Migraines are very painful headaches that usually begin on only one side of the head and may become worse with exposure to light. Today is Monday, “scientifically proved” to be the most common day for migraine headaches. So, no better day to inform you a little bit more about this painful condition and show a few good natural ways to treat migraines.
Around 18% of American women and 6% of men are affected by migraine headaches but mainstream medicine has yet to find a safe, long-term way to prevent this debilitating condition. Scientists have recently uncovered that migraines may cause lasting brain damage that is closely related to the changes seen in seizures, strokes, and dementia.
Migraines are commonly preceded by warning symptoms such as depression, irritability, restlessness, loss of appetite, and visual disturbances. Migraines may also involve nausea, vomiting, and changes in vision. Smoking and birth control pills can be additional contributing factors in migraines.
A few natural substances have now been found to be effective in preventing and often in treating migraine headaches. Studies have shown that magnesium, butterbur, feverfew, and vitamin B2 are great alternative ways to battle migraines.
Magnesium targets the underlying mechanisms of migraines, improving brain blood flow and restoring balance to the brain chemicals neurotransmitters. Taking 200 mg of this mineral in a well-absorbed supplement two or three times a day may help reduce migraine frequency and relieve symptoms.
Butterbur extract has been shown to significantly reduce the frequency of migraine attacks, when taking about 75 mg twice a day of an extract standardized containing at least 15% petasins.
Feverfew is the most frequently used herb for the long-term migraine prevention. Continuous use of standardized feverfew extract delivering 250 mcg of parthenolide per day may reduce the severity, duration, and frequency of migraine headaches.
Lastly, vitamin B2 can also be effective at reducing the frequency and severity of migraine headaches.
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