Supplements to alleviate migraines
Migraines are terribly disabling, and the causes of migraines can be difficult to identify. Some of the causes of migraines are: Excessive oestrogen Hormonal changes during perimenopause such as lack of progesterone Unstable blood sugars – that’s why its good to avoid alcohol and refined carbs and sugar Stress Non-bioidentical hormones – conjugated equine oestrogens that have more variability in absorption and synthetic progestins may actually worsen migraines. Food sensitivities - caffeine, foods containing tyramine (chocolate, alcohol, sour cream, yogurt, yeast extracts, aged cheese, soy sauce), red wine, peanuts, foods containing nitrites, monosodium glutamate and aspartame may all worsen migraines. So what can you do to help?
What You'll Need
- Magnesium 400mg at night- Low magnesium levels have been detected in sufferers of both migraine and tension headaches
- Feverfew up to 1200mg/day - In a study of 270 migraine sufferers who had taken feverfew daily, 70% had a decrease in the frequency and/or intensity of their attacks
- Riboflavin – 400mg per day: In a study 49 migraine patients who were treated with 400 mg of riboflavin daily for 3 months experienced a 68% reduction in symptoms
- CoQ10 150mg per day: Thirty-two patients with migraine were treated with CoQ10 at a dose of 150 mg per day in a controlled experiment and 61.3% of the patients treated had a greater than 50% reduction in number of days with migraine.
- Butterbur 75mg twice per day: 245 migraine patients were treated for 4 months twice daily with either placebo or 50 mg or 75 mg commercial butterbur. Maximum response was achieved after 3 months resulting in an attack reduction of 58% with a 2x75 mg/day dosing which was statistically significant compared to the placebo response of 28%
What You'll Do
- Keep a migraine diary and try excluding potential food allergens.
- Drink plenty of water and keep blood sugars stable by eating small frequent meals consisting of starchy vegetables, legumes and whole grains.
- Consider the use of Cefaly, a plastic headband that works like a TENS machine and stimulates the trigeminal nerve.
- Check out the website www.migrainetrust.org for information about migraine medications for acute attacks and prevention and botox as a possible option for chronic migraine.
- Get your hormones tested and correct any hormone imbalances
Tips & Warnings
- Only take supplements under the guidance of a holistic Dr