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The power of krill oil phospholipids to improve symptoms of dry eye

Omega-3 Benefits health claims B2B

5 min. read


Did you know that krill oil can help improve your eye health? It's true...not only is krill oil good for your overall health; it is clinically shown to combat the symptoms of dry eye such as inflammation, irritation and redness. 

With an extensive list of possible claims backed by science, krill oil is ideal as a stand alone eye health product or complementary to other key ingredients for a blended multi-nutrient product. Both the growing consumer interest in eye health spurred by COVID-19 and the concern around increased screen time and blue light exposure are helping to contribute to the large market potential for eye health products.


What is dry eye? 

Dry eye  is a condition in which a person doesn't have enough tears or enough quality tears to lubricate and nourish the eyes. Typical symptoms of dry eyes are dryness, itchy, stinging or tired eyes. Other symptoms are pain, redness, a pulling sensation, and pressure behind the eye. The symptoms can result in a filmy  vision, as well as increased discomfort and sensitivity to bright light and the use of contact lenses. 



Dry eye is very common. Certain non-modifiable factors can lead to the development of dry eye. Age is a major factor. In fact, as we grow older, our eyes make fewer tears, which can lead to dry eye. Women entering menopause may also experience dry eye due to hormonal changes. Certain medications (antihistamines, antidepressants, etc.) and environmental conditions such as pollution and low humidity are also contributing factors to dry eye.


Diet may also play a contributing role when it comes to dry eye. Eating too few omega-3s and too many omega-6s can lead to an imbalance in the omega-6:omega-3 ratio which has been shown to play a part in the severity of dry eye symptoms. Therefore, supplementation with omega-3 fatty acids like those found in krill oil is actively recommended by medical associations such as the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) to help relieve symptoms of dry eye. 


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Krill oil phospholipids improve symptoms of dry eye

A study by Deinema et al found that krill oil has positive effects on several parameters relating to dry eye. The outcomes of this study are beneficial for brands looking to “boost” their portfolios with a new eye health product:

  • Krill oil is proven to reduce tear osmolarity (salt in your tears)
  • Krill oil increases tear film stability; reduced tear stability can lead to eye irritation, blinking, and redness
  • Krill oil is proven to reduce inflammation and improve symptoms of dry eye


Boost your portfolio with a unique science-backed dry eye supplement

Superba Boost Krill Oil is rich in marine phospholipids, omega-3 EPA & DHA, choline and astaxanthin. Phospholipid omega-3s and astaxanthin play an important role in both modulating and shortening inflammatory reactions and are clinically shown to increase the Omega-3 Index and balancing the omega-6:omega-3 ratio.


Superba Boost works from the inside out to provide nutritional support and comfort for dry eyes by promoting healthy tear production and stability and is an efficient nutritional strategy to combat symptoms of dry eye such as inflammation, irritation and redness.


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