Are your eyes irritated?
Dry eye syndrome occurs when there is an imbalance in the tear system. Symptoms can occur as a result of not enough tears or poor quality tears. Omega-3 fatty acids may help alleviate dry eye syndrome.
Symptoms may include:
• Eye redness
• Eye fatigue
• Blurred vision
• Light sensitivity
• Difficulty wearing contact lenses
You may be suffering from dry eye syndrome. Consult your eye care professional for more information.
What are omega-3 fatty acids?
- Omega-3 fatty acids are considered essential fatty acids because our bodies cannot produce them. This means that we must get them from food.
- We require omega-3 for numerous body functions, including brain and eye function.
- Foods such as fatty fish are rich in the omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA, which promote various health benefits.
- Omega-3 can also be found in plant-based foods (dark green leafy vegetables, flax, and nuts), but these do not contain EPA and DHA.
- While our body can convert the omega-3 from plant-based foods into EPA and DHA, it is a very inefficient process.
- Obtaining the health-promoting amounts of EPA and DHA from food can be challenging, so many people choose to supplement their diet.
How does omega-3 help dry eye syndrome?
- The lipid layer of the eye is affected in dry eye syndrome, which is categorized as an inflammatory condition.
Omega-3 fatty acids modify the lipid layer and have proven anti-inflammatory benefits.
- Clinical research has shown that omega-3 supplementation may be beneficial for dry eye syndrome.3, 4
A recent study showed that after 3 months of supplementation, there was a statistically significant improvement in dry eye symptoms in the group consuming omega-3 versus the placebo group.5
How much omega-3 is recommended for dry eye?
A recent review article called “Current Approaches to Dry Eye Disease” suggests 1,000–2,000 mg of fatty acids per day may be beneficial.6
What do you look for in an omega-3 product?
Potency: Check your supplement facts panel and make your choice based on the amount of EPA+DHA. Label claims for EPA+DHA are not regularly enforced. In a published study 7 over half of the fish oils tested did not meet label claims. Make sure your label claims are guaranteed by third-party testing.
Purity: Fish oil comes from fish that live in the ocean and unfortunately the ocean is not clean. Look for products that use third-party testing for contaminants to verify they are pure.
Taste: Taste equals quality. Bad taste and fishy burp back can be signs of poor quality. Look for products that taste great.
Just one teaspoon a day gives you all the omega-3 you need in a triglyceride form.
1,200 mg EPA, 300 mg DHA and 150 mg GLA per serving.
- Ascenta’s antioxidants ensure great taste from the first drop to the last.
The PureCheck program verifies potency and purity. Every lot is third-party tested with the results posted online. Visit purecheck.net for a sample report.
References: 1. Appl Physiol Nutr Metab. 2007 Aug;32(4):619–34; 2. Curr Opin Clin Nutr Metab Care. 2002 Mar;5(2):127-32; 3. Med Sci Monit. 2014 Sep 6;20:1583–9; 4. Saudi J Ophthalmol. 2014 Jul;28(3):195–7; 5. Int J. Ophthalmol 2013 Dec; 6(6): 811–6; 6. Clin Rev Allergy Immunol. 2014 Aug 1. [Current Approach to Dry Eye Disease]; 7. J Sci Food Agric. 2013 Jun;93(8):1935–9.