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Avoid Menstrual Migraines and Non-Menstrual Migraines – Treatment Alternative

August 7th, 2013

migraine headachesWorried about your next menstrual migraine attack?

Menstrual migraines are often more severe, last longer and are more resistant to treatment than non-menstrual migraines…  So what can you do?

There is an option to treating menstrual migraine pain forever.  Woman now have the choice of keeping menstrual migraines at bay with MigreLief+M (menstrual formula.)MigreLief+M (menstrual/hormonal formula) is a dietary supplement formulated for chronic sufferers of  menstrual and all hormonal related migraines.  MigreLief has helped thousands upon thousands of sufferers regain control of their migraines and their lives.

Until MigreLief+M, no one medicine was available to manage both hormonal and blood sugar fluctuations, migraines and other symptoms associated with a woman’s menstrual cycle.

+M contains the same triple therapy ingredients as MigreLief Original formula which are listed in the American Academy of Neurology’s Evidence Based Guidelines for Migraine Prevention PLUS 5 additional ingredients to address hormone and blood sugar fluctuations as well as the underlying nutritional deficiencies, imbalances and dysfunctional brain processes that lead to migraines.

Natural Menstrual Migraine Prevention
MigreLief+M Ingredients:

High dose Riboflavin (Vitamin B-2, 400 mg/day)
Puracol Feverfew – proprietary form of whole leaf & herbal extract (100 mg/day)
Magnesium (citrate/oxide, 360mg/day)

PLUS:

Chasteberry extract (275 mg/day)
L-Theanine (100 mg/day)
D-Biotin (15 mg/day)
Pyridoxine Hydrochloride -vitamin B-6, (100 mg/day)
Chromium Picolinate (1,000 mcg/day)



It has been estimated that 70% of migraine sufferers are female. Of these female migraine sufferers, 60% to 70% report a menstrual relationship to their migraine attacks.  In addition to typical premenstrual syndrome (PMS), many women also endure migraine headaches during the same few days.

Headaches in women, particularly migraines, have been related to changes in the levels of the female hormones estrogen and progesterone before, during and after a woman’s menstrual cycle. These hormone levels fluctuate dramatically and are also associated with a large percentage of migraines in women approaching menopause (Pre and Peri-menopause.)

NON-MENSTRUAL VS. MENSTRUAL RELATED  MIGRAINES

Non-menstrual migraines occur randomly and are not consistently associated with the period of time either before, during or slightly after menstruation.

Menstrual related migraines can be broken down into 3 categories:

  • 1-     Premenstrual migraines, which occur just prior to the commencement of menstruation
  • 2-     Menstrual migraines which occur during menstruation
  • 3-     Late menstrual migraines which occur shortly after menstruation ends

All 3 types of menstrual related migraine attacks are often more severe, last significantly longer and are more resistant to treatment than the usual non-menstrual migraine attacks.

Work related disability is greater in premenstrual and menstrual migraines than in non-menstrual migraines.

The literature indicates (and is substantiated by reports from sufferers) that all menstrual related migraine attacks were less responsive to acute prescription drug options.  Only 13.5% are pain-free after 2 hours compared to 32.9% of non-menstrual migraine attacks.  This indicates that 86.5% of menstrual migraine sufferers and 67.1% of non-menstrual migraine sufferers do not achieve complete relief from debilitating migraine pain after 2 hours.

DON’T WAIT TO GET YOUR MENSTRUAL MIGRAINES UNDER CONTROL
Migraines can lead to more migraines and depression.

Migraines that first occur around your menstrual cycle may become chronic over time for many reasons. “Migraines beget migraines – the more of them you have, the more vulnerable you become to having another,” according to Dr. Andrew Charles director of the Headache Research and Treatment Program in the UCLA Department of Neurology. He goes on to explain, “We’ve begun to see from researchers that the frequency of migraine attack is linked to permanent changes in the brain, and I think that changes the playing field for patients and those of us who take care” of them.

Migraines (menstrual or otherwise) are a risk factor for depression and can also lead to the vicious cycle of “Rebound Headaches” otherwise known as Medication Overuse Headaches. Continuously treating the pain and other symptoms of migraine with prescription and over-the-counter drugs can eventually increase the frequency and tendency of your migraines. This is a difficult cycle to break and often calls for detoxing and weaning off of medication.

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Curt Hendrix M.S.  C.C.N. C.N.S.

ABOUT CURT HENDRIX: Appointed principal scientific investigator in 2006, Curt Hendrix received his first NIH grant to study the effects of his combination drug of naturally occurring compounds on the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. His ground breaking research led to his second NIH grant in 2009 to continue and finalize his work on arresting the development of Alzheimer’s disease. Although not yet finalized, the results are promising. Curt is the creator and patent holder of MigreLief & is Chief Science Officer of Akeso Health Sciences L.L.C. He is dedicated to the research and development of natural medicines and innovative, leading edge solutions for migraineurs worldwide.

