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4 Steps to Stop Migraines

Friday, 03 September 2010 09:25 AM

Most of us have, on occasion, suffered from a splitting headache that interfered with enjoying our day or doing our work. However, while most headaches are easily controlled by taking an over-the-counter medication, some headaches go beyond being merely a painful nuisance.

Some are absolutely agonizing and even dangerous — and a migraine is the most dangerous of them all. (For more detailed information on migraines, check out my report "Anxiety, Panic Disorder & Migraines: Fight Back Using Nature’s Elixier’s.")

Most of the migraines I treated in my practice were chronic migraines that had been failures of traditional drug treatments. Here are some natural treatments for migraine:

Correct your diet A number of foods and food additives are known to precipitate a migraine attack. In many cases, the attack may occur hours or even days after exposure. The most common triggers include chocolate (which contains phenylethylamine and tyramine), aspartame, sulfites, nitrates, nitrites, alcohol, caffeine, and products containing excitotoxin additives.

The severity of migraine pain is directly related to the level of the glutamate in the brain. Studies have shown that foods containing monosodium glutamate (MSG) can increase glutamate blood levels anywhere from 20-fold to 50-fold. MSG is not the only source of glutamate. Other sources include hydrolyzed proteins, whey protein, calcium caseinate, carrageenan, isolated soy proteins, and natural flavoring.

Exercise regularly Exercise has a great number of benefits and has been shown to reduce the number of migraine attacks. This could be for several reasons, including the fact that exercise increases brain-repair chemicals, reduces blood glutamate, and reduces stress. For more information on reducing stress, see my report "Good Sleep: Stop Insomnia, Reduce Stress, Boost Your Total Health" for detailed information.

Supplement with magnesium Many studies have shown that people with migraines have lower levels of magnesium than headache-free individuals. Some studies have shown that intravenous high doses of magnesium stop acute migraine attacks in up to 80 percent of people tested. Oral magnesium has been shown to prevent migraines, but it may take as long as six months to fully restore low brain-magnesium levels using oral supplementation.

In acute migraine with aura, drinking a mixture of 700 to 1,000 mg of magnesium citrate/malate and 4,000 mg of pyruvate in 8 ounces of distilled water can terminate the attack in a minute or less.

Increase brain energy A powerful link to migraine attacks is poor energy production in specific brain cells. The problem seems to be with impaired mitochondrial function � the main energy factory of all cells. A number of supplements significantly improve mitochondrial energy production. They include vitamin K, pyruvate, malate, riboflavin, vitamin B-1, pyridoxine, niacinamide, methylcobalamin, folic acid, L-carnitine, L-carnosine, R-lipoic acid, and coenzyme Q10. You can learn even more about the benefits of supplements by reading my special report "Key Vitamins That Save Your Heart, Prevent Cancer and Keep You Living Long."

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