I’ve been experiencing more frequent tension headaches with all the change in my work and home life recently.
Q. Dear Terry, “I’ve been experiencing more frequent tension headaches with all the change in my work and home life recently. What can I try to get rid of these headaches?” – Courtney O., Austin, TX
A. Dear Courtney, 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 disorders. In fact, 47 percent—almost half of the population on 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. When it comes to headaches, I think the following nutrients can be very helpful: curcumin with turmeric essential oil, boswellia, DLPA, vitamin B6, and magnesium.
Curcumin is a potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, which can contribute to headaches. Boswellia has been shown to decrease the frequency and intensity of headaches, like chronic cluster headaches. DLPA is utilized in neurotransmitter formation and can help increase the mood-elevating chemicals in the brain. Magnesium deficiencies have been shown to be prevalent in people suffering from headaches, especially migraines. Lastly, vitamin B6 can decrease the severity and duration of headaches. I would take these ingredients one to three times per day.
Terry . . . Naturally