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WEEKLY TIP: Conquer Migraine Headaches

Thursday, 17 December 2009 10:52 AM

Like so many of today’s diseases, migraines are on the rise. And while we still do not fully understand the process, we do know some basics.

Two components of migraines cause the most concern. The first is when blood vessels leading to the head and brain constrict and go into spasm, producing the aura seen with many migraines.

The second component occurs when the arteries dilate, causing headaches. While this produces the most painful symptom, the first component is the most dangerous. In some people, the artery constricts so intensely that it causes a stroke. For more information on the signs of stroke, read my report "Cut Your Risk of a Deadly Stroke."

Sometimes, migraines are caused by intracranial aneurysms, so MRA studies are needed, just to make sure.

Use these tips to control chronic migraine:

• Avoid all excitotoxins. This is the most important rule, because research indicates that this is the central cause of the problem and explains why some anti-seizure medications work. This means avoid all MSG (monosodium glutamate), aspartame, hydrolyzed protein, isolated protein, protein drinks, soy products and soy proteins, Portabella mushrooms, sodium or calcium caseinate, stock, broth and natural flavoring. All of these are major triggers for migraine.

• Increase your magnesium intake. It takes a long time for oral magnesium to raise depleted brain levels to normal, as much as six months. Yet, relief can begin within hours. Vegetables are high in magnesium, so increase your vegetable intake. You can also take magnesium supplements.

• Take Riboflavin. Riboflavin reduces migraine attacks by protecting against excitotoxicity.

• Anti-inflammatory flavonoids. The best are curcumin, quercetin, hesperidin, feverfew and nettle.

• DHA. This component of fish oils also reduces inflammation and therefore reduces migraine attacks.

These tips and others found in my report "Anxiety, Panic Disorder & Migraines: Fight Back Using Nature’s Elixier’s." will either completely relieve your migraines or dramatically reduce their severity.

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