Researchers have just discovered that green coconut water contains natural peptides which potently kill human cancer cells in vitro. Incredibly, these peptides were observed to actually pierce the cell membrane of the cancer cells, get inside and attack key targets which crippled and killed over 50% of the cancer cells (glioma in this case). Peptides are nature’s version of nano-based medicine: they are tiny protein particles usually made up of just 10-100 amino acids, but have remarkably specialized properties ranging from killing bacteria, yeast and/or viruses, boosting our immune systems, acting as antioxidants, and even reducing inflammation. Many natural foods have bioactive peptides as part of their own defense systems, and these peptides often carry major health benefits to humans--coconut water just being one example. Importantly, high levels of bio-active peptides are found in fermented foods such as yogurt, cheese, and miso—which may explain their ability to reduce cancer risk (as shown in recent large studies). As for the coconut water—it’s nice to know that we have yet another reason to enjoy this delicious, low calorie and healthy drink which has double the alkalizing power of pure lemon juice but just half the calories. So, drink up!