Q. Dear Terry, “I’ve been getting more headaches while working on my computer from home. I try to take short breaks from my computer, but with my workload, it can be difficult some days. Are there any vitamins or herbs I can try?” – Georgiana M., New Orleans, LA
A. Dear Georgiana, 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.
Because of its ability to reduce inflammation, curcumin is a must for anyone who deals with 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.
Lastly, I think coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) could be very beneficial for alleviating and preventing headaches. Two forms of supplemental CoQ10 are available, and that may lead to some confusion about which is best. My answer is: they are both good choices. The classic ubiquinone form is technically what we call CoQ10. It has been used in clinical research for over 20 years. Ubiquinone is generally more cost effective, but it requires conversion into the active form and may not work for everyone. The ubiquinol form is referred to as reduced or bioactive CoQ10. This form of CoQ10 is a good option for people who are older, may have liver issues, or other health conditions. I would take 100 mg of CoQ10 per day.
Terry . . . Naturally
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