Sunday, January 17, 2010

Migraines? Try this prevention plan!

I meant to post this blog ages ago because so many of my friends get migraines; however, life has been pretty crazy at my house and for the first time in ages, I have time to blog!

I had been having headaches several times a week, but never thought they were migraines because my symptoms are not typical of migraines. Matt found Dr. Larry McCleary, M.D. on a radio show and was impressed by what he heard. Dr. McCleary is a retired brain surgeon and people ask him all the time what they can do for their brain to help this or change that. So he wrote the book: The Brain Trust Program: A Scientifically Based Three-Part Plan to: Improve Memory, Elevate Mood, Enhance Attention, Alleviate Migraine and Menopausal Symptoms, and Boost Mental Energy.

Needless to say, we bought the book. Matt read it first and gave me to "cocktail" of supplements to prevent migraines. I hunted them down right away and started taking them. Dr. McCleary recommends waiting two months to decide if the supplements are working, and keep a daily record of how you feel so you can track headaches, etc. I noticed a difference in the first week. My headaches at first were not as bad as usual, then they got farther and farther apart! The supplement "cocktail" works!

I will say, starting out feels expensive since you're buying so many meds at once; however, when taking them regularly, the bottles don't all run out at the same time, so it's not too bad replacing the empty ones. I also shopped around and buy in bulk when possible!

Not only did my migraines go away, (I do still get one on occasion, but they're no where near as bad as they used to be), but my memory improved quite a bit. I used to forget what I was saying mid-sentence. I am now able to focus on my homework more easily without constant distraction. And, once I added a healthier diet into the mix, my hot flashes have cut way back. (Yes, I'm experiencing perimenopausal symptoms. UGH.)

The "cocktail" of supplements is on page 207:
Take twice daily for migraine prevention.

400 milligrams Magnesium
100 micrograms Huperzine A
10 milligrams vinpocetine
1 gram taurine
100 milligrams Coenzyme Q10
B Complex
2-3 Omega-3 with DHA and EPA
1 Flaxseed Oil (pills)
1 tsp-1TBsp MCT oil

I have found that I can get good deals at Costco and ebay for these. I get MCT oil, Huperzine, and Taurine on ebay. I get everything else at Costco in bulk. I add the MCT oil into whatever I'm eating in the morning and afternoon snack. It's tasteless and works great for migraine prevention.

I've been taking these supplements since spring of 2009 and now swear by it. If I start getting little headaches, it's typically because I haven't been taking two doses a day. Dr. McCleary discusses what each of these supplements does for the brain and it makes so much sense! I recommend you buy the book for yourself and read through it. In the meantime, you don't have to have a prescription for migraines, get started on this "cocktail" right away!

Bye-bye headaches!


Emma said...

Thanks lady!!!! I dont really get migraines but as you know I sure could use some help with...... Ummmmmm Ya.LOL!!!!!!! Hugs Em

Trish said...

Wondering how you found this long term? Do you still take?

Daisy Patch said...

Trish, Yes, I still take all these supplements. I can go about a week to a week and a half without them and be fine, but then the headaches return. This works well for me and I feel like it's worth the cost to not be taking Rx meds that have side effects. It's about $100 to buy all the supplements to begin. Try it for 6 weeks and track how bad your headaches are each day. I found that by week two my headaches were mostly gone. I buy most of my supplements off amazon where I can buy them in larger amounts for a good price. Many of them I buy the NOW brand. Some of the supplements I buy at Costco, such as the D3, Magnesium, and Omega 3's. Make sure you're not adding any omega 6's or 9's, they are not necessary and cause depression and tons of other problems.

I have recently learned that larger doses of D3 and Omega 3's help reduce depression, so I take 8000 IU's of D3 everyday and equivalent of 4 pills of the Omega 3 Fish Oils, two in the morning & two at night.

I've also found that the American diet is very damaging to the body. I've had to go on an anti inflammatory diet due to swelling in the nerves of my feet, which is very painful. If you would like more details on that, let me know!