Dry Eyes

Lack Fatty Acids

Dry Eyes, Healthy Living Magazine, Beauty

Dry Eyes, Healthy Living Magazine, Beauty

Winter takes its toll on eyes. Dry air in the home and workplace, using cold medicines and cough syrup to treat one of the one billion colds each year in the US, working in front of a computer or enjoying a marathon of favorite movies on a cozy night at home will cause eye strain.

Enjoying skiing or snowboarding and more outside adventures also strains and dries the eyes due to the sun glare from the snow.

Any of these situations seem even worse for the 38 million people in America who wear contact lenses. That’s because most cold medicines dry out mucosal membranes in the nose, throat and eyes. So, while there is symptom relief, one’s eyes feel irritated and fatigued. And even though the contacts help people feel a bit more outdoor-ready, combined with sun and snow glare, the eyes will certainly feel dry and sore.

Eye drops to replenish moisture work temporarily from the outside but a complete sea buckthorn extract that includes omega-7 fatty acids can do the same from the inside.

That’s because sea buckthorn (Hippophaë rhamnoides) provides over 200 phytochemicals including vitamins, antioxidants and plant sterols. It also includes a wealth of essential fatty acids including omega-3, 6, 9, and the tougher-to-find omega- 7s that are almost identical to human sebum and are adept at restoring mucosal membrane integrity.

These symphonic phytochemicals combined keep skin and mucous membranes and the tear film of the eyes moist.

When people have dry eyes, one of two things is happening: either they can’t produce enough tears or moisture to keep the eyes from feeling dry (called an “aqueous deficient” dry eye), or eye moisture levels start off normal but the tear film isn’t healthy enough to prevent the eyes from drying out (known as an “evaporative” dry eye).

Either condition can easily happen in the winter. Both make one uncomfortable. But the complete sea buckthorn I recommend, a clinically studied botanical called SBA24®, can make a difference.

People with healthy eyes have higher levels of certain fatty acids in their tears than people who suffer from dry eyes. Fatty acids—and a healthy fatty acid balance—also help build tears that lubricate the eye and prevent moisture loss. Restoring that balance is what the sea buckthorn extract, SBA24®, does best.

In a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled clinical study using SBA24® 100 men and women aged 20 to 75 who were experiencing dry eyes (half of whom wore contact lenses) were given either sea buckthorn or a lookalike placebo.

After three months, the redness and burning associated with dry eyes was lower in the sea buckthorn versus the placebo group. In similar studies, those persons using sea buckthorn had a much better fatty acid composition of their tear film than those in the placebo groups.

The fatty acids in this extract help keep cellular structures healthy and strong. Without these good fats on board, people are much more likely to suffer from dry eyes and a host of other health issues, including digestive problems, vaginal dryness, irritated skin and more.

One thing to note, however, is that 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. However, the seed oil is rich in essential alphalinolenic, linoleic and omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Both the pulp and the seed oil supply high levels of natural vitamin E (tocopherols and tocotrienols) and plant sterols along with the omega-7 fatty acid.

Because the stress of winter living, dry indoor air, and cough and cold medicines cause a strain on natural balance of fatty acids, the occurrence of dry eyes during the season is very common. SBA24® found in Omega7® Eye Relief™ is the complete sea buckthorn extract for dry eye relief and much more.

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