I was diagnosed with chronic migraine syndrome.
Q. Dear Terry, “I was diagnosed with chronic migraine syndrome back in February 2012. I suffer from headaches, nausea and dizziness every day. I would kill to have a day without a headache and the feeling that I could throw up at any minute. Do you have any suggestions that could help?” — Deanne K., New Haven, CT
A. Dear Deanne, I believe I can offer you some alternative nutritional options. However, I encourage you to discuss the use of dietary supplementation with your physician, as they may have additional input regarding a supplement regimen.
When it comes to headaches and migraines, there are a number of supplements that may be of benefit to you. I suggest you start by adding vitamin B2, magnesium, and CoQ10 to your supplement regimen. I have also listed additional recommendations. You do not need to use all of the suggestions, but I wanted to provide multiple options so you can find the combination that works best for you.
I would first recommend trying a combination of high-absorption curcumin with boswellia, DLPA and nattokinase to address the pain you are experiencing. Each ingredient works in a slightly different manner to get you comfortable as quickly as possible. I advise taking 1-2 capsules of this blend three times a day.
Vitamin B2 (riboflavin), in particular, has been shown to reduce the frequency and duration of migraines in preliminary studies. In fact, one study indicated that people who took riboflavin had more than a 50% decrease in the number of attacks. I recommend taking 400 mg of vitamin B2 daily.
Magnesium is an extremely important mineral for nervous system function. People with migraines often have lower levels of magnesium compared to people who do not have migraines, and several studies suggest that magnesium may reduce the frequency of migraine attacks. Some studies also suggest that magnesium may be helpful for women whose migraines are triggered by their periods. I recommend taking 300-400 mg of magnesium daily. Look for a formula that features magnesium in the form of magnesium glycinate chelate. This form of magnesium is well-absorbed and doesn’t cause loose stools or gastrointestinal upset, which can be present with certain other forms of magnesium.
Coenzyme Q10, also called CoQ10, is very healthy in general and an excellent addition to your daily supplement routine. In one study, 150 mg of CoQ10 each day reduced migraine occurrence about 50% over the course of three month’s use. I would suggest using the active form of CoQ10 (called ubiquinol), which is more effective than plain CoQ10 (called ubiquinone). I recommend taking 100 to 200 mg of CoQ10, in the form of ubiquinol, daily.
You may want to also consider using extracts of ginger, feverfew, or purple butterbur. Each of these botanicals has been shown to help people reduce the severity and frequency of migraine headaches. Again, you do not need to use all of the suggestions. Hopefully, by providing a wide range of options, you can find the combination that works best for you.
Terry . . . Naturally