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Understanding Vertigo, Invite Health Podcast, Episode 669

Understanding Vertigo, Invite Health Podcast, Episode 669

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What To Know About Migraines? – InVite Health Podcast Episode 553

What To Know About Migraines? – InVite Health Podcast Episode 553

Migraines can be debilitating causing you to have to stop your day and rest. This can be challenging when you work full time. Therefore learn what can help you prevent migraines.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids to Target Migraines – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 383

Omega-3 Fatty Acids to Target Migraines – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 383


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A new study just came out from The British Medical Journal discussing the impact of omega-3 fatty acids in the setting of migraines. Today, I want to talk about this study and take a look at the science behind it.† 

Research on migraines and omega-3 fatty acids

This study showed findings from a trial that indicated that omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil or from a diet rich in fish could be very helpful for lowering the incidence of migraines. Migraines are one of the most common neurological diseases. It is estimated that they affect more than a billion people globally.† 


These researchers notated that diet should be at the forefront of helping with migraines. One of the areas of interest is looking at diets rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3s are known to help ease inflammation in the body, whereas omega-6 fatty acids tend to drive up inflammation. When people have a diet that is heavier in omega-6s, then this can actually continue to exacerbate that neurological pathway in which migraines are then triggered.†

In the study, the researchers go on to detail how omega-3 fatty acids can help with migraine headaches. Not only do they have these anti-inflammatory effects, but they also have an antinociceptive impact. This can help people who get nauseated when they get headaches, something that is very common in people who get migraines.†  

Within this study, researchers had the subjects keep track of the different foods they were eating. They looked at their typical intake of both omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Then, they had one group take additional omega-3s. Through this, they found that the group who took the additional omega-3 had a significant reduction in the frequency and duration of their migraines.† 

How omega-3s can help

A lot of people deal with migraines. Oftentimes, they’re trying to figure out what the best approach is. They have to see if their migraines are being triggered by hormones or diet, but we also need to recognize that people need to get the right nutrients on board. This includes things such as magnesium, coenzyme Q10 and, of course, omega-3 fatty acids. These nutrients are so incredibly important for anyone across the board, but especially for those who are dealing with chronic migraines.†  


There is enough science out there now that shows that omega-3 fatty acids have the capability to help fend off inflammation. If we have inflammation in the body or are prone to having these migraine attacks, then it would be advantageous to make sure that you’re taking, at minimum, 1000mg of omega-3 fatty acids a day.†

In this episode, Amanda Williams, MPH discusses research looking at the relationship between omega-3 fatty acids and migraine headaches. She explains how omega-3 fatty acids function in the body, specifically in terms of inflammation.†

Key Topics:

  • Other benefits of fish oils and omega-3 fatty acids
  • Common treatments for migraine headaches 
  • Details on this study from The British Medical Journal
  • How omega-3s function in the body

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Why Women Suffer From Migraines More Than Men

Why Women Suffer From Migraines More Than Men

Photo by Carolina Heza on Unsplash Migraines are a neurological condition that are commonly characterized by intense, debilitating headache. Symptoms include nasusea, vomiting, difficulty speaking, numbness or tingling, and sensitivity to light and sound. Researchers have not yet identified a definitive cause of migraines, but 

6 Health Problems Your Child Could Inherit

6 Health Problems Your Child Could Inherit

Photo by Anna Kolosyuk on Unsplash Many times, there are other factors besides hair and eye color that get passed down to your children. And there are numerous reasons why your children could be plagued with the same conditions as yourself or your family members. 

New Research: Study Shows Great Promise for Migraine Sufferers

New Research: Study Shows Great Promise for Migraine Sufferers

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Migraine headaches are a major health problem for millions of people. These extremely painful headaches present themselves suddenly and usually at the worst possible time, like during your big presentation. The sharp and shooting pain, dizziness, blurred vision and even severe nausea and vomiting can make you feel like your entire world is crashing down.

What is a Migraine?

For millions of people, migraines are an unfortunate part of daily life and can have a serious impact on an individuals everyday routine. Migraine headaches are being studied on a regular basis to find new treatments for migraine sufferers. Migraine headaches have a major impact on a person’s quality of life, often causing them to miss work, school and other important events. Based on surveys, nearly every migraine sufferer would be more than willing to receive these new injections to prevent migraines and normalize their lives.

Recent Research

Recent research on migraines is showing some great potential. Two new agents, which are both “monoclonal antibodies” directed against the calcitonin gene, may offer a novel mechanism of action for the prevention of migraines. These two new agents showed extremely promising results in phase 2 studies, and the new research has generated a lot of buzz in the medical community.

This is the first time a mechanism-based treatment specifically for migraine prevention has ever been tested. The results of this research will be examined further this week at the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) 66th Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, which will run until May 3rd. This new treatment would work by subcutaneous injections twice a month, or intravenous (IV) injection once every 3 months. Both of these methods showed significant reductions in migraine attacks as compared to placebos in these phase 2 studies.

By the end of the AAN conference on May 3rd, another detailed plan will be released! It’s always interesting and exciting to follow innovative new research and possible cures for health conditions that affect millions of people. These new injections have the potential to drastically improve everyday life for anyone who suffers the debilitating pain of migraine headaches.

Natural Remedies

According to Dr. Roger Cady, director of the Headache Care Center in Springfield, Mo., there are some supplements that have been proven to support migraines in a number of small studies.

Some studies have shown that migraine sufferers tend to be deficient in magnesium and that magnesium may “help reduce the frequency of migraines, as the mineral helps to calm nerves, which tend to get overexcited during a migraine.”

Many neurologists believe that migraines are the result of too many demands being made on nerve cells and that there is not enough energy being produced to support these demands. Cady recommends Vitamin B12, as it plays important roles in boosting energy production inside of the nerve cells.

Do you or someone you know suffer from frequent migraines? Let us know what you think about these natural remedies for migraines!

Source: MedScape: Novel Agents for Migraine Prevention Look Good in Phase 2