A typical response to a sudden headache is taking a Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug (NSAID) like Ibuprofen or Advil, but regularly taking NSAIDs can take a tole on your heart and kidney health. There are a handful of natural supplements available that can provide the same relief and even help prevent more headaches from happening. Below are 4 natural supplements we recommend trying for short term and long-term headache relief.
If you are taking any medications, we recommend meeting with your primary care doctor before taking any of these supplements. Though these supplements are natural, they can still have a reaction with other medications.
Vitamin B2—also known as riboflavin—is a popular natural supplement amongst migraine sufferers. This vitamin helps to reduce the total number of headaches and even reduce migraine medication intake. The recommended dose is 400 milligrams of B2 per day.
Those who suffer from chronic headaches may be deficient in magnesium, a mineral that activates enzymes in the body that is crucial to nerve transmission. Similar to Vitamin B2, those who take magnesium have noticed less frequent headaches and have reduced their headache medication intake.
MyoCalm is a popular magnesium supplement specifically for headaches. It contains a blend of magnesium, calcium, and herbs, and is a great supplement to start with for headache relief and prevention.
Coenzyme Q10 is a substance that the body uses to produce energy and protect cells from damage. Those who take this supplement for headaches have reported a reduction in frequency of headaches. The typical dosage is 300 milligrams per day. Like all other supplements, we recommend speaking with your doctor before taking Coenzyme Q10.
Butterbur—or petasites hybridus—is a flowering plant native to Europe and northern Asia. Butterbur is often used to treat migraines, seasonal allergies, an upset stomach, and ongoing coughing. The herbal supplement can be taken as an oil extract or in pill form.
We recommend trying MigraEze which contains butterbur and other natural ingredients that help prevent and treat headaches.
Arapahoe Chiropractic & Acupuncture in Centennial provides a variety of natural remedies for headaches, including massage therapy, chiropractic care, acupuncture, and natural supplements. For more information or to take advantage of our services, please contact us today!
BY: Dr. Friedman
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