As 2015 draws to a close, we would like to take this opportunity to thank our readers for taking such an active interest in this newsletter. We truly appreciate your comments and ideas.

We would also like to comment briefly on something you may have seen in the news: The FDA's "sweep" of dietary supplements revealed products failing to meet current Good Manufacturing Practices, labeling requirements and product purity standards. We applaud the FDA's efforts. In Europe, supplements must meet extremely rigorous standards so doctors can prescribe supplements with the same level of confidence as they prescribe drugs. The FDA's efforts are good news, especially since having access to high-quality supplements can be so important for migraine prevention.

Best wishes for a safe and healthy start to the New Year!

Tina Sanders

Linpharma Customer Education

Gentle Yoga: Good for a Healthier Heart and Fewer Migraines

IWe all know that regular exercise helps keep our hearts-and heads-healthier. However, overly intense exercise can actually trigger migraines for about 22% of migraine sufferers. Yoga may be the perfect answer. Of course, there are nearly 20 different types of yoga, including intense Bikram Hot Yoga. It's important to choose one of the gentler forms.

30 minutes of daily yoga can reduce migraine frequency and intensity

A study published in the International Journal of Yoga examined three groups of chronic migraine sufferers: those who received only conventional treatment, those who received only yoga therapy, and those who received conventional treatment plus yoga therapy. Participants performed relaxing yoga for 30 minutes a day, five days a week for six weeks. Compared with those receiving only conventional treatment, the yoga-practicing groups:

• Reported significantly fewer episodes
• Experienced less intense migraine symptoms
• Significantly lowered their scores on the Headache Impact Test that doctors use to assess migraine's impact on a patient's life (to view a copy of a HIT questionnaire CLICK HERE)

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Slow, gentle forms of yoga promote better circulation and relaxation. It also helps alleviate stress-a common migraine trigger. In the study above, yoga therapy was found to enhance the tone of the brain's vagus nerve. Other research suggests that stimulating this nerve can help prevent migraines. At the same time, yoga decreased the stimulation of participants' sympathetic nervous systems. This reduced over-activity that can contribute to cardiovascular problems. The yoga therapy also improved participants' levels of the endorphins and hormones that help control how people experience pain and perceive anxiety.

Best poses

If exercise does tend to trigger your migraines, yoga experts say the key is keeping your head above your heart. Poses that let you do this include the Cat Pose, Half Lord of the Fishes, Seated Eagle, Child's Pose, and Knees to Chest. Be sure you let your yoga instructor know that you experience migraines-he or she can help you with a routine that will be most beneficial.

Plus, anytime you exercise be sure to drink plenty of water. Dehydration is a prime migraine trigger.

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A Well-Timed Snack Reduces Migraine Risk

According to Lee Peterlin, a neurologist and director of Johns Hopkins' headache research, a late night snack can reduce the risk of migraine attack by about 40 percent.
What kind of snack is best? Peterlin recommends keeping it small and healthy, such as a few nuts or a piece of fruit. This will help maintain your blood sugar through the night.

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TRY THIS: Consider a bedtime snack of walnuts. Among all the varieties of nuts, walnuts are the champs for containing good amounts of Omega-3s. The natural anti-inflammatory properties of Omega-3s may, studies suggest, help with migraines. As yet another benefit, walnuts contain magnesium-a nutrient recommended for migraine prevention. So, with a late-night snack of walnuts, you get triple help preventing migraines.
Interesting Research on Red Wine and Migraines

Compared to white wines, red wine contains higher levels of phenols and 20 to 200 times more histamine. No wonder red wine is more likely to trigger a migraine. But if you love red wine, you'll be interested in research showing that some types of red wine are less likely to trigger migraines.

Researchers at Brazil's Rio Headache Center studied migraine patients' response to drinking four different kinds of red wine: a malbec, tannat, cabernet sauvignon and merlot. The malbec and tannat were highest in tannins-flavonoids that have a drying effect and have been show to increase the brain's production of serotonin (changes in serotonin levels have been linked to migraines). While 90% of participants experienced migraines within 12 hours of drinking the wines, it was found that wines with the highest levels of tannins (the malbec and tannat) proved most likely to trigger migraine attacks.

No one is sure why red wine may trigger headaches: it may be the phenols or histamine, but Dr. Krymchantowski-director of the Rio study-suggests that it may be the tannins. If you absolutely must sip a red wine from time to time, go with a cabernet sauvignon, merlot of other lower-tannin variety. Note also that if histamine is a trigger for you, a butterbur supplement may be helpful because it inhibits the production of histamine.

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