Omega-3 could reduce the duration of migraine attacks

 
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Half to three quarters of adults aged 18-65 years in the world have had headache at least once within the last year and, among those individuals, 30 % or more had migraine. Migraines can affect quality of life: 25 % of people with migraine attacks have four or more severe attacks per month and 35 %, one to four severe attacks per month. Moreover, after an attack, the period of recovery can take hours or days. So, migraine can have an enormous impact on work, family and social life.

As we have explained on previous occasions, consumption of omega-3 fatty acids could improve migraine symptoms, and supplementation with omega-3 associated with a pharmacological treatment is useful reducing the frequency and intensity of headache attacks. But, could omega-3 help with the duration of the migraine attacks? Attacks usually last from four to 72 hours. During this time, 80 % of migrain sufferers have moderate to severe pain and 20 % have mild pain. The pain is associated with nausea in about 80 % of episodes, with vomiting in about 30 %, with extreme sensitivity to light in about 90 %, and with hypersensitivity to sound in about 80 %. A very unpleasant picture.

According to the results of a recent study, omega-3 intake is associated with a significant reduction of more than three hours in the duration of migraine attacks. It is good news.

Bibliography:

Consumption of omega-3 fatty acids could improve migraine symptoms, http://www.omega-3-blog.com/consumption-of-omega-3-fatty-acids-improves-migraine-symptoms/

Supplementation with omega-3 associated with a pharmacological treatment is useful reducing the frequency and intensity of headache attacks http://www.omega-3-blog.com/omega-3-in-the-prevention-of-migraine-attacks/

Maghsoumi-Norouzabad L, Mansoori A, Abed R, Shishehbor F. Effects of omega-3 fatty acids on the frequency, severity, and duration of migraine attacks: A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Nutr Neurosci. 2017 Jun 30:1-10. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28665211

Evans RW. The Clinical Features of Migraine With and Without Aura. Updates on the clinical features of migraine, especially migraine with aura. Practical Neurology. April 2014. [Internet] Disponible en: http://practicalneurology.com/2014/04/the-clinical-features-of-migraine-with-and-without-aura

The Migraine Trust. More than “just a headache”. https://www.migrainetrust.org/about-migraine/migraine-what-is-it/more-than-just-a-headache/

World Health Organization. Media Centre. Headache disorders. Fact sheet. Updated April 2016. http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs277/en/

 
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