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Dry Eye, Dry Eye Syndrome, Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca- Omega 3 Fatty Acids

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 There is a growing body of research supporting the use of omega 3 fatty acids supplements to treat dry eye, an uncomfortable condition that arises when the eye produces fewer tears.

 The New York Times article linked and excerpted below is somewhat confusing. The article says that though the evidence that fish oil aka Omega 3 Fatty Acids helps dry eye is weak,
  • There is a growing body of research supporting the use of fish oil supplements to treat dry eye,
  • Many doctors feel comfortable prescribing fish oil supplements based on current research

My experience is that medical doctors don’t prescribe anything that is not supported by lots of evidence-based research. Fish oil soothes dry eye.

I don’t have dry eye. But I do supplement with fish oil aka Omega 3 Fatty Acids for

  • heart health
  • blood health
  • brain health and
  • documented cytotoxic (cancer killing) properties

I am a long-term cancer survivor and cancer coach who lives with a fear of relapse, secondary cancer, heart damage and brain damage among other health challenges.

I recommend Life Extension Mega EPA/DHA daily because the formula is a combination of both omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids.

For more information about managing chronic disease and cancer, scroll down the page ask me a question and I will reply ASAP. Thank you,

David Emerson

  • Cancer Survivor
  • Cancer Coach
  • Director PeopleBeatingCancer

Dry eye syndrome

Dry eye syndrome (DES), also known as keratoconjunctivitis sicca (KCS), is the condition of having dry eyes.[2] Other associated symptoms include irritation, redness, discharge, and easily fatigued eyes. Blurred vision may also occur.[2] The symptoms can range from mild and occasional to severe and continuous.[3] Scarring of the cornea may occur in some cases without treatment…”

Flaxseed Oil Supplements May Help Dry Eyes

“High doses of flaxseed oil supplements may improve symptoms of dry eyes.

In a preliminary study, 12 people who worked themselves up to taking 9,000 milligrams per day of flaxseed oil reported substantially less itching, dryness, burning, and eye fatigue after three months.

Also, oily secretions from meibomian glands in their eyelids increased. Failure of these glands to produce or secrete oil produces dry eyesymptoms.

The findings were presented here at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology..

Omega-3 Fatty Acid Softens Secretions

Dry eye syndrome affects about 12 million Americans.

Tears are a combination of water, for moisture; oils, for lubrication; mucus, for even spreading; and antibodies and special proteins, for resistance to infection.

People in the study all had a problem with oil secretions from their meibomian glands.”


The list of health benefits of omega-3 fatty acids (fish oil) listed below may seem endless. And it might seem impossible for daily dose of omega-3 fatty acids to provide all the of the health benefits below but its not.

I’m a long-term cancer survivor living with chemobrain, chemo-induced heart damage, radiation-induced nerve damage and a risk of treatment related secondary cancers. I believe that omega 3 fatty acid supplementation helps me maintain my health each and every day.

I take one capsule daily of Life Extension Super Omega 3 EPA/DHA with Sesame Lignans and Olive Fruit to insure all I get all of the health benefits below and I encourage you to do so as well.


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17 Science-Based Benefits of Omega-3 Fatty Acids

  • Omega-3s Can Fight Depression and Anxiety
  • Omega-3s Can Improve Eye Health
    3. Omega-3s Can Promote Brain Health During Pregnancy and Early Life
  • 4. Omega-3s Can Improve Risk Factors For Heart Disease
  • These include:
    • Triglycerides: Omega-3s can cause a major reduction in triglycerides, usually in the range of 15–30% (25, 26, 27).
    • Blood pressure: Omega-3s can reduce blood pressure levels in people with high blood pressure (25, 28).
    • HDL-cholesterol: Omega-3s can raise HDL (the “good”) cholesterol levels (29, 30, 31)
    • Blood clots: Omega-3s can keep blood platelets from clumping together. This helps prevent the formation of harmful blood clots (32, 33).
    • Plaque: By keeping the arteries smooth and free from damage, omega-3s help prevent the plaque that can restrict and harden the arteries (34, 35).
    • Inflammation: Omega-3s reduce the production of some substances released during the inflammatory response (36, 37, 38).
  • 5. Omega-3s Can Reduce Symptoms of ADHD in Children
  • 6. Omega-3s Can Reduce Symptoms of Metabolic Syndrome

    Metabolic syndrome is a collection of conditions.

    It includes central obesity (belly fat), high blood pressure, insulin resistance, high triglycerides and low HDL levels.

    It is a major public health concern, since it increases your risk of developing many other diseases. These include heart disease and diabetes (51).

    Omega-3 fatty acids can reduce insulin resistance and inflammation, and improve heart disease risk factors in people with metabolic syndrome (52, 53, 54).

  • 7. Omega-3s Can Fight Inflammation

    Inflammation is incredibly important. We need it to fight infections and repair damage in the body.

  • 8. Omega-3s Can Fight Autoimmune Diseases
  • 9. Omega-3s Can Improve Mental Disorders
  • 10. Omega-3s Can Fight Age-Related Mental Decline and Alzheimer’s Disease
  • 11. Omega-3s May Help Prevent Cancer

    Cancer is one of the leading causes of death in the Western world, and omega-3 fatty acids have long been claimed to reduce the risk of certain cancers.

  • 12. Omega-3s Can Reduce Asthma in Children

    Asthma is a chronic lung disease with symptoms like coughing, shortness of breath and wheezing.

  • 13. Omega-3s Can Reduce Fat in The Liver
  • 14. Omega-3s May Improve Bone and Joint Health

    Osteoporosis and arthritis are two common disorders that affect the skeletal system.

    Studies indicate that omega-3s can improve bone strength by increasing the amount of calcium in bones. This should lead to a reduced risk of osteoporosis (87, 88).

    Omega-3s may also help with arthritis. Patients taking omega-3 supplements have reported reduced joint pain and increased grip strength (89, 90).

  • 15. Omega-3s Can Alleviate Menstrual Pain

    Menstrual pain occurs in the lower abdomen and pelvis, and often radiates to the lower back and thighs.

  • 16. Omega-3 Fatty Acids May Improve Sleep

    Good sleep is one of the foundations of optimal health.

  • 17. Omega-3 Fats Are Good For Your Skin

    EPA also benefits the skin in several ways, including (101, 102):

    • Managing oil production in skin.
    • Managing hydration of the skin.
    • Preventing hyperkeratinization of hair follicles (the little red bumps often seen on upper arms).
    • Preventing premature ageing of the skin.
    • Preventing acne.

    Omega-3s can also protect your skin from sun damage. EPA helps block the release of substances that eat away at the collagen in your skin after sun exposure (101).

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