My eyes have become very dry and even painful.
Q. Dear Terry, “I stare at a computer all day at work. My eyes have become very dry and even painful. I’ve tried eye drops, but they only provide temporary relief. What should I do?” — Kim P., Danville, VA
A. Dear Kim, To function normally, your eyes need constant moisture and lubrication. When moisture levels decrease, pain and discomfort often follow.
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 sea buckthorn that contains BOTH the seed oil and pulp three times daily. Also, look for a product that has clinical studies so you know it is safe and effective.
Terry . . . Naturally