Coconut Oil Cataracts: The Oil is Good and the Water Even Better

Coconut oil for cataracts? 92% saturated coconut oil is so stable and highly resistant to oxidation that it acts as a powerful antioxidant.

No one knows for sure why the eye’s lens changes as we age, forming cataracts. But a growing number of eye care practitioners believe that a diet high in antioxidants may avert cataract development.

Coconut water or juice acts as an antioxidant, too! Sorry for sharing your glory, almighty coconut oil. It’s just that coconut water is known to hunt down many types of destructive free radicals and protect hemoglobin in the blood from nitrite-induced oxidation.

Coconut juice is also used in a traditional method for treating cataracts. Using an eyedropper, apply several drops of FRESH coconut juice into both eyes. Then lie down and put a warm wet (but not dripping wet) washcloth over the eyes for ten minutes or so.

People have had positive results with this procedure. I have no doubt that the antioxidant effect of coconut water has something to do with it. After all, cataracts are apparently caused by oxidation. Oh and yes, it is safe to put on the eye.

Water from an unopened coconut is free from bacteria, fungi or other pathogens. Its electrolyte profile is similar to human plasma. Doctors have often used it as intravenous or IV solutions.

Just remember that what we are talking about here is the water from a young coconut, not the mature one, ok. And it has to be real fresh.

Not that the mature type is dangerous, worthless or anything like that. The anti-cataract effects are simply most significant when the young variety is used.

Of course, don’t forget to consume the coconut oil maintenance dosage for good measure.


Mantena, S. K., et al. In vitro evaluation of antioxidant properties of Cocos nucifera Linn. water. Nahrung 2003;47(2):126-131.
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