The short answer, without question is fish oil. We have found better results by eliminating the flax seed oil and greatly increasing the EPA and DHA (we like 2000 mg to 3000 mg of EPA and DHA combined). Flax seed oil is very unstable and thus has a short shelf life at room temperature. Flax seed oil also does not contain omega 3 fatty acids, instead our bodies must convert the ALA (alpha linolenic acid) contained within the flax seed into the omega 3 fatty acids that can then be used by our bodies. Another disadvantage to flax seed oil is that our body’s conversion of flax seed oil to EPA or DHA is very inefficient. The conversion ALA to EPA/DHA rate has been reported to be between 4% and 15% (worse for DHA than EPA and lower for men than women). A person’s conversion rate can vary based on many factors. Therefore, fish is a much better and efficient source of omega 3 fatty acids.
This article is the third in the four part series on using omega 3 fatty acids in treating dry eye syndrome
Posted in dry eye, dry eye syndrome
Tagged cholesterol, chronic fatigue, DHA, dry eye syndrome, EPA, essential fatty acid, fatty acid, fibromyalgia, fish oil, flax, lipid, MS, multiple sclerosis, omega 3, omega 3 fatty acid, triglyceride
As eye doctors we recommend that our patients with dry eyes increase their dietary intake of omega 3 fatty acids. Our typical dosage is 2000 mg to 3000 mg in a combination of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). This translates into 4 oz of wild, Atlantic salmon per day. Regardless of how much we like salmon we probably don’t want it every day no matter how many different ways there are to fix it, therefore fish oil capsules are a necessary dietary supplement. Unfortunately, not all fish oil capsules are created equal. Often inferior and/or low dose varieties cause “fish burp” and indigestion while others can not be efficiently used by our bodies. Here is an article on how to evaluate the different types of omega 3 fish oil capsules.
This article is the second of a four part series on using omega 3 fatty acids in treating dry eye syndrome
Posted in dry eye, dry eye syndrome, Macular Degeneration
Tagged cholesterol, chronic fatigue, DHA, dry eye sydrome, dry eye syndrome, EPA, essential fatty acid, fatty acid, fibromyalgia, fish oil, lipid, Macular Degeneration, MS, multiple sclerosis, omega 3, omega 3 fatty acid, triglyceride