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Dietary supplements are not "created equal." Not only do the prices vary widely, but quality is an important issue. Butterbur is a good example. If not processed correctly, it can be toxic. After doing some comparison shopping, here are links to the supplements I use, for headache and Migraine and other reasons, as well as supplements that have been effective for others...

I take these to help with headache and Migraine prevention...

Healthy Origins, CoQ10 Gels, 300 mg, 60 Softgels
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Studies have shown Coenzyme Q10 to be an effective headache and Migraine preventive. The latest recommendations are for 300mg/day, softgels as opposed to tablets or capsules. This is the only 300mg softgel I've been able to find.

Additional info about CoQ10: Coenzyme 10 is a naturally occurring substance that facilitates the production of cellular energy. In every cell in your body, there are small "engines" called mitochondria. Ninety-five percent of the total energy created within the body comes from these mitochondria, and none of it can take place without CoQ10. New studies have also shown that statin drugs, often taken to lower cholesterol, can deplete the body's natural supply of Co10.

Nature's Way, Vitamin B2, 100 mg, 100 Capsule
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The only time I've found B2 in a 400mg tablet was one that someone had developed to market specifically for Migraine prevention. The kicker was that it cost, literally, at least four times as much as taking four 100mg tablets. Worth it? I think not. This bottle will last 25 days, and is quite affordable.

Additional info about Vitamin B2: Vitamin B-2 (riboflavin) is a precursor to coenzymes involved in the growth and repair of skin and tissues lining the gastrointestinal tract, as well as the synthesis of amino acids. It is also necessary for the formation of pigments essential to vision.

Life Extension, Magnesium Caps, 500 mg, 100 Capsules
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Many headache and Migraine specialists recommend supplemental magnesium for prevention. Entire books have been written about it. Doctors vary in their recommendations of how much to take, from 500mg per day to 1,500mg per day.

Additional info about magnesium: Many Americans do not obtain adequate amounts of magnesium in their diets. Magnesium is so inexpensive that everyone should consider supplementing at least 500 mg of magnesium daily. This product provides one of the highest concentrations of elemental magnesium per capsule available on the market.

Source Naturals, Calcium Citrate, 1000 mg, 180 Tablets
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I've taken supplemental calcium for many years for bone, hair, and nail health. With supplemental magnesium, it's essential to add calcium to avoid the problems that can occur when the two aren't well balanced.

Additional info about calcium: Calcium Citrate is a form of calcium that is more soluble and better absorbed by the body than other forms of calcium. Research suggests that people who experience low levels of HCI in the stomach may absorb more calcium from calcium citrate than from calcium carbonate. Calcium citrate can help support and maintain a healthy skeletal system, especially during the menopausal years when bone loss increases.

Also shown effective for headache & Migraine prevention...
Enzymatic Therapy, Petadolex Pro - Active, 60 Softgels
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Butterbur has been shown to be effective for headache and Migraine prevention. However, it must be processed correctly or it can be harmful.

Enzymatic Therapy’s Petadolex Pro – Active contains pure butterbur extract to support healthy blood vessel tone in the head, as well as normal blood flow in the brain.

The exclusive, patented processing ( U.S. Patent #6,551,626 ) used to create Petadolex Pro – Active removes toxins naturally present in butterbur, making it the ONLY safe form available.
For soothing comfort that improves with continued use, trust Petadolex Pro – Active for your entire family – it’s clinically studied to be well tolerated, produces no significant adverse effects and is effective in both adults and children!

The Proven Power of Petadolex®!
Results from 3 – month clinical studies conducted by neurologists show Petadolex Pro – Active can reduce occurrences by as much as 62% following 2 months of continuous use.

These are helpful during a headache or Migraine...
Now Foods, Peppermint Tea, 2 oz (60 g), 30 Tea Bag
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Not only does peppermint tea taste and smell wonderful, I find it helpful for relieving nausea, and hot tea is very soothing for my pain as well.

In the summer, I like to combine this with regular tea for great iced tea, Migraine or not.

Now Foods, Ginger Tea, 2 oz (60 g), 30 Tea Bag
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If you don't care for peppermint, you might like this ginger tea for nausea. Ginger has been used medicinally for centuries.


These, I take for general health...
Natural Factors, Ultra Prim (Evening Primrose Oil), 1000 mg, 90 Softgels
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Ultra Prim Evening Primrose Oil is a natural source of Omega-6 Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs), which are needed by women to help regulate vital body functions and enhance well-being.* Ultra Prim is cold-pressed and refined, and contains Vitamin E as a natural preservative.

I take EPO for multiple reasons. It helps dry skin, hair, and nails; and I need less supplemental estrogen to combat menopausal symptoms when I take EPO every day.

Enzymatic Therapy, Eskimo-3 Naturally Stable Fish Oil, 105 Softgels
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The first fish oil softgel I've found that doesn't have a fishy smell or taste! I refused to take fish oil until a friend recommended this particular product to me.

  • One of the most extensively researched and documented fish oil supplements.
  • Rich in EPA & DHA Omega-3
  • Clinically proven to support cardiovascular health
  • Helps maintain healthy levels of cholesterol already within normal limits.
  • Free from fishy aftertaste found with other fish oil and EPA/DHA products.
Natural Factors, Vitamin C, 1000 mg, 180 Tablets
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• Potent Antioxidant Protection
• Time Release
• Dietary Supplement

This Vitamin C contains no artificial preservatives, color or sweeteners; no dairy, starch, wheat or yeast. Vitamin C 1000 mg Time Release with Citrus Bioflavonoids, Rutin and Rosehips is designed to gradually release nutrients over an eight-hour period. Bioflavonoids enhance the absorption of Vitamin C and act in synergy with Vitamin C to provide antioxidant protection, keep collagen healthy and help increase capillary strength.
Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant which supports healthy bones, cartilage, teeth and gums. It helps protect cells against environmental pollutants and deficiencies in the daily diet.

Suggested Use: 1 tablet per day as directed by a health professional.




Last updated June 11, 2011.

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