A diet high in the omega-3 fats and low in omega-6 fats showed a decreased frequency and severity of headaches • Seafood Nutrition Partnership

A diet high in omega-3 fats found in fish and shellfish, and low in omega-6 fats found in many processed foods, showed a decreased frequency and severity of headaches. Participants ate foods including wild salmon, albacore tuna, and trout while minimizing sources of omega-6 fats such as corn, soybean, and canola oils.

Migraine medications have been shown to produce 2 to 2 1/2 fewer “headache days” per month, which is less than the four-day reduction caused by the high omega-3, low omega-6 diet. “Four days per month really outperform anything we’ve seen from a pharmacological preventive,” said Dr. Rebecca Burch, a headache medicine specialist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and an assistant professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School.

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