My eyes have been dry and irritated for as far back as I can remember.
Q. Dear Terry, “My eyes have been dry and irritated for as far back as I can remember. I know my seasonal allergies and working at a computer are contributing to this problem. I don’t want to be dependent on eye drops all the time. What are some other ways I can improve my eye dryness?”– Gary L., Tulsa, OK
A. Dear Gary, To function normally, our eyes need constant moisture and lubrication. Factors like being at a computer all day, working outside, wind, dust, allergies, and certain prescription medications can all cause irritation and dryness. When moisture levels decrease, pain and discomfort can 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? In nature, there are only a few sources of the rare, omega-7 fatty acid, and the science on this subject is exploding. There are excellent studies demonstrating the ability of omega-7, when taken internally, to reduce eye dryness.
The omega-7 I recommend comes from a plant called sea buckthorn. The seed, pulp, and skin of the sea buckthorn 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