Migraine is defined as a neurological disease characterized by recurring and severe headaches. Most people who suffer from migraines claim the pain’s severity interrupts their everyday activities. Doctors usually prescribe various medications that prove to be helpful in relieving migraine pain. However, some people don’t like taking medications which mean they need to find another way of relieving the pain they feel. It is assumed that krill oil can help relieving migraine pain. Keep reading to find out whether it’s true or not.
What science says about Krill oil and migraine pain relief?
Due to the high level of Omega 3 fatty acids in krill oil, just like fish oil, can relieve pain associated with migraine. For example, a team of researchers (Harel Z, Gascon G, Riggs S.) from Brown University conducted a study called Supplementation with Omega 3 polyunsaturated fatty acids in the management of recurrent migraines in adolescents.
For this study, the team of researchers included 27 adolescents suffering from frequent migraines for at least 1 year. The research period lasted for 5 months and participants were given fish oil supplements for two months, then there was a month-long washout period, and finally, they received placebo (olive oil) for the last 2 months of the study.
Throughout the study, participants self-assessed severity and duration of headache episodes. At the end of every 2-month treatment period, participants also rated the effectiveness of the treatment they received.
The results of the study, which were published in the Journal of Adolescent Health, showed that 23 adolescents completed the study. Moreover, compared to the frequency of headaches before the study, there was a significant research during the stage when adolescents received Omega 3 fatty acids supplementation. Additionally, placebo (olive oil) also managed to relieve intensity and severity of migraines.
Another study, conducted by Ferramosca A, Conte L, and Zara V, team of researchers from Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences and Technologies at University of Salento in Lecce, Italy proved that a krill oil dietary supplement reduces the activities of mitochondrial tricarboxylate carriers and cystolic lipogenic enzymes. Scientists also discovered that krill oil had greater benefits than fish oil. For example, rats that were fed with krill oil supplements showed a decrease of mitochondrial tricarboxylate carriers and lipogenic enzymes was more pronounced than in fish oil due to the fact that expression of protein was reduced as well.
To elaborate, lipogenic enzyme activity is part of lipogenesis that is the process of converting sugars into fatty acids (yes, fat). These fatty acids are subsequently esterified with glycerol to form triacyglycerols that are coupled with VLDL (Very Low-Density Lipoprotein) and secreted from the liver.
According to experts, high levels of LDL (or bad) cholesterol are associated with migraine’s severity and frequency. Moreover, migraine recurrence is linked with liver function as well. For example, vascular changes associated with migraine are linked with impaired liver function. Therefore, improving liver function would also reduce severity and provides migraine relief.
How Krill oil relieves migraine?
As it was mentioned above, krill oil contains Omega 3 fatty acids. Omega 3’s are essential for your overall health, including brain function, and even healthy skin. In phospholipid form, these acids are vital for your brain development because they reduce mitochondrial triacyglycerols, but the problem is your body doesn’t produce it naturally which means you have to rely on getting Omega 3 via diet or krill oil supplements. Another benefit or krill oil can be found in the fact it is the only substance that naturally contains phospholipids.
Phospholipids are essential to cell membranes. They increase energy production for mitochondrial functioning in brain tissue, reduce migraine frequency and severity and decrease the risk of suffering from cardiovascular diseases.
Migraine in numbers
- 1 in 4 US households includes someone with migraine.
- More than 12% of the population (children included) suffers from migraine, which is more than diabetes and asthma combined.
- 18% of American women suffer from migraine.
- 6% of American men suffer from migraine.
- There is 40% chance that if parent suffers from migraine, the child will too.
- It is 8th most disabling illness in the world.
- Migraine attacks usually last between 4 and 72 hours.
Krill oil is one of the richest sources of Omega 3 fatty acids which proved to be excellent migraine pain reliever. Also, Omega 3’s are beneficial for our well-being and they improve liver function. Impaired liver function is associated with migraine. Remember to enrich your diet with Omega 3’s found in fish and Omega 3’s in supplement form e.g. krill oil for improvement of overall health and pain relief associated with migraine.
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