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What if your migraine prevention strategy could reduce attacks and help you have a healthier heart, brighter mood, less stress, glowing skin, deeper sleep, stronger immunity, and more energy plus relief from allergies? In this issue, we look at how some natural migraine preventives multitask to provide “bonus benefits” like these. Plus: discover the migraine prevention strategy that seems to work for everyone. Plus, avoid “let-down” migraines once holiday stress eases off.

From all of us at Linpharma, we send you our best wishes for a happy, migraine-free holiday season and a bright start to the New Year.

Thank you!

Sincerely,
Tina Sanders


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Make Your Migraine Prevention Multitask

For patients who suffer migraines, the emphasis has shifted from treating attacks to preventing them. There is no one silver bullet (yet!), you end up combining different strategies to come up with a plan that works best for you. That plan might include medications that help reduce the severity and frequency of migraines. What’s worrisome, though, is that you’re already taking strong meds to deal with acute attacks. Add in preventive drugs like topiramate and you’re getting a double dose of side effects that grow potentially more dangerous over time.

But rely on natural preventives, and you not only avoid those drug-related side effects, you may get a double—or even quadruple—dose of benefits. Let’s look at a few examples. As you read through them, remember that not all these claims are backed by clinical evidence, and not everyone may experience these benefits. Still, it’s good to know the extra benefits you might receive, especially when—used properly—these natural options aren’t likely to harm you.

WHAT THE BEST-RESEARCHED DIETARY SUPPLEMENTS ALSO PROVIDE:

Vitamin B2 (riboflavin): Benefits for your whole body

Studies show that potent Vitamin B2 supplements help correct conditions that lead to migraines when brain cells don’t generate the energy to function properly. Taking Vitamin B2 regularly at a strong enough dose may reduce your attacks. It can also multitask, providing powerful antioxidants that may help support your heart, clear your skin, reduce anemia, promote faster healing and perhaps reduce the risks of cancer and arthritis. It might even improve eye health, boost immunity and help you feel more energetic.

CoQ10: A powerful protectant

For years now, CoQ10 has been recognized as an important defense against migraines. Since migraines are linked with higher risk for cardiovascular problems, CoQ10 is also important for its support of heart health. It is also said to help protect skeletal muscles, help speed recovery after exercise and reduce the negative effects some medicines can have on the heart, muscles and other organs. Some people claim it also helps fight periodontal disease.

Magnesium: The “feel good” mineral

Magnesium is often used in emergency-room treatment of migraine attacks. Regular supplementation has also been shown effective at reducing migraine attacks and pain. But that’s just the start! It also helps manage stress, fight insomnia, balance your mood, improve digestive health, reduce fatigue and protect your heart.

THE EXTRA BENEFITS OF PROVEN HERBAL SUPPLEMENTS

Extracts of butterbur and feverfew are today’s best-researched herbal options for preventing migraines. In addition, butterbur has anti-inflammatory properties. Inflammation plays a role in arthritis, gout and even heart conditions. Butterbur and feverfew may also help alleviate symptoms of asthma, allergies and histamine intolerance. According to WebMD, people also take feverfew for fever, irregular menstrual periods, arthritis, psoriasis, ringing in the ears (tinnitus), and nausea and vomiting.

BONUS BENEFITS FROM EXERCISE & RELAXATION

Yoga, exercise, biofeedback, visualization and other relaxation techniques can all help improve your body’s resiliency against migraine triggers. They can also help you manage stress, lower your blood pressure and cholesterol, strengthen your bones, and help reduce the risks of cancer, diabetes and arthritis.

Bottom line: Natural preventives like these can be effective in managing your migraines. They do it without causing worrisome side effects like drowsiness, weight gain, foggy thinking—and worse—that come with OTC and prescription preventives. In addition to not causing harm, these natural options can do a lot of good for your overall health, stamina and emotional well-being.

Want to put more “multitasking” into your prevention strategies? Start with our at-a-glance PDF chart: Quick Guide to the Extra Benefits of Natural Migraine Prevention

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  • Sleeping longer after the stress is over. Migraine sufferers can be very sensitive to changes in their sleep schedule with both too much and not enough sleep being a trigger.
  • During periods of stress, you may drink more caffeine. When stress eases off, you may experience headaches triggered by caffeine withdrawal. This can happen even if you have coffee, but drink it later than normal.

What you can do: Try to keep your routine steady. Look ahead and plan for times when a let-down migraine is likely. Allow yourself to de-stress gradually rather than going from full stress to full relaxation. Plus, use every prevention technique you can! This is critical because every migraine can increase your sensitivity to triggers and pain. Stress management is also key component because managing stress helps manage the hormonal fluctuations and inflammatory changes that can trigger migraines.

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The Migraine Preventive that Seems to Work for EVERYONE

Each migraine sufferer has his or her own unique triggers. That’s why different preventives work—or don’t work—for different people. But mounting research reveals one preventive that seems to reduce migraine frequency and severity for everyone: a low-fat diet.

In one study, migraine sufferers followed a low-fat diet (less than 15% of calories from fat) for three months. Nearly all reported at least 40% fewer headaches. Plus, the pain of these migraines was only one-third as severe and lasted about one-third as long compared to before the low-fat diet.

According to the National Institutes of Health, research indicates that high levels of blood lipids and high levels of free fatty acids can trigger migraine headaches. This is because these high fat levels interfere with serotonin and prostaglandin, causing blood vessels to dilate and setting the stage for migraines.

The Take-away: If you’re eating an average of 2,000 calories a day, you don’t want more than 300 of those calories to come from fat. Here are some practical ways to reduce the fat in your diet:

  • Check nutrition labels for the amount of fat per serving
  • Eat lots of fruits and vegetables -- they’re fat free
  • Eat a moderate amount of low-fat dairy and 5-7 ounces of lean meats, fish, and poultry (total per day)
  • Chill soups, gravy and stew and remove fat that hardens on the top before reheating

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