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MIGRAINES & MENOPAUSE

Statistics indicate that migraines in women tend to increase during the approach to menopause and during menopause, however, they tend to decrease or go away after menopause.

Some women who have never had migraines develop them as they enter the period before and during menopause. The answer as to why this happens may be explained as follows:

A women’s monthly cycle causes significant fluctuations in estrogen during certain time of the month. These hormonal fluctuation (decreasing levels of estrogen) are known to trigger menstrual migraines in as many as 1/3-1/2 of women with migraines.

Therefore, it is not surprising, that the decreasing levels of estrogen associated with menopause, may also trigger migraines in women. The answer in both cases may be to do things regarding diet, exercise and supplementation that help to regulate these fluctuations.

Migraine headaches can severely affect women undergoing the changes of menopause.  They can range from mild to debilitating. Migraine headaches are closely linked to a woman`s hormones; as a result they experience five times as many migraines as men. An estimated 30% of women experience migraine headaches before menopause, and that percentage only increases during the time of menopause.

If your migraines, whether menstrual or menopausal related or not, are occurring several times a month or more, and you find yourself unable to function while reaching for pain medications more and more,  you are a good candidate for migraine prevention, to stop migraines from occurring in the first place.

 

CAUSES OF MIDDLE-AGE WEIGHT GAIN: The “Bad News” and the “Good News”!

February 10th, 2011

This article address the underlying causes to alleviate or prevent middle-aged weight gain along with other symptoms commonly experienced by middle- aged women.


90% of women gain weight between the ages of 35-55. The average weight gain is about 15-20 pounds, with a disproportionate amount of this weight being an increase in body fat.

What is unfair about this, is the fact that much of this weight gain and/or body fat increase, can occur without, increasing caloric intake.  This is different than the weight you gain because you eat too much of the wrong foods and don’t exercise enough.  It’s the stubborn, difficult weight gain or increases in body fat percentage (without weight gain) that occur in middle-aged and beyond women.

Why does this phenomenon occur in so many women in this age range, and what  can you do to prevent or reduce the good chance this may happen to you?

There are specific techniques and natural supplements that can help balance a female body that is desperately trying (and in many cases with limited success) to balance many physiological processes, that by design, change with age. These changes can cause uncontrolled and undeserved weight or body fat percentage gains.

Much of this new weight will NOT be gained as much around the hips and thighs but in the stomach and waist area.  Shifting/fluctuating hormones, stress and insulin resistance are the guilty parties.

Women who suffer from migraines will also be glad to learn that controlling these same issues of fluctuating hormones, stress and blood sugar due to insulin resistance will reduce their migraine frequency and intensity as well.

Why does this weight gain occur when hormones fluctuate and stress and blood sugar are poorly controlled?

Some women can start experiencing the symptoms of early menopause (perimenopause) as soon as their mid 30’s. The hormonal fluctuations of perimenopuase  and the few years after menopause (one full year with no period)  can strongly influence your metabolism, appetite and increase your storage of fat.

Though your hormones will fluctuate during perimenopause, the general trend is for your estrogen levels to diminish with ultimately the cessation of ovulation.

The body is aware of decreasing levels of estrogen from the ovaries and searches for new sources of estrogen production.  Unfortunately, fat cells are a source of estrogen and the body may convert more calories into fat.

Though progesterone levels also tend to decrease during this period, decreasing progesterone levels don’t cause weight gain but they may cause water retention making you feel puffy or bloated.

Testosterone levels may also decrease during perimenopause (and menopause). This could result in decreased muscle mass (as well as other things like decreased libido). Less muscle mass would lead to decreased metabolic rate and additional possible weight gain.

INSULIN RESISTANCE

As if dealing with fluctuating hormones isn’t enough of a challenge during these years of a woman’s life, both men and women (in ever increasing numbers, mostly due to diet) are becoming “insulin resistant”.

This is a condition where your body is no longer as responsive to the hormone insulin, as it was when you were younger. Our bodies require increasing amounts of insulin to be released to maintain blood sugar at healthy, non-diabetic levels. Insulin resistance can occur whether you are over-weight or thin.

When our bodies don’t respond in a sensitive way to insulin, the sugar in our blood, is not absorbed efficiently by our cells and they don’t get the source of energy that they need. The cells can feel deprived and appetites increase and fat accumulation and weight gain can occur.

In the case of women suffering from PCOS (Polycystic ovarian syndrome), the insulin resistance that accompanies this condition leads to weight gain as well.  But in the case of PCOS the women often have too much testosterone and this causes the weight gain to occur around the stomach and waist much like it does it men.  Also hair at the crown of the head can thin, and hair may grown on the face and back.

In fact, because estrogen and progesterone levels drop more than testosterone levels do during perimenopause and menopause, women may also tend to gain more around the middle than the hips and thighs.  Some women tend to lose their waistline.

The fat that you can grab around your belly is NOT the problem.  This is just sub-cutaneous fat, and though cosmetically not desirable, it is not the fat that increases cardiovascular and cancer risk.

