In order to promote optimum health for the eyelids, we need to look at some dietary supplements. Now this is not the sort of thing that you’re going to be on for a couple weeks and then done. This is the kind of supplementation that you’ll need to be on as part of your ongoing management of dry eye. You’ll find that it will take at least six to eight weeks before you see the full effects of taking dietary supplements for your eyelids and your tear film.
The supplement that you need to be taking is omega three fatty acids. They are widely available in health food stores, pharmacies and some optometrists. They contain is a fatty acid called omega three which is particularly important in the body for reducing inflammation. Inflammation is a crucial part of the dry eye problem.
With a huge amount of choice which product should you take? You can go into any health food store and pick up a nice big bottle of omega three fatty acids for about 20 bucks. As you might suspect quality varies so what should you look out for?
Most cheaper omega 3 comes in the synthetic ethyl ester form. This is not as well absorbed by the body as the more expensive triglyceride form. If it is in the triglyceride form is will say “TG” on the bottle contents.
You will need to take about 2000mg to 3000mg of the active ingredient per day. The active ingredient is EPA and DHA. Some brands don’t have a lot of the active ingredient. The capsule may be 1000mg but there may only be 300mg of the active ingredient. In this case, you would need about 7 capsules per day to get up to the minimum dose of 2000mg.
Now you don’t just have to take it in capsule form. You can also get through your diet as well. It’s found in oily fish like salmon and mackerel and herring and sardines. Even walnuts contain quite a lot of omega 3.
Now this of course is in contrast to the other player in this delicate dance which is omega 6. Guess where omega six is found? It’s found everywhere. It’s found in pizza, ice cream, milk, butter, hamburgers, steaks, fried foods, cookies, crackers, chips, cakes, you name it. It’s everywhere and the problem we have in our diet is we generally have way too much omega six which is converted into the kind of harmful chemicals in the bloodstream that produces inflammation and not enough omega three which convert into chemicals that fight inflammation.
What we’re trying to do here is to balance the omega three with the omega six in your diet. Another source of omega three is flax seed flowers or more specifically flax seed oil. If you’re going to use flax seed oil then you might make sure you get a nice fresh source of flax seed oil.
Some people find they get somewhat inconsistent results with purely just flax seed oil which is an excellent source of omega 3. Research has shown that generally it’s best to have a mixture of flax seed oil and fish oil. That way then you cover both camps and you get the best of both worlds.
Flax seeds have an acquired taste. I find them revolting, but some can tolerate a sprinkle on their food. I think it is best to take them in capsule form.
In summary, you need to up your levels of omega three and this needs to be a long-term project. You’ll probably get the maximum effect after eight weeks. You need to take 2000mg per day of the active ingredients EPA and DHA.
Just one little word of caution, if you’ve got any disorders to do with blood clotting than you need to consult your general practitioner before you actually start taking omega 3. It does tend to thin the blood and can cause problems with clotting especially if you are already on blood thinning medications.