I have been getting tension headaches almost daily.
Q. Hello Terry, “I have been getting tension headaches almost daily. I’ve heard that magnesium can help, is there anything else you suggest?” — MaryAnn K., Vancouver, Canada
A. Dear MaryAnn, Headaches are one of the most commonly reported sources of pain. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), headaches are the number one most common nervous system disorder. In fact, 47 percent—almost half of the population of the planet—had some form of headache in the past year. Most common in America are tension headaches—up to 80 percent of us experience them, some for up to three months at a stretch!
Fortunately, there are ingredients that can stop the inflammation and blood vessel constriction associated with headaches, and keep them from returning.
You may want to consider taking the following combination: highly absorbable curcumin, boswellia, DLPA, vitamin B6, and magnesium. Magnesium is very useful for headaches, but make sure you find a magnesium that is chelated (or bound to) the amino acid glycine. Cheap forms of magnesium can cause loose stools and exert little to no benefit in the body.
There is also a percentage of headache sufferers who experienced enhanced pain relief from caffeine. If you are one of those people then you may also want to add caffeine to the aforementioned nutrients. Each ingredient works in a slightly different manner to stop—and prevent—headaches regardless of their cause or type. I suggest you take these ingredients one to three times per day.
Terry . . . Naturally