Q. Dear Terry, “My teenage son started developing headaches the past few months. I think it may be due to the extra screen time from his online school. I’m trying to limit his screen time outside of school work to see if it helps. Is there anything I can give him to hopefully prevent these headaches from worsening?” – Solange M., San Diego, CA
A. Dear Solange, Research has shown that screen time can contribute to the development of migraines in young adults. It makes sense that limiting screen time may help with other forms of headache as well. The cause of headaches can vary widely, but generally there is some underlying inflammation. I have some recommendations for his headaches, but I also think you should let his healthcare practitioner know of any supplementation in case they have further input.
There are natural 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.
CoQ10 can be difficult for some people to absorb. Fortunately, there is an enhanced absorption delivery system that can boost absorption by eight times. This type of CoQ10 can also be found in a chewable form, which is a great option for people who have difficulty with pills or capsule. I would take 100 mg of CoQ10 per day.
Terry . . . Naturally
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