Botanicals and Supplements
Non-drug alternative therapies offer effective methods to prevent migraine headaches. For most people that suffer from migraines, prevention therapy is successful and easily managed. The following nutrients and herbs have proven useful in prevention and management of migraines.
As we’ve discussed on this site, migraine headaches are often due to improper neurotransmitter function. We have found that supplying the body the nutrients it needs to restore proper neurotransmitter function leads to an abrupt elimination of migraine headaches in 85-98% of people.
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The role of magnesium in the progression of migraines has been studied extensively. Magnesium concentration has an effect on migraine-related receptors in the brain as well as neurotransmitters. Evidence suggests that up to 50% of people with migraines have lowered levels of magnesium and that rapid magnesium replenishment provides sustained relief in such people.
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According to many researchers, the onset of migraine may occur due to mitochondrial dysfunction. CoQ10, an essential element in the mitochondrial electron transport chain (used to make usable energy in the cell), may be an effective agent in preventing migraines.
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Butterbur root (Petasites hybridus) has been used for centuries for various ailments. It has been shown to be an effective preventative treatment for migraine due to its antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory effects on blood vessel walls.
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Essential Fatty Acids
Numerous research articles and clinical studies have demonstrated the efficacy of omega-3 fatty acids and gamma-linoleic acid (GLA) as anti-inflammatory agents. Their dual ability to suppress the production of pro-inflammatory compounds while enhancing the production of anti-inflammatory compounds is uniquely beneficial for migraine sufferers.
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Feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium) extracts are used widely in the United Kingdom and Germany. Feverfew works by inhibiting human blood aggregation and serotonin secretion. Studies show that feverfew can reduce the frequency and severity of migraines.
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Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) is often used as a prophylactic treatment for migraine. Riboflavin could be an effective, low-cost therapy for migraines devoid of short-term side effects.
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