Which is better for your dry eye: Flaxseed oil or fish oil?

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You probably know that flaxseed oil and fish oil provide health benefits, but do you know which one is better for you?

Both types of oil contain fatty acids and can help lower your risk of heart disease and reduce chronic inflammation. Also, when used with lubricating eye drops, they can both reduce dry-eye symptoms such as burning, redness and inconsistencies in vision. Research also suggests these same fatty acids may reduce the risk of macular degeneration and cataracts.

So what should you consider when making your choice?

Fish oil:

  • Fish oil and flaxseed oil both contain omega-3s, but those in fish oil don’t have to be converted to EPA and DHA in the body to be beneficial to your eyesight.
  • Fish oil can have a mild laxative effect, so if you suffer from constipation, it may cause looser, more frequent bowel movements.
  • Long-term use of fish oil can cause vitamin E deficiency, so find a supplement that also contains vitamin E or take a multivitamin that contains both.

Flaxseed oil:

  • Because they contain no animal byproducts, ground flax seeds and flaxseed oil are good choices for vegetarians.
  • Flaxseed oil is generally less expensive, and you can grind flax seeds yourself to maximize savings.
  • High doses of fish oil can cause digestive upset for those with sensitive stomachs, which can include increased burping, acid reflux, heartburn or bloating.
  • Some people notice a fishy aftertaste with some fish oil supplements.

Regardless of your choice, you should always consult with your doctor before starting a supplement regimen.

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