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Natural ways to reduce and prevent migraines

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About 28 million people in America suffer from migraines. Migraines usually begin during adolescence or the 20s. Doctors are still unscrambling the mysteries of migraines.

Surprisingly, 52% of migraine sufferers go undiagnosed by their doctors because so many things ranging from genetics, medical conditions, allergies, stress, environmental, sleep, and food or neurovascular imbalances in the brain can cause migraines.

Even though the cause of migraines remains, a mystery the facts remain the same. One in every four homes has someone who suffers from migraines. The National Headache Foundation reported that the working industry loses $31 billion dollars per year due to people calling out sick because of migraines and more than half of migraine sufferers report they are only able to be half as productive at work, school or home when they are experiencing migraines.

Even though it is not entirely clear why people experience migraines, there are ways to reduce and prevent migraines naturally from occurring.

Vitamins & minerals that help to reduce and prevent migraines

Magnesium: This mineral aids in relaxing the brain blood vessels that cause the pain in your head. Magnesium penetrates cell membranes, including the mitochondria. Some of the best drugs used to treat migraines are calcium channel blockers.

Vitamin B2 (riboflavin): Riboflavin, which is vitamin B2, converts energy from carbohydrates. The riboflavin gives your brain more energy, which helps to prevent migraine triggers.

Vitamin B6: This Vitamin is essential so the body can properly use serotonin and dopamine. These neurotransmitters are necessary for normal nerve cell communication. Researchers have found people with low levels of serotonin experience more migraine headaches. Taking Vitamin B6 may help the body utilize these chemicals better. B6 is considered a natural remedy for migraines.

Vitamin B12 & Folic acid: Vitamin B-12 supplements may also be effective for migraine relief if taken along with vitamin B6 and folic acid. A study published in "Pharmacogenetics & Genomics" in June 2009 showed that participants who took all three supplements together saw a reduction in migraine headache frequency and the severity of their pain.

Herbal Supplements

In the last decade, the interest in Alternative Medicine has increased to the point that 38% of American adults use some form of Complementary or Alternative Medicine. Worldwide the numbers are much higher. People worldwide are rejecting the notion that expensive over-the-counter and prescription medications are the only answer to our medical issues and treatment for headaches.

Instead, they are grasping and utilizing the notion of natural remedies to treat headaches. Commonly used herbals used to treat migraines are: Alfalfa Leaf, Barberry Root, Bay Leaf, Brazilian Guarana, Butterbur, Catnip, Cayenne, Chamomile, Dong Quai, Evening Primrose, Feverfew, Ginger Root, Green Tea, Griffonia Seed, Hawthorne Leaf, Honeysuckle, Kola Nut, Lemon Balm, Passion Flower, Peppermint Leaf, Valerian Root, White Willow Bark, Wintergreen and Wood Betony.

Herbal supplements are different from vitamin and mineral supplements in that they are considered to have medicinal value. Herbs, also known as botanicals, are one of humanity's oldest health care tools, and the basis of many modern medicines.

Primitive and ancient civilizations relied on herbs for healing, as do many contemporary cultures throughout the world. In fact, the World Health Organization has estimated that 80% of the world's population continues to use traditional therapies, major parts of which derived from plants.

If you are taking other medications, refrain from taking herbal supplements without first checking with your doctor. Herbal supplements and over-the-counter medications or prescription drugs can combine to cause adverse side effects. Just because an herbal supplement is extracted from, a “natural” source does not render it any less potent than any other chemicals you may ingest.

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