Stop Headaches WITHOUT the Risk!
By Terry Lemerond, Author & Co-Owner of Terry Naturally
Whether it's a migraine, tension, sinus, or a cluster headache, a lot of people think that ibuprofen, acetaminophen, or aspirin are their only choices for relief. With very little research, you can see all the side effects and problems these analgesics cause while trying to take away headache pain. Thankfully, there are ways to stop headaches without the risk by using natural ingredients.
Almost everyone gets headaches and when it happens to you, pain relief is foremost on your mind! The problem is the drugs used to treat headaches, can be more dangerous than the headaches themselves. Yet there is widespread belief that they are safe for frequent use, but that's not the case.
Common analgesics, whether it's aspirin, ibuprofen, or acetaminophen, have terrible effects on the liver, heart, mood, and immune system. For example, acetaminophen was recently found to affect serotonin levels and suppress emotion. It destroys glutathione production in the liver and is the number one cause of acute liver failure. In addition to its blood thinning effects, constant aspirin use can cause bleeding in the intestinal tract and the brain and make you more vulnerable to the shingles virus. Ibuprofen slows kidney function, doubles and triples your risk of heart attack and stroke, and causes excruciating "rebound" headaches. You may be shocked to learn that 16,500 people die every year from the adverse effects of ibuprofen! Death is definitely an unacceptable side effect for a headache.
The Nutrients That Stop Headaches
Curcumin: To me, curcumin is the king of botanical medicines. Curcumin is a compound found in turmeric that has been used in India for thousands of years and is well-known for its strong anti-inflammatory properties.
Because of its ability to reduce inflammation, I think it is a must for anyone who deals with any type of headache.
This is why I recommend curcumin that uses turmeric oil for better absorption—up to 500 times that of turmeric—and has better blood retention time. The curcumin gets to where it is needed most and sticks around to help stop headache pain. What are the side effects of curcumin? Stronger DNA, fewer overall aches and pains, and it's very likely you'll have a better state of mind.
Boswellia: If you suffer from cluster headaches, boswellia is an herb you want in your corner. Not only does it fight inflammation differently than many other botanicals—inhibiting 5-LOX where others typically fight COX-2—but it also has been shown to reduce the frequency and intensity of headache pain in individuals with chronic cluster headaches.
Not every boswellia is the same. Unstandardized boswellia, for example, provides very little of one of the most important painfighting compounds. I believe boswellia is most effective when it is standardized to its primary antiinflammatory compound AKBA (acetyl-11-keto-beta-boswellic acid) and beta-boswellic acid, which is a pro-inflammatory compound (the last thing you need when fighting headaches!) that is screened out.
DLPA: Also known as DL-phenylalanine, this amino acid contains two forms of phenylalanine. The "D" form of phenylalanine appears to block a nervous system enzyme (enzyme carboxypeptidase A) that intensifies pain signals and inhibits another enzyme (enkephalinase) that breaks down enkephalins—one of the brain's natural pain-killing and "feel good" chemicals, which is in the same family as endorphins. The "L" form improves mood-elevating chemicals in the brain, such as dopamine, epinephrine, and norepinephrine.
DLPA ultimately converts to tyrosine, which is a precursor to helpful neurotransmitters like dopamine, epinephrine, and norepinephrine; melanin, a healthy pigment in the skin; and thyroid hormone. Many studies have looked at using DLPA for headaches with great results.
Magnesium: This premier mineral helps promote a sound mind and body and has a long history in migraine research. That's because it has been estimated that about half of all migraine sufferers are magnesium deficient. With this in mind, studies have shown that pretreatment with magnesium reduced migraines in children and stopped migraines in adults. Other work shows that magnesium deficiencies are potentially at the root of a number of neurological and mood disorders, including depression and anxiety, which have been treated conventionally with some of the same drugs used for migraines.
Vitamin B6: Vitamin B6 has been shown to reduce the severity and duration of headaches in people who are genetically susceptible to migraines. That's because it helps lower levels of homocysteine, an amino acid that is associated with damage to blood vessel walls and greater risk of stroke. Homocysteine is commonly found in individuals who suffer from migraines with auras.
I recommend vitamin B6 in its pyridoxal-5-phosphate (P-5-P) form. Unlike commonly used pyridoxine hydrochloride, this form of B6 is already in its active form and does not require conversion by the liver before it can be used by the body. Many people are not efficient converters of B vitamins, which is why I recommend they be taken in their active forms whenever possible.
Stop Your Headaches Safely
You can stop headaches without resorting to OTC drugs that destroy your stomach lining, stress your liver, deaden your emotions, and cause terrible "rebound" effects. The ingredients I've recommended here can help stop—and prevent— headaches regardless of their cause or type. You can take them every day without worry because they are effective and safe. If you've been looking for a natural headache solution, this is it! These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
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