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Does combining multiple supplements help—or hurt—migraine prevention?  Could cutting carbs help prevent spring migraines?  And, considering the risks associated with drugs used to treat migraine attacks, could preventing migraines actually save your life? As you requested, we take a look at all these topics in this issue. 

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Taking Multiple Migraine Supplements: Is it Effective? Is it Safe?

If taking one natural supplement helps prevent migraines, will taking two, or three, or even four help even more?  Not necessarily!  In fact, mixing certain supplements might end up doing more harm than good. 

Let’s start with what doctors know works

Doctors generally agree that only a handful of herbs and nutrients have demonstrated the safety track record and the clinically studied effectiveness to be recommended for migraine prevention:

  • Butterbur (patented petasites extract)
  • Feverfew
  • Riboflavin (Vitamin B2)
  • Magnesium
  • CoQ10

That is because these specific supplements have undergone decades of rigorous, high-quality clinical studies. Both the type of supplement and the amount to take have been researched. That is also why we emphasize these supplements in our newsletter.

If you’re thinking of taking multiple migraine supplements, start here

We know that it is safe and effective to combine riboflavin (B2), magnesium and CoQ10.  We also know that (under a doctor’s guidance) migraine patients sometimes benefit by combining these specific dietary supplements with the patented, PA-free form of butterbur extract. 

We know this because these combinations of specific dietary and herbal supplements have been studied in terms of safety when used together and when used with over-the-counter and prescription medications.  Other herbal and dietary supplements have not.

Danger-zone combinations

From fish oil and Vitamin E, to antioxidants like taurine and turmeric, many supplements receive buzz as being helpful for migraines. These claims, however, are not supported by clinical evidence. Various supplements may be beneficial for certain people, but for other people—and at certain potency—they may be downright dangerous.

Ginger, for example, is a common and seemingly harmless spice that some people claim “fights migraines.” True, ginger has a small amount of antihistamine and anti-inflammatory action that may be of benefit. And yes, a 2005 study did find a ginger/feverfew derivative helpful for acute migraine, not migraine prevention. A similar 2011 study also showed ginger was helpful in treating nausea accompanying migraine attacks. 

While ginger tea might calm your stomach during a migraine episode, higher amounts can interact with OTC and RX medicines to cause bleeding, lower blood pressure and irregular heartbeat.

Stay safe

Stick with supplements doctors already trust. If you want to try multiple supplements, do it only with supplements known to combine safely with each other—and with other medications. Always take the recommended amounts.



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Could Preventing Migraines Save Your Life?

Why do doctors place such importance on migraine prevention? Obviously, the fewer attacks you suffer, the better your quality of life. In fact, preventing migraines could actually save your life.  Here’s why: 
Drugs used to treat acute migraines come with serious and potentially life-threatening side effects. The more you need to take these drugs, the more you may need to worry.

What types of risks do your own acute migraine medications include?  CLICK HERE

 

To Cut Spring Migraines, Cut Some Carbs

Yes, swimsuit season is on the way! Even more important, spring may tantalize your taste buds with foods that may increase your chances of experiencing a migraine. A study published in Neurology, for example, found that gluten may trigger migraines in some people because the protein—in those who are sensitive to gluten—can cause inflammation. Even if you aren’t gluten-sensitive, it’s a good idea to cut down on carbs.  It’s also a good idea to “go fresh” and trade aged cheeses and smoked meats and fish for spring’s light, seasonal fare and crisp flavors. 

Try tart cherries, for example! Studies show that thanks to the high levels of quercetin they contain, the juice of sour cherries may fight headache pain even better than aspirin.


 
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