Sea Buckthorn & Dry Eye

Dry Eye Symptoms

Our eyes have a lubrication system that can be put out of balance by either internal or external factors. When people suffer from dry eye, they may experience some of the following symptoms:
  • Dry, red eyes
  • Light sensitivity or blurry vision
  • Feeling like a foreign object is in the eye/ gritty feeling
  • Extra tears rolling out of eyes (the body overcompensating)

Alternative Treatment

One major complaint of dry eye sufferers is that it's not easy to quell the discomfort and dryness. Eye drops are the number one treatment but they don’t provide long term relief. There are many causes for dry eye, so people suffering from it often find it difficult to find a solution. Some people even have to turn to surgical treatments to find relief.

 

Recent Studies Concerning Dry Eye

Researchers have revealed that the oil from sea buckthorn which is rich with proanthocyanidins- are amazing for protecting different structures within the eye, combating dry eye. Proanthocyanidins are a kind of Polyphenol. Polyphenols are important micronutrients that we must get through our diet. The long term health of your eyes could be benefited by sea buckthorn oils- particularly the seed oil.

Omega-7, which can be found in the berry oil, may help to nourish the cells on a cellular level. Nourished cells perform better at the jobs they are meant to do, which could help people with dry eyes.

 

Nutrients in sea buckthorn oil may help support dry eyes

 

In some cases, inflammatory issues can lead to dry eye- as is seen in Sjogren’s syndrome patients. Other components found within the oil may support healthy inflammation response, especially in the eyes. Researchers from the University of Finland found that carotenoids and tocopherols in the oil may also have a positive effect.

Application

We do not suggest putting sea buckthorn oils directly in the eye. Putting oil in your eye may cause irritation or make it difficult to see. Taking sea buckthorn as an oral supplement is the best way to nourish your body from the inside out. Since both the seed and berry oils have beneficial properties, we recommend taking both kinds whenever possible.

You can choose either the Omega-7 Complete capsules or the DIY Drop in Kit for those who are vegan or have a hard time swallowing capsules. The dosage for the Omega-7 Complete capsules is 2 per day. You will need 18 drops of both the seed and berry oil with the DIY Drop in Kit. Be sure to give yourself at least a month of taking the oils internally for best results.

         

References:

"Effects of Oral Sea Buckthorn Oil on Tear Film Fatty Acids in Individuals with Dry Eye." Cornea, September 30, 2011, 1013-019. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21832964. http://www.nutraingredients-usa.com/Research/Sea-buckthorn-compounds-show-eye-health-support

 

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