Nutritional Support for Migraine Headaches

A Healthquest Podcast by Steve Lankford

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Doctors and researchers are discovering that nutrition is a viable way to reduce migraine headaches. We now know that specific nutrients can reduce severity and frequency of migraine headaches. They can potentially lead to reduction or elimination of the need for medications. In this interview with Dr. Raj Aggarwal, we will discuss the cause of migraines and what you can do. Dr. Aggarwal discusses the 10 things you should do to best manage your headaches.

10 Steps to Headache Management (excerpted from

  1. Understand Your Headaches
  2. Avoid Food Triggers
  3. Avoid Environmental Triggers
  4. Keep a Headache Diary
  5. Daily Exercise
  6. Regular Neck Stretches
  7. Good Sleep Habits
  8. Relaxation and Stress Free Living
  9. Avoiding over-the-counter pain pills like Tylenol, Advil, and Excedrin for frequent headaches
  10. Taking migraine support nutrients

Migraine support nutrients include standardized extracts of butterbur and feverfew, Vitamin B-2, magnesium glycinate and CoQ10. There are multiple studies showing benefit in preventing headaches with these individual ingredients. These ingredients have been recommended by American Academy of Neurology in the Episodic Migraine prevention guidelines, most recently updated in 2012, and published in the Neurology Journal. These nutrients in their clinically studied forms are also endorsed by the American Osteopathic Association and the International Headache Society.

About Dr. Raj Aggarwal, MD
Raj Aggarwal, MD is the Director, Minneapolis Clinic of Neurology Headache Center, Burnsville, MN. Dr. Aggarwal is a neurologist with expertise in Headaches and Sleep Medicine. He has been in practice at Minneapolis Clinic of Neurology for 15 years. Dr. Aggarwal trained at Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, MI and he is president of MD Innovations, a company engaged in bringing effective natural therapies to consumers. Dr. Aggarwal is a migraine sufferer himself.

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Holy Basil has many beneficial uses and preparations, but the key is finding what's best for you.Steve Lankford is the host of Steve has over 40 years of experience in the natural products industry. His passion is helping others develop nutritional programs that work. At, Steve interviews the experts in the fields of science and nutrition. His in depth explorations and consumer friendly style are designed help listeners learn about the science of nutrition. His guests are some of the most respected experts in the natural products industry.

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NOTE: The statements presented in this podcast should not be considered medical advice or a way to diagnose or treat any disease or illness. Dietary supplements do not treat, cure or prevent any disease. Always seek the advice of a medical professional before adding a dietary supplement to (or removing one from) your daily regimen. WholeFoods Magazine does not endorse any specific brand or product.

Published by WholeFoods Magazine Online, 5/1/2015