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Experience Relief from Dry Eyes with Omega-3 Supplements

Feb 23, 2016 12:38PM

Getting enough omega-3 can be an effective and relatively inexpensive way to manage dry eye symptoms. If you start an omega-3 regimen for dry eyes, set yourself up for success with the following tips:  

  • Take an effective daily dose. Most research conducted on mega-3 and dry eyes have utilized at least two fish oil capsules per day. According to broader omega-3 research, however, we might need more omega-3 to combat chronic inflammation symptoms. Some studies suggest the anti-inflammatory effects of omega-3 kick in at 2700 mg of EPA/DHA daily. That’s the same as consuming eight to ten regular fish oil capsules—or one tablespoon of liquid cod liver oil. 

  • Give it time. While beneficial, taking enough omega-3 rarely makes a significant difference overnight. Give your omega-3 product three months to work, as recommended by several studies showing the benefits of omega-3 supplementation for dry eyes.  

  • Get a fresh omega-3 product. Studies from Norway, New Zealand and Canada have found many omega-3 supplements become rancid before their stated expiration date. Scientists suggest that rancid omega-3 products are likely less potent than fresh alternatives and warn that consuming rancid oil could be harmful. To make sure you are getting a fresh product, use your senses. Like fresh fish, a fresh omega-3 oil has no taste or smell.  


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