Recent studies have shown that ‘Neera ‘, a product extracted
from the inflorescence of the coconut palm is beneficial for liver health and
curing liver disorders. It is the unfermented sweet juice or sap obtained by
tapping the unopened inflorescence of the coconut palm. Once fermented, the
extract becomes toddy.
The research was conducted in Indian Institute of Science,
Bangalore which is an important scientific research institution in Asia. During
the experimental period, the researchers were able to completely cure liver
complaints caused by alcohol intake.
A toxic substance called acetaldehyde is accumulated in the
liver. The cause of this accumulation is mainly due to alcohol consumption. It
has been proved that Neera possesses the ability to remove this toxic substance
from the liver. Research has also proved
that consumption of Neera can improve the normal functioning of the liver.
Other Health Benefits of Neera
Several health benefits has also been shown in the previous
studies of Neera. This cool drink has high nutritive value and medicinal
properties and is good for improving general health. It is rich in
carbohydrates, mostly sucrose and has a neutral PH value. It is also a rich source
of amino acids, vitamins, antioxidants, calcium and iron. It can also be used
as a supplement to those with iron and vitamin deficiency.
Coconut palm inflorescence sap (Neera) has medical
applications for asthma, anemia and leprosy and has been reported to improve
appetite and digestion.
Neera helps to reduce high cholesterol. It has a very low
glycemic index, so this sweet drink can be recommended even for diabetic
people.It contains high amount of glutamic acid (glutamate) which is the amino
acid used by the body to build protein. This amino acid is the most common
neuro transmitter in the nervous system. It also contains the vitamin inositol,
which functions in nerve transmission, regulation of enzyme activity and
transportation of fats within the body.
It contains high amount of glutamic acid (glutamate) which
is the amino acid used by the body to build protein. This amino acid is the
most common neuro transmitter in the nervous system.
It contains the vitamin inositol, which functions in nerve
transmission, regulation of enzyme activity and transportation of fats within
The drink is popular due to its high nutritional value,
taste and flavor. This extract is processed and preserved in its natural form
using the technologies developed by various research institutes. Neera is
widely consumed in India, Sri Lanka, Africa, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, and
Myanmar which are countries popular for coconut farming.
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