Those who suffer from migraines can tell you the debilitating effects they have on our lives. While more prevalent in women, men also are affected, and the unfortunate news is that migraines typically tend to run in families. While there are numerous reasons your migraine can be triggered, we hope this list of our top five can help you better understand and control your migraines.
The good news is many of these triggers can be remedied through some lifestyle choices. In no particular order:
- Alcohol Consumption – Try to limit your alcohol intake if you suffer from migraines, especially red wine and beer.
- Emotional Stress – Stress really takes its toll on our bodies, and has shown to be one factor that can trigger migraines. One of the best products we can recommend if this is a key trigger for you is Pure Life’s Gabatrol Stress and Anxiety Formula, which helps relax you and enhances your mood within minutes.
- Medications – You’ve heard all the side effects on TV for the different drugs offered. These medications can trigger migraines, and examples would be birth control pills or Viagra.
- Environment – As with the rest of this list, environmental factors can be different for everyone. Perfumes, flickering or glaring lights, head trauma, and more are common causes.
- Foods – Certain foods can cause your migraines to trigger, particularly if they include monosodium glutamate or nitrates. Other food triggers can include ripened cheeses, chocolate, caffeine, shellfish, and citrus fruits among others.
Now that you better understand the triggers of migraines, what can be done to help minimize their frequency? There are an abundance of nutrients that can help with these triggers, and these five are excellent choices we’d recommend to our customers.
- Magnesium – As many as 50% of migraine sufferers also show magnesium deficiencies during their attack. Bringing the balance of magnesium and calcium back to appropriate levels can lead to relief of these symptoms. A product such as NutraMedix’s Serrapeptase is formulated with a mix that includes magnesium stearate, and offers pain relief.
- Butterbur root – This nutrient has anti-inflammatory effects, and has shown in several studies to reduce the frequency of attacks.
- Feverfew – Feverfew features pain-relieving effects, such as anti-inflammation that make the migraine a little less debilitating.
- Riboflavin – Multiple studies have suggested that riboflavin can curb the frequency and duration of migraines when given daily doses of the nutrient. Life Extension’s Migra-Eeze combines servings of both butterbur and riboflavin, and is a fantastic option if you are looking minimize symptoms and frequency.
- Coenzyme Q10 – As our blog on Coenzyme Q10 explained, this nutrient helps reduce the amount of migraine headaches, in addition to several other health benefits.
We hope you found this article helpful, and we hope it can offer some solutions to managing your migraine problems! As always, if you have specific concerns or conditions, we at DR Vitamin Solutions would be happy to make more specific supplement recommendations to complement your basic foundation. You can leave us a comment here, or use the contact information listed on our website.
By David Benic, DR Vitamin Solutions