I have been struggling with dry eyes for several years.
Q. Dear Terry, “I have been struggling with dry eyes for several years. This is something that affects me all year long and can be quite painful sometimes. Do you know of anything that can help?” — Trisha M., Reno, NV.
A. Dear Trisha, To function normally, your eyes need constant moisture and lubrication. When moisture levels decrease, pain and discomfort often follow.
Dry eye syndrome (DES) affects millions of men and women over the age of 50. For women, DES can parallel menopause and other typical conditions of aging. For men, it generally corresponds not only with age, but also hypertension, antidepressant use, and benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH).
Having the right balance of fatty acids is truly essential to our health in many ways, and this includes healthy skin and mucous membranes. Many people are familiar with omega-3, 6, and 9 fatty acids, but did you know there is an omega-7? There are only a few sources of the rare omega-7 fatty acid, but the science on this subject is exploding. There are excellent studies demonstrating the ability of omega-7, when taken internally, to reduce the dryness of the eyes.
The omega-7 I recommend comes from sea buckthorn. The seed, pulp, and skin of the berry are packed with over 200 nutrients, including antioxidant tocopherols, beta-carotene, phytosterols, and omega fatty acids. Omega-7 comprises about 50% of the sea buckthorn berry’s fatty acid content, making it one of the most valuable nutrient sources of palmitoleic acid you can find. However, not all sea buckthorn products contain omega-7 fatty acids. That’s because omega-7 is found only in the pulp of the berry, not the seed oil.
I would suggest taking 500-2,000 mg daily of a sea buckthorn product that contains BOTH the seed oil and pulp. Also, look for a product that has clinical studies so you know it is safe and effective.
Terry . . . Naturally