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I have been dealing with a dry mouth for a couple of months now.


Q. Dear Terry, "I have been dealing with a dry mouth for a couple of months now. I can’t seem to make enough saliva and I find that I'm constantly licking my lips. Is there anything I can take for this?" — Josie M., Charlotte, NC

A. Dear Josie, Dry mouth can be greatly improved with omega-7 fatty acids. I recommend trying sea buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides) oil. The fruit of the sea buckthorn, a hardy plant native to Europe and Asia, has been called a “nutrient bomb” because it is so rich in flavonoids, vitamins, and other beneficial compounds. The seeds contain exceptionally high omega fatty acids, including the rare omega-7 fatty acid (palmitoleic acid). There are excellent studies demonstrating the ability of sea buckthorn oil, when taken internally, to reduce excessive mucous membrane dryness.

I would suggest starting with 2,000 mg of sea buckthorn daily, but you can adjust the dosage as time goes on. When looking for a sea buckthorn product, make sure it contains BOTH the seed oil and pulp. While both extracts are healthy, only the pulp contains omega-7. Believe it or not, there are sea buckthorn products on the market that contain absolutely no omega-7 fatty acids! So this is definitely a case of buyer beware.

Healthy Regards! 

Terry . . . Naturally

 

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