I have suffered from migraines most of my adult life.
Q. Hello Terry, “I have suffered from migraines most of my adult life. Sometimes coffee can take the edge off, but I don’t always have it with me when a migraine strikes. What else can I do?” — Lisa S., Waukegan, IL
A. Dear Lisa, Caffeine can be very beneficial for all types of pain, especially headaches and migraines. In fact, caffeine is added to numerous over-the-counter pain medications because it is so effective. There is even a portion of the population that responds exceptionally well to the pain fighting abilities of caffeine. Caffeine helps to improve mood and balance the neurotransmitters (chemical messengers in the brain), acts as an anti-inflammatory, supports the blood vessels, and blocks certain pain signals in the nervous system that allow the body’s natural pain killers to work more effectively. All of these properties help to make caffeine great for neutralizing the pain and discomfort of migraines. While coffee may not always be available, taking caffeine in a supplement formula can be much more convenient.
In addition to caffeine, I also think that a highly absorbable curcumin, boswellia, DLPA, vitamin B6 (in the human form, P-5-P), and magnesium would be very useful. Each ingredient works in a slightly different manner to stop – and prevent – headaches regardless of their cause or type. Plus, these ingredients work synergistically with caffeine. I would take all of these ingredients one to three times per day.
Terry . . . Naturally