Eyes are the windows to the soul but they also have caused me a whole lot of pain! A few years back I was at my daughter’s soccer game cheering her on in excruciating heat. Mid-way through the game my eyes started to burn even though I had on sunglasses. By the end of the game, I had a major headache and I couldn’t even open them. It happened so quick I thought to myself…what is happening!?!? So a few days later I went to see my opthamologist. It was at that moment she ever so delicately suggested that my severe dry eyes was probably a result of aging…WHAAAAAT!?!? NO WAY!!! So I had to put that in a box and say… Ok, well shit, what can I do cause this is for the birds!?!?! She told me I could do a few things… 1) Use eyedrops 2) Take a prescription for Restasis 3) Come back so she could insert Punctal Plugs 4) Incorporate flaxseed or fish oil in my diet and 5) Give my eyes a break, ditch the contacts and wear my eyeglasses!!!! Huh!?!?!? You want me to do what!?!?! Nope! I will do all of the above EXCEPT #5. I hate wearing my glasses. Like for real!
So now here we are, a few years later and my eyes are still suffering. Waaaaah!!! I did, in fact, do items 1-3 and really just got complacent so now I’ve decided to do #4. The problem is figuring out if Flaxseeds or Fish Oil is better…for me. I think they both definitely have their advantages. Both types of oil contain omega-3 fatty acids and can help lower your risk of heart disease and reduce chronic inflammation that is associated with conditions like cancer, gout, lupus and fibrocystic breasts.
So after the suggestion of a friend to try another type of oil, I went to Sprouts and bought Udo’s Oil™ DHA 3•6•9 Blend which is made with DHA from unrefined algae, not fish and with a blend of natural, unrefined oils from fresh organic flax, sunflower, sesame and evening primrose seeds as well as oils from coconut and rice bran. Sounds good to me! Not only is this oil beneficial for my dry eyes, it supports overall good health and brain function which I definitely need as I hit 45! Like fish oil, this oil contains natural EPA and DHA omega-3s that don’t have to be converted in the body like flaxseeds do.
One drawback for me though as I work to be more conscious of my spending is the price of the oil as compared to flaxseeds. But for now, I’m going to continue with this blend and see how I feel and maybe in the next few months, I’ll swap it for Flaxseeds. We’ll see. Until then, my flaxseeds will still serve a purpose as I make a gel for my hair and sprinkle some seeds in my smoothies.
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