Sunday, May 29, 2011

How to get rid of and prevent headaches ....

Info collected from internet and health books ….


Vitamin B’s – all – 50mg ea 3 times daily (best taken together with probiotics/acidopholus)

Vitamin B2 - (riboflavin) is important in maintaining many of the body’s energy-related processes at the cell level. One study showed that daily supplementation with 400 mg of riboflavin resulted in a significant decrease in headache attacks.

Vitamin B3 (niacin & niacinamide) – up to 300mg (improves circulation and aids in the functioning of the nervous system) – do not take niacin if you have liver disorder, gout or high blood pressure.

Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid) – 1,000mg daily (aids in digestion and stress)

Vitamin B6 – up to 200mg daily (essential - best with lecithin)

Vitamin C – 2,000 to 8,000mg daily (best with bioflavonoids) to assist adrenals and detoxification

Vitamin E – Start with 400iu and increase slowly to 1,200iu daily – use d-alpha tocopherol form.


Calcium – 1,500 mg daily (helps alleviate muscular tension)

Chromium picolinate – 300-600mcg daily (vital in glu8cose metabolism and essential for optimal insulin activity)

Magnesium – 1,000mg daily (deficiency can cause migraines. Relaxes muscles and blood vessels. Aids in carbohydrate metabolism).
Its deficiency has been associated with serotonin and nitric oxide release, changes in blood vessel size, and inflammation, all of which may play a role causing the pain of migraine.

Manganese – important for the maintenance of blood glucose levels (take separately from calcium)

Potassium – 100mg daily

Zinc – 50mg daily (needed for proper release of insulin. Use zinc gluconate for best absorption).



L-Glutamine – 500mg daily



Alpha Lipoic Acid – 600 mg daily (Like riboflavin and CoQ10, alpha lipoic acid is another compound that is important in the energy-related functions of the body’s cells. Some preliminary studies have suggested that it may be helpful in reducing headache frequency)


Brewer’s yeast – aids in stabilising blood sugar levels and has anti-stress factor (high in proteins, minerals and B vitamins)

Bromelain – 500mg as needed (An enzyme that helps to regulate the inflammatory response)

Co-enzyme Q10 – 30mg twice daily (improves tissue oxygenation). It also boosts energy, strengthens the immune system, and acts as an antioxidant. Supplementation with 300 mg daily was show in one study to decrease headache frequency, and was effective within one month of treatment.

Lecithin – 1,200mg at onset of headache (works best with vitamin B6)

Melatonin – 10mg before bedtime can reducing frequency of cluster headaches

Protein powders – regulate blood sugar reactions

Royal jelly – 1 tsp twice daily (high in pantothenic acid and many, many nutrients for cell rejuvenation)

Salmon - is a good dietary source of vitamin B-6 or pyridoxine. Vitamin B-6 helps make chemicals called neurotransmitters, which are responsible for sending nerve signals to cells, including those in your brain. This vitamin is also important for normal brain function and growth. Vitamin B-6 helps the body make a serotonin, a hormone that influences your mood. Low levels of serotonin in your body can make you stressed, which can result in headaches. In addition, a deficiency in vitamin B-6 can lead to muscle weakness, trouble concentrating and depression, all factors that can contribute to headaches.

Spirulina – regulates blood sugar


Avocados – contain seven-carbon sugar that assists with low blood sugar

Cayenne – thins the blood, which reduces pain and increases blood flow

Celery – 2oz has properties that can cure migraine in 30 mins. This amount can be doubled. Also regulates blood pressure.

Chamomile – relaxes muscles and soothes tension

Dandelion – excellent source of calcium and supports the pancreas and liver.

Desiccated liver


Evening primrose oil – 500mg 3-4 times daily

Feverfew (not during pregnancy)

Garlic – alleviates blood sugar swings and high blood pressure

Ginkgo Biloba – improves circulation to the brain

Ginger – pain relief (Ginger has been used in China for centuries, in the treatment of pain, inflammation, and musculoskeletal symptoms. It can have some effects on reducing inflammation and may be helpful in the treatment of migraine, especially for people that have nausea with their headaches)

Green peppers – help regulate blood sugar and detoxify

Green Tea – also assists with cell rejuvenation

Guarana – alleviate cluster headaches


Licorice root – helps body respond to stress and nourishes the adrenal glands

Meadowsweet – anti-inflammatory

Milk Thistle – rejuvenates the liver

Parsley – but too much is toxic


Prickly pear – unique components regulating blood sugar – and great hangover cure

Quercetin – 500mg daily

Raspberry leaves

Valerian – sedative (The suggested dose for insomnia is 300 to 600 mg)

TO AVOID (possible triggers)


Artificial sweetners

Caffeine – coffee, tea, etc




Nitrates (such as luncheon meats like polony, etc)

Oral contraceptives – increase in vitamin B6 becomes deficient causing headaches and migraines.

Smoking – can increase headaches

Charcoal can reduce effect of food allergies – take 5 tablets within an hour of eating trigger food. (Must be used with precaution as can also absorb good nutrients)


Eat small amounts regularly – at least 6 times a day (including protein & fibre) – eg crackers with cottage/cream cheese, vegetables, fruits inc grapes and bananas, fish, yoghurt, potatoes, some nuts

Drink plenty water, fruit juice, etc (avoid caffeine and soft drinks which cause dehydration and sugar spikes)

Adopt good sleep habits – inositol and calcium can aid sleeping and alleviate insomnia.

Maintain good posture

Check blood pressure

Do not eat sugary foods after 5pm

Regular massage and sometimes chiropractic manipulation reduces frequency and severity of migraines and headaches

Seratonin (equemote and sulperide) – can reduce tension and regulate blood flow to the brain)

Maintain regular exercise regimen. Eat one to three hours prior to exercise.

Music can have a calming effect and can help relieve migraines and is used in therapy.

Caffeine can actually assist pain relief

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