Results published in The British Medical Journal (BMJ) and noted in MedPage Today presented promising evidence that a diet higher in two specific omega-3, fatty acids (EPA and DHA) “reduced headache frequency and intensity and lowered levels of pain-related lipids in migraine patients.”
Compared with individuals consuming diets that were higher in linoleic acid (omega-6), the study found that people who consumed more EPA and DHA experienced “30 to 40% reductions in total headache hours per day, severe headache hours per day, and overall headache days per month” as reported by Dr. Christopher Ramsden and colleagues, National Institute on Aging.
EPA and DHA are found in fatty fish, such as salmon and tuna. A polyunsaturated fatty acid, linoleic acid are typically sourced from corn and soybean oils as well as some nuts and seeds. Previous studies have also found a link between low consumption of EPA and DHA and higher incidence of migraine headaches.
These findings may provide a foundation in “targeted dietary intervention” that could very well help more patients obtain relief. Be sure to talk to your physician about whether the foods you eat and supplements are appropriate to your treatment plan and as always, please reach out if we can help.
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Dr. Suzanne Gazda, Integrative Neurology