Antioxidants could prevent migraines

Antioxidants could prevent migraines

There are many different factors that can cause a migraine. Some sufferers complain of lack of sleep, stress, noise and odors, but a new study shows that these triggers all have something in common, and they can be helped with antioxidants.

In the new study, published in the journal Headache, Dr. Jonathan Borkum at the University of Maine used different research on migraine triggers published between 1990 and 2014 and found that oxidative stress was the link between them. Borkum discovered that the traditional migraine triggers examined in the studies all had a tendency to generate oxidative stress, which is an imbalance in the production of free radicals and the body's ability to detoxify or repair their damage.

"These data hint that an acute migraine attack may be an attempt by the brain to protect itself, and possibly, when you look at certain chemicals released during an attack, to heal itself," Dr. Borkum explained. "Understanding migraines may ultimately teach us how we, too, can protect the brain."

Borkum's report comes after another study on antioxidants and migraines, published in Headache in June. This research followed 33 patients who were diagnosed with chronic migraines and found that those subjects had a lower antioxidant capacity than headache-free subjects.

While it remains inconclusive, Borkum concluded that antioxidants could be useful in thwarting triggers and preventing migraines. Adding a dietary source of antioxidants to your diet can be as simple as eating organic seaweed. Research by Newcastle University found that Seagreens seaweed has a higher antioxidant capacity than fruit and vegetables that is maintained throughout digestion. Because that higher concentration is released within the gut lumen, it provides protection from oxidative damage.

To add more antioxidants to your diet, try Seagreens Food Capsules. Every Seagreens product contains all the minerals, micronutrients, trace elements and vitamins that can be found in all-natural, organic seaweed. Seagreens organic wild wrack seaweeds are produced to the company's award-winning proprietary standard (patents pending) among Scotland's remote Western Islands in pristine Grade A waters. All Seagreens products are organic, kosher and certified free from allergens and contaminants.

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