A recent study showed that melatonin is an effective treatment for migraine headaches.
Study participants had a history of 2 to 8 migraines per month. They were divided into three groups, those taking 3 mg of melatonin, 25 mg of amityptyline (an antidepressant drug commonly used to prevent migraines), and placebo. The melatonin group had better results than either of the other two groups. The criteria for improvement included less headaches per month, reduced migraine intensity and duration, and reduced use of pain killers. (more…)
Quinoa is native to South America. The pre-Columbian Incas saw it as a sacred food, calling it chisaya mama (mother grain). They planted the first seeds of the season in religious ceremonies using golden tools. Depriving the people of quinoa was one of the means the Spanish used to conquer the Incas. In recent years, people who value nutrition have begun to appreciate the wisdom of the Incas in esteeming this food which offers a host of health benefits. (more…)
Migraines often result from dietary inadequacies. Dietary inadequacies can result from diets deficient in particular nutrients or from metabolic errors. A full 80 to 90 percent of all migraine patients in one study tested positive for food allergies. The best remedy for food allergies is to correct improper gut function. (more…)
My dad used to eat almonds all the time, he said it helped with his headaches and joint pain. I inherited this condition, lucky me… and I’m not sure if they work or not but I eat them once a week. Is there any medicinal truth to the almond folklore?
–C.P., Portland, Oregon
B vitamins are essential to health. Your nerves, skin, eyes, hair, liver, mouth, muscles, gastrointestinal tract, and brain depend on them for proper functioning. They are coenzymes that are involved in energy production and are also useful for alleviation of depression and anxiety.
As we get older our ability to absorb B vitamins from our food declines. In some Alzheimer’s patients, it was found that the problem was due to a deficiency of vitamin B-12 plus vitamin B-complex in an accepted multivitamin. (more…)
The migraine headache is considered a vascular headache, although the precise mechanism and etiology remain unknown. There are several known triggers some of which include food allergies, blood sugar disturbances, stress load, mechanical injury, and hormonal fluctuations. The vascular hypothesis of migraine, first proposed by Wolff, theorizes that the aura of migraine is caused by intracerebral constriction followed by extracranial vasodilation resulting in headache pain. (more…)
Here’s another reason to hit the stair-master: A new study from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) has determined that extra belly fat may be a factor in the development of migraines. Although earlier studies found that extra body weight increased the volume and severity of migraines in people who already had them, this study shows a clear link between the onset of the headaches and waist circumference. Also, it indicates that belly fat is more closely linked to migraines than is overall obesity. After reviewing data on 22,000 subjects, researchers at Drexel University in Pennsylvania concluded that indeed, belly fat and migraines were linked. In subjects under the age of 55, women with the extra waist bulge experienced 30 percent more migraines than their trimmer peers. (more…)