Omega 3 for Migraine and headache

by James on 23 April 2005

Salmon dinner

The evidence is mounting that omega-3 fatty acids are good for your short term as well as long term health.  But most people don’t know that there is evidence that omega-3s are beneficial to the migraineur as well.  There is some clinical evidence that increasing your omega-3 intake may lessen your migraine attacks.  On top of this, there’s evidence for many other benefits, including guarding against heart disease, blood clots, arthritis, and even certain types of cancer.  New recommendations in the USA encourage Americans to double their intake of fish, the primary source of these beneficial fatty acids.  Especially good are salmon, mackerel, trout and herring.  Flaxseed, canola, walnut and soya oils are also good.  Remember if you’re taking flax, the seeds will go right through you – use a whole grain flour.

So, for your health, don’t go crazy with the omega 3 supplements – try eating fish 2-3 times a week.  You may find both short term and long term benefits.  Omega-3s may also have an anti-inflammatory effect, making it good for people suffering headaches of various kinds.

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