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
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!