Because February is National Heart month, this issue looks at the connection between migraines and heart disease and why migraine suffers must pay special attention to popular OTC migraine remedies that can actually increase that already-heightened risk of stroke and heart attack. We also look at what common migraine triggers seem to have in common, and why those "Migraine Crusher" smoother recipes on Pinterest might work!

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Tina Sanders

Linpharma Customer Education

OTC Pain Killers That Boost Your Heart Attack Risks

As we've discussed in earlier issues of this newsletter, research shows that women who suffer migraines with aura appear to be at higher risk for heart attacks, stroke and dangerous blood clots. One of the leading researchers in this field, neurologist and migraine specialist Noah Rosen, MD, points out that the medical community has long known that migraine with aura was associated with a higher risk of cardiovascular problems, but that recent research "shows just how big this risk is."

Unfortunately, popular over-the-counter migraine remedies can actually increase your risks.

The extra risks of NSAIDs for migraine sufferers

NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) include commonly used OTC migraine remedies such as ibuprofen and naproxen. In 2003, another NSAID-prescription Vioxx-was taken off the market after causing 140,000 heart attacks. While ibuprofen and naproxen remain on the market, the FDA has strengthened its warnings about all NASAIDs, including:

• Taking NSAIDs increases the risk of having a heart attack or stroke.
• That risk can increase even with short-term use.
• That risk can develop within a few weeks of starting to take an NSAID

Because migraines already increase your chance of experiencing cardiovascular problems, NSAIDs can be a double whammy. Why take a "remedy" that actually increases your risks?

The importance of natural prevention

Natural migraine prevention gives you a heart-healthy alternative. By reducing both the frequency and severity of migraine attacks, supplements and other natural approaches can reduce your need for OTC and prescription NSAIDs-and the potential heart attack, stroke and blood clot risks that come with them.

You can give up those risks without giving up effectiveness!
The fact is that research shows several natural supplements are effective in reducing the frequency and severity of painful episodes. In fact, the herbal supplement butterbur has been shown to be more effective than NSAIDs. With such good alternatives available, you can literally get "pure" relief-the kind that doesn't come with hidden risks for heart health.

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What Common Migraine Triggers Have in Common

Our last issue talked about how tannins in red wine can trigger headaches. That got us looking at other common foods that trigger migraines, and you know what we found? Many are also relatively high in tannins. Tannins are naturally occurring plant phenols. Beer, coffee, apple cider and nuts can have high concentrations.
Two things surprised us most:

1. The high level of tannins in tea: Coffee can have tannins that weigh in at about 90,000 ppm (parts per million). Tannins in tea, however, can soar as high as 270,000 ppm. They're found in black tea and in herbal tea.

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2. Spices and fragrances can contain tannins: Cinnamon, for instance, often triggers migraines and it has concentrated tannins. Tannins can also be found in the fragrances used in shampoos, creams and cleaning products. 

Look back at your headache diary: could an extra cup of strong tea or a spicy scent be triggering your attacks? If tea is a culprit, try stirring in a little milk. This may weaken the tannins because they'll bind with the protein in the milk. Check out our quick guide to reducing tannins in your diet: CLICK HERE


How Smoothies May Crush Migraines

There's a smoothie recipe floating around Facebook, Pinterest and other social media venues that claims to "crush migraines." And it may! Here's why:

The ingredients include coconut water, pineapple, kale, celery, lemon and cucumber. These are all natural sources of magnesium. In fact, the smoothie recipe contains about 216 mg of magnesium. That's just short of the full recommended daily intake for women (for men it's more: 350 mg). Research shows that a magnesium deficiency can indeed be linked to migraines, so an extra boost of magnesium may indeed help stop a migraine.

Even better than crushing a migraine, is preventing one. Doing this means not just boosting magnesium, but actually correcting the deficiency. This typically takes a much higher daily amount of magnesium than diet alone can provide. Dolovent™, for example, contains 600 mg of magnesium.

So, if a migraine strikes, it's worth seeing if a smoothie can help. But the more effective strategy is to see if a high-strength supplement can head migraines off before they strike.

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