Flaxseed oil might ease dry eye

PEOPLE'S PHARMACY

January 27, 2002|By Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon | Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon,Special to the Sun; King Features Syndicate

Q. I was interested to read that flaxseed oil can help dry eye syndrome. I have had that problem for many months and use TheraTears with some success, but the effect is temporary. I'd like to try flaxseed oil, but need to know how to take it -- oil, capsules or seeds, and also how much.

A. The reader who reported benefit for dry eye syndrome did not say whether she was taking flaxseed oil in capsules or by the spoonful, or how much. This oil should be refrigerated to prevent oxidation. The usual dose is 1,000 to 1,500 milligrams per day.

Another reader has reported success with seeds: "I have been taking flaxseeds for more than a year now. I grind them and sprinkle 2 teaspoons over my cereal every morning. I am taking flaxseed as a vitamin supplement, but I have noticed that my dry eye condition is getting better. I didn't make the connection until I read your column, but that must be why I don't need to use the eye drops as often as I once did. Now I need just one drop in each eye in the morning."

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