In the past, fish oils eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) were viewed as the cornerstone of dry eye nutrition. There have been studies that show an improvement in dry eye symptoms with the ingestion of 2,000mg of omega-3 fatty acids.
The key essential omega-3 fatty acids of fish oil are eicosapentaenoic acid and docosahexaenoic acid. These omega-e fatty acids are found in cold water fish such as salmon and mackerel that are highly saturated. They are playing a major role in health care today including the treatment of dry eyes.
It is important that people chose a fish oil supplement that is USP certified to ensure the quality of the fish oil and that it is mercury free.
Omega-6 Fatty Acids
New studies have shown that the healthy omega-6 fatty acids known as gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) can greatly benefit dry eye patients. The omega-6 fatty acid comes from black currant seed oil. Black currant seed oil also contains omega-3 alpha-linolenic acid.
Gamma-linolenic acid has been proven to be beneficial in chronic inflammatory diseases such as inflammation associated with dry eyes by increasing the tear level of anti-inflammatory eicosanoid PGE1. This results in decreased inflammation and therefore reducing or alleviating the symptoms of dry eyes.
Vitamin A (from retinyl palmitate and cod liver oil) 2080 IU
Vitamin E (d-alpha tocopherol) 12 IU
Magnesium 40 mg
Vitamin C 240 mg
Vitamin B6 12.6 mg
GLA (black currant seed oil) 1570 mg
Omega-3 fatty acid 170 mg (EPA 100 mg DHA 70 mg)
Mucin complex 100 mg
The vitamins are co-factors in fatty acid metabolism.
Research has shown that the combination of omega-3 fatty acids with a healthy form of omega-6 fatty acids can provide additional therapeutic advantage in patients with dry eyes. Vitamin C has shown to be a free-radical fighting anti-oxidant in tears.
Studies have shown benefits in cardiovascular disease risk including a decrease in platelet aggregation and serum thromboxane B2 with the use of gamma-linolenic acid. The combination of omega-3 fatty acids and gamma-linolenic acid has shown a decrease in inflammatory prostaglandins.
HydroEye with its combination of omega-e fatty acids, healthy omega-6 fatty acids, and vitamins provides significant benefits for patients who suffering from dry eyes.