Can Flax seed cure or reduce migraine?

by 77338 · May 26, 2010 7:46 AM

Can Flax seed cure or reduce migraine? any one has input or experience with it.....

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55320 · May 26, 2010 2:05 AM

Flax seed is only valuable for its omega-3 content, but that omega-3 is the ALA form, which is less usable than the DHA form. DHA can be found in large amounts in fish and other seafood.

My father and I had migraines before going paleo. Doing an ultra-low carb ketogenic diet for awhile seems to be the best method to kick them. Adding in some fish can't hurt either.

523 · May 26, 2010 2:59 AM

As a migraine sufferer, I can sympathize with your need for a remedy. I have tried nearly every preventive and incidental herb/drug on the market. I have been gluten free for a year and a half, but still occasionally have migraines. I eat mostly paleo (always gluten free), try to get plenty of sleep and keep stress to a minimum. MSG is a huge trigger for me (migraine in <30 min), so I have to be really conscious about eating out.

In addition to lifestyle changes, I have also added a few supplements to my regimen. NOW Foods makes a combination formula of Butterbur with Feverfew. 2-3 of these per day have decreased the frequency and severity of my migraines. You might also try increasing your magnesium intake. I supplement with magnesium orotate. I have not been able to tell any difference from eating flax seeds or taking fish oil.

I have also learned that frequently people suffering from migraines also have some adrenal and kidney weakness. My Chinese herbalist recommended Yanvive (Jin Kui Shen Qi Pian) about 6 months ago. By taking this twice per day, I have reduced the frequency of my migraines and improved my energy levels. I ran out a couple months back and missed it for a couple weeks. The migraines returned and I felt exhausted, so I know that it makes a difference for me. Needless to say, I ordered more and make sure I don't run out anymore.

10194 · May 26, 2010 2:47 AM


I (accidentally) kicked my migraines by eliminating wheat from my diet. Whether this is because of phytic acid or gluten (I suspect the latter) - I don't know.

But I do know that it works.

I would avoid flax seed if I were you given that it is a seed.

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