We tested Zico Coconut Water and Trade Joes Coconut water to see if these super drinks have anti-oxidant properties. What we found is surprising.
We used two ORP meters to measure each coconut water.
In the world that surrounds us, we do not see it, but there is a continuous exchange of electrons that takes place between substances in the air, in the earth, in water, and in our bodies. This phenomenon is known as ion exchange.
In an effort to reach a state of stability, substances that are lacking electrons are desperately seeking out electrons wherever they can: these substances are referred to as oxidizing agents. On the contrary, substances which have a surplus of electrons are capable of donating their extra electrons: these substances are referred to as reducing agents, or anti-oxidizing agents.
Oxidation-reduction potential, or ORP, is a measurement that indicates the degree to which a substance is capable of oxidizing or reducing another substance. ORP is measured in millivolts (mv) using an ORP meter.
A positive ORP reading indicates that a substance is an oxidizing agent. The higher the reading, the more oxidizing it is. As such, a substance with an ORP reading of +400 mv is 4 times more oxidizing than a substance with an ORP reading of +100 mv.
A negative ORP reading indicates that a substance is a reducing agent. The lower the reading, the more anti-oxidizing it is. As such, a substance with an ORP reading of -400 mv is 4 times more anti-oxidizing than a substance with an ORP reading of -100 mv.
We found these readings:
Zico Coconut Water is a free radical at +194 and Trader Joes is a free radical at +108. It’s also important to note that Trader Joes Coconut Water is acidic at 6.59 pH.
We added Travel Water drops to each of the coconut waters and we noted the following readings:
Zico Coconut Water at -084 ORP and Trader Joes Coconut Water at 39+ ORP a significant reduction in free radicals.