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Re: menstrual migraines
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Re: menstrual migraines

Here is a write up I have done on migraines previously:

Migraines start when the blood vessels around the brain constrict tightly, then rebound vasodilate leading to inflammation. There can be multiple triggers including dietary amines, allergies, hormones, bright lights, etc. So anyone suffering from migraines should keep a migraine log to look for their trigger so this can be addressed as well. Anytime a migraine occurs list whatever was eaten, or drunk, what you were exposed to (fumes, pollen, etc.), if a woman is it near her menstrual cycle, bright lights, etc. The best supplements for migraines are magnesium, kudzu, and coleus forskohlii. Magnesium deficiencies are common and can lead to a host of problems, including frequent migraines. Calcium causes blood vessels to contract, leading to the initial constriction. Magnesium is a calcium antagonist, and relaxes blood vessels to help prevent the initial vasoconstriction. For this reason the magnesium should be taken by itself, not with any calcium. This includes with foods that may contain calcium. So it is best taken on an empty stomach at least 30 minutes before meals. Recommended dose is 300mg twice daily, morning and afternoon, on an empty stomach. If you take a calcium/magnesium supplement this is best taken at night before bed. Kudzu and coleus forskohlii are both vasodilators to help prevent the initial vasoconstriction. Recommended dose is 2 capsules of either herb 3 times daily before meals, and in addition at the first signs of an impending migraine. Kudzu is preferred if there are hormonal imbalances. Forskohlii though is an excellent anti-inflammatory since it blocks both inflammatory prostaglandins and leukotrienes.

By the way, wine can contain migraine triggering amines. Some wines also contain sulfites that can cause allergic reactions, which in turn can trigger a migraine.

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