What may cause dry mouth symptoms?
Q. Dear Terry, “What may cause dry mouth symptoms? We've been to an allergy specialist and general practitioner, but have not been able to find any relief. Help!” — Linda G., Tannersville, PA
A. Dear Linda, A number of things can cause dry mouth, including: prescription medications, medical conditions, dehydration, or lifestyle factors (drinking coffee, tea or soda, as well as being a mouth breather).
When it comes to dry mouth, 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 500-1,000 mg of sea buckthorn twice 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.
Terry . . . Naturally