Money may not grow on trees. But the solution to your migraines might. If you get migraine headaches and can?t find a medication or supplement that works for you, I may have found just the answer. And you can buy it without a prescription in any health food store.
Researchers recently found that free radicals, which your body produces naturally, may cause migraines. They also found that treating migraines with an antioxidant formula can bring tremendous relief.
In the study, the researchers evaluated the participants over three months. They wanted to know how frequent they had headaches - and how severe they were. Then they gave the patients a formula consisting of 120 mg of pine bark extract (otherwise known as Pycnogenol), 30 IU of vitamin E, and 60 mg of vitamin C. The patients took this formula for another three months. They also continued to take their headache medications.
The researchers found that the participants had almost half as many headaches. What?s more, on a scale of 1 to 10, their severity of pain dropped from 7.5 to 5.5. If this doesn?t sound like a lot to you, you don?t suffer from migraines. Any relief is welcome.
Many people use Pycnogenol for its ability to prevent and treat chronic venous insufficiency. This is a condition that can lead to varicose veins and blood clots. Its extract strengthens the walls of blood vessels. Pycnogenol also enhances the immune system. It?s safe to try with one exception.
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Since it supports the immune system, don?t take it if you have an autoimmune disease, such as lupus, Crohn?s disease, or multiple sclerosis. If you?re already taking a multivitamin/mineral you?re probably getting plenty of vitamins C and E. Try taking 120 mg of Pycnogenol along with your multi. Then see if it helps your headaches or not. You can find 100 mg of Pycnogenol from Source Naturals in most health food stores.
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Dr. Janet Zand
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Sanders, R. "Pine bark extract is a potent antioxidant and may help boost the effects of vitamin C and other antioxidants, UC Berkeley scientists report," UC Berkeley news release, February 1998.