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How Does Coconut Oil Prevent Damage To Our Eyes

There is a lot of buzz about coconut oil and how it relates to your health, but what you don’t hear much about is how it helps to improve our eye health and prevent damage caused to our eyesight from blue light absorption.

Some will say you need to consume 2 Tbsp every day to improve your health. Then you hear from others that it will cause heart disease and it isn’t healthy because of all saturated fat.

So where is the truth?

The TRUTH About Coconut Oil

We do know coconut oil is made up primarily of saturated fat. Almost 90 percent of coconut oil is saturated fat.

This is why mainstream news outlets will tell you that saturated fat is not something you should consume when you want to have a healthier heart. The truth is the saturated fat found in coconut oil is actually healthy and beneficial!

Here is how this is possible…

It is because the fat that in coconut oil is primarily lauric acid. Lauric acid is a medium-chain triglyceride.

Lauric acid doesn’t normally get stored in your body. As a medium-chain triglyceride it is used by the liver and used for energy instead of getting stored in your body. Another benefit of consuming coconut oil is that it is good for your heart.

We know it is important to keep our cholesterol and triglyceride levels low. If we don’t keep these in check we increase our risk of heart disease. Researchers and scientists have linked coconut oil to a lower risk of heart disease and have also shown improvements in cholesterol levels.

The benefits of coconut oils expand beyond your heart though.

Coconut oil is also beneficial for our eyes…

Coconut oil contains lutein a naturally occurring carotenoid. Our bodies absorb it as an antioxidant and protect against the damage caused by blue light absorption.

Coconut oil improves the absorption of lutein into our bodies by 150% when compared to the control in research studies.

Researchers tell us that these findings can go a long way to protecting our eyes against the progression of age-related macular degeneration and cataracts.

Which Type Of Coconut Oil Is Best?

The BEST kind of coconut oil to reap all the health benefits is extra virgin or virgin coconut oil. These two forms contain the most antioxidants, polyphenols, and heart health benefits.

These antioxidants and polyphenols help to fight off free radical damage within your body and lower inflammation.

Extra virgin and virgin do have a stronger coconut flavor though.

Olive oil for eye health

If you don’t like or want the coconut flavor you can also use refined coconut oil that still provides the medium-chain triglyceride lauric acid and some of the antioxidants such as lutein for your eyes. You just don’t get as much of the antioxidants and polyphenols to lower inflammation, fight off the free radicals or protect your eyes as much.

There are a lot of oils that are beneficial for your eyes including olive oil, but coconut oil is up at the top as well because of all its health benefits.

If you are looking for additional ways to protect your eyes and just can’t seem to figure out how to include all these foods into your diet then a smart supplementation plan is an alternative.

I have formulated a solution for my patients as a doctor of ophthalmology to help them better protect their eyes and reduce their chance of ending up on my operating table fixing the damage to their eyes.

Be sure to share this article with your family and friends and reinforce the need to use coconut oil every day!

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