Best Foods That Help Migraines, Stress, and Beyond – Shape Magazine

Posted: February 22, 2020 at 2:42 pm

Try: Fatty fish such as trout, sardines, and herring

How much? Have one four- to six-ounce serving two or three times a week. Or consult your doctor about taking fish-oil supplements.

Eating fatty fish, which are high in long-chain omega-3 fatty acids, may lower the body's production of prostaglandins, hormone-like chemicals that can induce inflammation and pain, causing migraines. (ICYMI, there is a difference between headaches and migraines.)

"We found that adolescents who took 1.25 grams of fish oil daily for two months experienced fewer headaches, which were less severe and didn't last as long," explains Zeev Harel, M.D., a researcher who has studied the topic of foods that help migraines and the director of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine at Community Health Services in Hartford, Connecticut.

Avoid: Processed meats, artificial sweeteners, red wine, chocolate, hard cheeses, and citrus. Research shows that 20 percent of migraine sufferers are sensitive to one or more of these foods.

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