Many people with minor migraines are successfully treated with a variety of drugs, but only a few of the complicated or chronic migraine sufferers benefit significantly. This means something is being overlooked. Several studies have shown that inflammation plays a major role in migraine headaches. For a detailed discussion on inflammation and its role in many diseases, see my newsletter "Inflammation: The Real Cause of Most Diseases."
In one interesting trial, 32 people with episodic migraine, with and without aura, were treated with 150 mg of CoQ10. An incredible 61.3 percent of the patients had a greater than 50 percent reduction in the number of days with a migraine headache.
Reducing inflammation reduces the triggering and pain. Several supplements dramatically reduce inflammation. Not all have been tested in people with migraine to see if they help, but they should. Feverfew, a common remedy for migraine, is an anti-inflammatory. Here are some more important anti-inflammatories:
• Curcumin and quercetin. 500 mg of each mixed with a tablespoon of extra-virgin olive oil and taken twice a day create a powerful anti-inflammatory combination. The downside is that both can induce hypoglycemia, which can make the pain worse, but it is more likely in people with severe reactive hypoglycemia. In my experience, many people have had dramatic headache relief using this combination. There are a great many other benefits of this combination as well.
• Mixed tocopherol natural vitamin E. This form contains high levels of gamma-E, which is a powerful anti-inflammatory Take 400 IU twice a day extract)
• Silymarin (milk thistle extract). 200 mg a day reduces activation of the brain’s immune cells (microglia) that reduces brain inflammation.
• Omega-3 oils high in DHA or pure DHA. 200 mg of pure DHA taken three times a day also reduces inflammation without the side effects of EPA.
Also, get plenty of sleep. Increasingly, we are learning that sleep plays a major role in brain health and can determine how we feel throughout the day. While we do not completely understand why we sleep, we know that one of its functions is to allow our brain to repair itself and to consolidate our memories and thoughts.
Recent research has also found that the sleep molecule melatonin plays a major role in brain protection and can reduce the incidence and frequency of migraine headaches. (For more detailed information on migraines, check out my report "Anxiety, Panic Disorder & Migraines: Fight Back Using Nature’s Elixier’s.")
Melatonin has been known to reduce brain inflammation and protect the brain against excitotoxicity. The exact dosage depends on the concentration required to induce restful sleep. For some, 0.5 mg is sufficient. Others require doses as high as 6 mg to 9 mg. Take melatonin 30 minutes before bedtime on an empty stomach. Extended-release and sublingual forms are available.
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