Nutrient Bomb For Dry Eyes

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Nutrient Bomb

Nutrient Bomb

4.68 m- number of men and women with dry eye syndrome

MEIBOMIAN is glands' name at edge of eyelid that produce tears

200- minimum number of nutrients derived from sea buckthorn

Sea buckthorn has been called a “nutrient bomb” because the seed, pulp and skin of the berry are packed with more than 200 nutrients, including carotenoids, tocopherols and essential fatty acids. One of these fatty acids is omega-7 , found in all human tissue, which helps regulate fat burning, oxidation and moisturizes mucous membranes.

Aside from aging there are many reasons for dry eyes—computer use, contact lenses, working outside, over-the- counter medicines (like antihistamines for allergies), or imbalances of essential fatty acids.

Over-the- counter and prescription eye drops and “artificial tears” do not address the problem and are not a long-term solution. For that nutrients must be working from the inside.

While the causes of dry eyes can vary, the basic mechanics generally boil down to two types: an “aqueous deficient” form of dry eye, in which someone simply doesn’t produce enough tears or moisture to keep the eyes from feeling dry; and an “evaporative” dry eye, where the amount of moisture starts off normal, but the composition of the tear film layer is not stable or healthy enough to prevent the eyes from drying out.

A clinically studied extract from sea buckthorn (Hippophaë rhamnoides) called SBA 24® can change that. Sea buckthorn has been called a “nutrient bomb” because the seed, pulp and skin of the berry are packed with more than 200 nutrients, including carotenoids, tocopherols and essential fatty acids. One of these fatty acids is omega-7, found in all human tissue, which helps regulate fat burning and oxidation and moisturize mucous membranes.

A double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled clinical study was conducted on 100 men and women aged 20 to 75 who were experiencing dry eyes, half of them using contact lenses which are a common irritant. For three months, half of the participants took doses of the SBA 24® extract in the morning and evening. Throughout the study, the participants kept a log of symptoms and clinical tests, including eye exams and fatty acid analyses of the tear film.

The redness and burning sensations in the sea buckthorn group were lower compared to the placebo group, and, in similar studies, those using sea buckthorn also had a much better fatty acid composition of their tear film than those in the placebo groups.

So why does it work so well for dry eyes? The researchers, after using the SBA 24® sea buckthorn extract, believe that the reduction of inflammation is critical because this inflammation tends to dry out the eyes—and keep them dry. Other research shows that the omega fatty acids in this sea buckthorn extract work together to reduce inflammation and boost tear secretion at the same time. Fatty acids—and a healthy fatty acid balance—also help build the composition of tear film, produced by the meibomian glands at the edges of the eyelids. The lipid content of that film is what helps prevent water and moisture loss from the eyes, so it’s an important factor in dry eye syndrome and other conditions of eye dryness. In fact, there is a reported difference in the fatty acid composition in the tears of people with healthy eyes compared to those suffering from dry eyes.

But most people don’t get a healthy balance of omega fatty acids through diet alone, which is why supplementation is essential. It is probable that sea buckthorn extracts will become one of the more popular supplements. Omega 7® Eye Relief™ is one such supplement.

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 alpha-linolenic and linoleic fatty acids for beneficial omega-3 and omega-6. 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.

Omega-7® Eye Relief™ with SBA 24® has the advantage of including both seed oil and pulp extract so that sufferers can get the full benefits of the natural plant.

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