The Great Need for Omega-3 Polyunsaturates for Rosacea and Ocular Rosacea

Omega 3 fatty acids have been found to be beneficial in reducing the itching and inflammation associated with ocular rosacea, rosacea, eczema and psoriasis. These essential fatty supplements aid in an overall balanced diet as well as easing the discomfort of ocular rosacea symptoms. Omega-3 fatty acids include AHA (alpha-linolenic acid), DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), and EPA (eicoapentaenoic acid). Recent research has shown that Omega 3 fatty acids are a necessary component of rosacea eye health. Omega-3’s may relieve or even prevent the symptoms of dry eye syndrome and macular degeneration. Essential fatty acids help to ensure proper drainage of intraocular fluids in the eye, thus decreasing the risks associated with glaucoma, high eye pressure, and reduces the problems associated with abnormal tear evaporation. The addition of Omega 3’s in the diet has been shown to increase the density of the conjunctival goblet cells which lubricate the eyes when we blink. These cells also secrete a substance that balances the tear film and reduce eye inflammation and ocular dryness which often occur with ocular rosacea. Increasing your water intake will also increase the moisture in the eye, therefore, decreasing irritation.

Omega-3′s may reduce the severity of some of the more troublesome side effects of prescription medications used in the treatment of psoriasis. The excessive reactionary response in allergic contact or atopic eczema which results in very itchy skin with accompanying irritation and inflammation are thought to be caused by an alteration in the way the body metabolizes essential fatty acids and low levels of Omega 3 fatty acids.

It is recommended to maintain a proper level of Omega 3’s that one consume two to three servings per week. A serving is 5 to 6 ounces. There are many excellent sources of Omega 3’s such as flaxseed, walnuts, salmon, cauliflower, chinook, cabbage, and broccoli. Other good sources would include romaine lettuce, squash, or tofu. Fish such as halibut, cod, herring, sardines, yellowfin, tuna, mackerel, trout, scallops, shrimp, and snapper are all good sources of Omega 3’s. Assorted greens such as collard greens, Brussel sprouts, spinach, kale, soybeans, green beans and turnip greens are all good options. Another source of omega 3’s is strawberries and raspberries. If none of these fresh food options appeal to you, you can always opt for an Omega 3 vitamin supplement.

Research indicates that on average we only consume approximately 10% of the Omega 3’s our body requires for best nutritional health.