Coconut can be harvested for many reasons but in this article we'd be focusing on some major health benefits of coconut milk. Mind you, coconut milk is different to coconut water. 

The latter has received a great deal of attention for its perceived health benefits, and is an important treatment for acute diarrhoea in the developing world. 

Research suggests the clear liquid has the same electrolyte balance found in isotonic drinks, proving useful for rehydration or after long periods of intensive exercise.

Unlike cow's milk, coconut milk is lactose free so can be used as a milk substitute by those with lactose intolerance. 

It is a popular choice with vegans and makes a great base for smoothies, milkshakes or as a dairy alternative in baking.

Consumption of coconut milk may help protect the body from infections and viruses.