By Anil Minocha MD, author of Wall Street Journal Best Seller Dr. M's Seven-X Plan for Digestive Health
Many patients do not obtain the expected relief from migraine headaches by using the myriad medications alone. Complementary and alternative medicine is playing increasing role in the patient's preferences. Lifestyle modifications and use of supplements has frequently been recommended.
Drs. Sun-Edelstein and Mauskop from the The New York Headache Center, New York reviewed the role of the role of food triggers and supplements for treatment and revention of migraine headaches. The findings were published in the Clinical Journal of Pain.
They studied the English language literature on preclinical and clinical studies pertaining to food triggers and supplements and migraines. They concluded as follows:
1. A thorough food/nutritional history using food diaries can help identify food triggers.
2. A subset of patients may be sensitive to foods that trigger headaches and these include the following:
3. There is evidence to support the use of certain vitamins and supplements for preventing migraine headaches and many have been endorsed by the American Headache Society and American Academy of Neurology 2012:
- Petasites hybridus aka butterber
- Mig-99 or Feverfew
- Coenzyme Q10
- Alpha lipoic acid
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