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      Last month, we reported on two new studies linking migraines to higher risk of heart problems and blood clots. Clearly, it's in your best interests to keep the frequency and severity of migraines to a minimum, but how?
     Just as new studies continue to uncover new risks, studies are also uncovering ways to substantially reduce these painful attacks. In this issue of our newsletter, we take a look at some of the most promising strategies - which also happen to be natural, non-drug alternatives.
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Rebound Headache Turning Research into Relief:
What Migraine Studies Find


With two major studies reporting a powerful link between migraine with aura and heart disease, blood clots and stroke, it's vital to explore ways to reduce - if not prevent - migraines. There are perhaps over 100 migraine interventions, but not all of them work for all people. Plus, medications that do work for you may simply stop working over time. In addition, both prescription and OTC medications can come with serious side effects.

It's no wonder migraine sufferers like to explore natural options. In fact, in the journal Headache, scientists reported that people who experienced severe headaches (including migraines), were 38% more likely than the average population to explore complementary and alternative medicine.

Testing Natural Therapies
Cathy Glaser (President of the nonprofit Migraine Relief Foundation), has noted that "for some people, it's possible that alternatives offer greater relief than pharmaceutical treatments." Reflecting this, the MRF's grants - announced in January - include funding for studies on stress, sex and histamine as well as therapies based on modulating NMDA receptor sites.

While waiting for insights from new studies like these, you may want to explore natural therapies that have already been well-researched. Here are a few of today's most evidence-based therapies:

Nutritional Supplements: The Clinical Journal of Pain Management has published research showing that an increased intake of magnesium, CoQ10 and of riboflavin (vitamin B2) can be effective in reducing migraine attacks caused by nutritional deficiencies that disrupt brain energy metabolism. Given the research linking migraines to cardiovascular risks, it's interesting to note that supplements which seem to have a role in reducing migraines are also closely associated with heart health.

Herbal Supplements: The American Association of Neurology and American Headache Society now recommend butterbur as "most effective for migraine prevention." (CAUTION: the recommendation is based on research conducted only with a patented, purified extract - butterbur petasites. Unpurified butterbur root contains naturally occurring toxins that can damage the liver). Butterbur petasites seems to help by reducing inflammation and toning blood vessels in the brain so that if spasms do occur, they do not cause painful migraine attacks.

Mind-body Therapies: Research shows yoga can help migraine sufferers. As an example, a study published in Headache demonstrated that patients experienced 50% fewer headaches after participating in yoga classes several times a week.

Again, there's no single "silver bullet" that works for everyone. Still, these natural therapies do have good science behind them - and they don't carry the side effects of drugs. Given the potential risks that may be associated with not reducing the frequency and severity of migraines, it may be well worth your while to talk with your doctor about blending natural therapies into your prevention program.

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Migraine Relief TipTry This:
Baby Aspirin

Baby aspirin won't tackle the pain of a severe migraine, but many doctors recommend taking one daily for another reason: to reduce the risk of stroke. Remember that having migraines with auras seems linked to increased risk for cardiovascular problems. So, if you experience auras (even if migraines themselves don't develop) talk to your doctor about whether taking a daily baby aspirin might be a good "ounce of prevention."

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