which brand you end up purchasing. As mentioned earlier, some brands will use a lot of sugar which will make this drink far less healthy.

Anything else to consider?

Hangovers are a sign from your body that you’ve been drinking more than your body can handle. Trying to cure your hangover by drinking coconut water is the wrong approach.

Drinking within your limits, eating before you go out, and keeping well hydrated is all it takes to prevent you from waking up with a hangover.

    Coconut water for hangovers – Final verdict

    That brings us to the end of our look into whether coconut water is good for hangovers or not.

    We’ve walked you through some of the causes of a hangover, as well as nutrients in coconut water that could be beneficial. Drinking coconut water is a great way to rehydrate and contains several essential nutrients.

    That being said, at the end of the day, the overall number of vitamins and minerals in a cup of coconut water is minimal. Therefore, you should see it more as a healthy drink rather than a “hangover cure”.

    If you’re interested in this topic, check out our article on the best hangover cure drinks.

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