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HeadWay, Issue #094 -- Don't Make Me Change What I Eat!
April 30, 2012
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In this month's issue:
Don't Make Me Change What I Eat!
A Rising Star: Butterbur
Say what?! Alkaloid
Don't Make Me Change What I Eat!When you're in pain - perhaps in constant pain - it's really hard to think about changing how you eat. After all, you look in the cupboard for something that will just ease the pain a bit - or at least help you forget it. You're not likely to be thinking about calories or fat intake or a balanced diet.
Trust me, I've been there.
Still, diet remains one of the most powerful ways to fight migraine, headache, and any kind of bad health. Small changes can lead to big improvements.
So for the patient who is being dragged kicking and screaming into better health, here are some of our easiest, least complicated tips:
A Rising Star: ButterburThe herb butterbur is a rising star in the world of migraine treatment. From something that very few had heard of ten years ago, butterbur has become one of the top migraine treatments out there.
An extract of the petasites hybridus root, butterbur is being recommended as a migraine preventative. Not only is it one of the top treatments for adult migraineurs, it's recommended for children as well.
Few side effects have been associated with butterbur. Burping and drowsiness are sometimes reported.
Recently, butterbur has risen to the top of the list when it comes to complementary treatment for migraine, in new guidelines just released.
As with any natural supplement, you need to be very careful where you buy it from. Butterbur naturally has toxic alkaloids, which may damage your liver and even cause cancer. So don't just buy the cheapest thing off the shelf - do your research first. A well known brand is Petadolex, and you can also get butterbur combined with riboflavin, magnesium, and coenzyme Q10 in Migravent.
Typical doses range between 125mg and 150mg a day. The Petadolex at the link above is 50mg, with a suggested dosage of 50mg three times a day for four weeks, then 50mg twice daily.
Say what?! AlkaloidAn alkaloid is an organic compound containing carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, and usually oxygen, which is derived usually from plants. Alkaloids are "amines", so you'll often recognize their names, such as caffeine, nicotine, theobromine, codeine, etc.
Alkaloids may be good for you or bad for you. Some have been of great medicinal use. Toxic alkaloids are the ones you want to avoid. Today we know of over 10,000 different alkaloids.
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