As we say goodbye to August, we hope you've had a wonderful summer! Unfortunately, as we move into fall, readers tell us they're dreading "migraine season." But you don't have to!

While several studies show that people experience significantly more headaches of all types from September through November, there's plenty you can do to minimize your own migraine risks. In this issue we look at ways to do that, including why an apple a day may not be such a good idea. Plus, how do you know if a natural migraine product is really effective? Read on to see how neurologists decide...

And, as always, please let us know about any questions or topics you'd like us to address in upcoming issues.

Tina Sanders

Linpharma Customer Education

Preventing Seasonal Migraines: Strategies for Fall

For many migraine sufferers, changes in the weather can trigger attacks. The change from summer to fall can be a particularly difficult time. Fortunately, the more you know about what can cause migraines this time of year, the more you can do to "autumn-proof" your regular migraine-prevention strategy. Start by spotting these 5 potential migraine-starters:

1. MOLD. Autumn leaves are beautiful until they start falling. Piles of we leaves can breed leaf mold and mycotoxins that stress your nervous system, leading to pain and inflammation. Plus, that moldy smell is unhealthy-coming from VOCs (volatile organic compounds). Mold can even cause dehydration, another common migraine trigger. Keep leaves raked (delegate the task or wear a mask) and be on the lookout for household leaks or other damp spots that could be breeding mold.

2. DRY AIR. In fall, the humidity drops and the heat comes on. We gather around the fireplace. That's cozy, but the drier air can increase the chances of migraines. Use a home humidifier and stay well-hydrated.

Can just one hour make a difference? Dr. Stewart Tepper, a headache pain specialist at the Cleveland Clinic says that going off Daylight Savings Time does indeed seem to be a trigger. The onset of headaches seems to be caused by the disruption of natural Circadian rhythms that alters levels of serotonin and melatonin. If you experience migraines regularly at this time of year, check with your doctor about a melatonin supplement.

4. APPLES and ALLERGIES. Fall is apple season and-depending on which types you choose-apples could indeed trigger autumn migraines (see article below).

5. ALLERGIES. If you have allergies or hay fever, you're more likely to suffer migraines. While more research is needed to understand how allergies and migraines are linked, University of California researchers found that people who experienced both migraines and rhinitis and who received allergy shots had 52 percent fewer migraines than those who didn't get the shots. Dr. Richard Lipton of the Einstein College of Medicine at Yeshiva University, who contributed to the study says, "if rhinitis exacerbates migraine, as these results suggest, treating rhinitis may provide an important approach." (Note that butterbur has natural antihistamine properties which may contribute to its value as part of a migraine prevention strategy).

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Apples: Good or Bad For Migraines?

Recently, O Magazine published an article by Jancee Drum titled, "The Diet Cure." In it, she shared the story of a woman whose "skull-busting headaches" were triggered by eating an apple a day. Since research has shown that the fragrance of apples can actually stop migraines for some people, we wanted to dig a little deeper. Here's what we found:

The scent of GREEN apples has been shown to reduce migraine pain for some people. In a small study, for example, people who found the smell pleasant reported a significant reduction in the severity of their headache when they sniffed freshly cut green apples. Also, the tartness of green apples comes from malic acid is helpful for pain relief.

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The skin of RED apples contains tannins which are a known migraine trigger. Tannins cause blood vessels to constrict and are also present in apple cider and cider vinegar.

Both RED and GREEN apples contain quercetin (red apples contain far more). Quercetin is a bioflavonoid that supports vein and capillary health. It is also a natural antihistamine and anti-inflammatory.

TRY THIS: Keep a headache diary and note any attacks-or improvements-that seem related to apples. If red apples seem to be a trigger, you may want to try peeling them to see if that gives you the antihistamine and anti-inflammatory benefits without the headache-causing tannins.
How Do We Know Natural Migraine Products Work

For many natural products, claims of effectiveness are "anecdotal"-people say they work. When it comes to your health, you want evidence, and evidence is what it takes for a natural product to earn the trust of the healthcare community. In 2012, the Quality Standards Subcommittee of the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) reviewed years of clinical research on several natural products used for migraine prevention: CoQ10, Magnesium, Feverfew, Riboflavin, Histamine and Petasites (the same patented PA-free brand of butterbur extract as Petadolex®).

After reviewing the literature on studies of these natural products, the AAN divided these six products into three categories, basically: Effective, Probably Effective and Possibly Effective. To see the results, CLICK HERE.

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