When suffering from migraine there will come a time when the doctor will suggest taking supplements which will help in combating migraine and which are considered effective measures against migraines. There are certain supplements which when taken have been proven to be effective against migraines.
The Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is produced by the body. It is like a vitamin and at the cellular level it helps enzymes create energy. Without this supplement, cells cannot properly work. Certain studies have proven that CoQ10 is effective in reducing and fighting against migraine. The recommended quantity in which one can take this supplement is 100 to 200 mg. The side effects include rashes on the skin, lack of appetite, gastrointestinal distress, flulike symptoms and heartburn. One should consult one’s doctor before taking this supplement because if you have diabetes, liver disease or thyroid disease then one should be careful.
There are several herbs that are thought of as being effective against migraine but out of all of them the only one that has been tested and clinically proven is the herb called Feverfew. Feverfew comes from the family of chrysanthemums and marigolds. It improves the circulation of the blood vessels in the brain and reduces inflammation. It is the only herb where the side effects are very less and one can try it to see if it works against migraine. The dosage is determined by the powdered leaves of this herb and one should take around 100- 125 mg of these powdered leaves.
The only patients who should not be taking this herb are women who are trying to get pregnant or are pregnant as well as those who are taking blood thinners as it can cause harm to the individual.
One of the natural anti inflammatories are the Omega-3 fats. It helps in reducing the severity of the migraine, its duration as well as its frequency. One can use the fish oil supplements if you are unable to get sufficient amount of Omega-3 fats in your diet. The two most beneficial omega fats are DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and the combination of both should be taken in 1000 mg. Since different brands come up with different levels of this combined DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid), one has to be sure and read up on how many capsules can one can take in order to reach the level of 1000 mg.
Since they are fragile, one should store them in a refrigerator otherwise they can go rancid. There are varieties of these supplements that are enteric-coated and one can take them to avoid fishy burps. Since it thins the blood, those who are suffering from platelet disorders or from haemophilia should not take this supplement.
What is important is the dosage which is an important thing when taking these supplements as over dosage can lead to complications and one should also keep in mind that if a patient is suffering from any other health complications then it is advisable to consult the doctor first before taking these supplements as prevention is better than creating new problems for oneself.