It is the fat beneath your abdominal muscles that surrounds your internal organs that is of greater health concern.   This fat is called abdominal or visceral adiposity.

It is the fat that protrudes out some men’s stomach to the point where they look like they swallowed a beach ball but yet they continue to say………. “Feel how hard my stomach is!”   Of course it’s hard, there is so much fat underneath the abdominal muscles, pushing them outwards, that or course the abdomen feels hard.

Insulin resistance as well as stress and hormonal fluctuations can successfully be controlled and reversed and your body, self-image, emotional status, energy levels, cognition, health and over-all life will improve dramatically.

How do you know if you are insulin resistant?

One measurement is to measure yourself around the smaller part of your waist (but do NOT suck your stomach in when taking this measurement).  Then measure your hips around their widest part.

Divide the waist measurement in inches by the hip measurement in inches. If the resulting number is .8 or larger (for women,  1 for men), then you have disproportionate weight in the waist and are at greater risk of having insulin resistance.

Your risk further increases if you have hypertension, low HDL levels (below 45 if you are a woman), or high triglyceride levels (above 150).

If you have darkened skin patches around the neck or armpits, it is extremely likely that you are insulin resistant.  This is a condition known as acanthosis nigricans.

Stress

The effects of long-term stress on our over-all health is very significant.  One of the most important hormones that is released by our adrenal glands when under-stress is cortisol.  This is necessary and helps us to deal with short-term stressful events or stimuli.

But, when stress is chronic, and cortisol is being released in excessive and lasting amounts, it can also lead to weight gain and other health problems.

Like insulin resistance and hormonal fluctuations, stress must also be dealt with.

Bringing It All Together

Because stress, hormonal fluctuations and blood sugar fluctuation due to insulin resistance are also major contributors to chronic migraine headaches as well as weight gain, several of the key “natural medicines” that help to resolve these issues are in MigreLief+M. This is a very effective natural medicine that helps to prevent migraine headaches and coincidentally helps women with the related weight gain issues we have been discussing.

Chasteberry – A specific extract of Vitex Agnus Castus, otherwise known as Chasteberry extract has been shown in numerous human studies to naturally balance the hormonal fluctuation discussed above.

Biotin – Doses of biotin, (a B-vitamin) much higher than normally found in multi-vitamin products, has been clinically proven to help regulate blood sugar irregularities that can be caused by insulin resistance.

B-6 – High doses of Vitamin B-6 have been shown to decrease or eliminate the symptoms of PMS (including bloating and related weight gain) caused by fluctuating estrogen levels.  This vitamin is also involved in the processing of sugar and can help protect against the effects of blood sugar fluctuations caused by insulin resistance.

L-Theanine – an amino acid derived from green tea, has been shown to be very calming and help to reduce stress levels.

All four of the ingredients are found in the correct, therapeutic doses in MigreLief+M.  For those of you who don’t  suffer from chronic migraine headaches but do want to benefit from their weight gain/loss/body fat benefits, I suggest that you purchase these ingredients separately at your health food store.

For those of you who fear that they are insulin resistant, I suggest taking these other ingredients as well (which also can be purchase at any well stocked health food store):

800 mcg per day of chromium picolinate for blood sugar control
600 mg per day of R-Lipoic acid for blood sugar control

Consumption of a least 50 grams of dietary fiber spread out throughout the day  with meals.  Fiber helps to slow the body’s absorption of sugar and prevents the fluctuations that we have been talking about. You can choose psyllium as a supplement or, ground flax seed as your fiber source.

Moderate aerobic exercise of 20-30 minutes a day can also help to correct insulin resistance.

A daily B vitamin complex of 50 mg of B-1,2,3,5 plus folic acid and B-12 can also help with sugar metabolism and stress.

Diet-wise, lean meats, high fiber whole grains, vegetables, legumes and fruit will help reestablish normal insulin levels.  Until you see weight and or body fat starting to drop, keep carbohydrates in the form of pasta, bread and sugar to a minimum.

What to expect?

By following this advice over the course of 3-6 months (3 months or less for migraines) your:

1-     Weight or body fat percentages should start to meaningfully drop

2-     Your hair, at the front and crown of your head, if it was thinning, should start to thicken

3-     Any discolored patches of skin around the neck and armpits should start to lighten or disappear 

4-     Migraine frequency and intensity (if you were a sufferer) should noticeably improve

5-     Energy levels should noticeably improve

6-     If you are still menstruating, your periods should be much more regular

7-     If you were experiencing  perimenopausal symptoms, they should improve

8-     If you had unwanted hair on the face or back, it should lighten and thin, if not completely go away.

 

Curt Hendrix, M.S.  C.C.N.  C.N.S

 

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Menstrual Migraines Hard to Control… Until Now!

January 22nd, 2011

If you think that your menstrual migraines are difficult and hard to control… you’re right!  At least until now!



A study recently published in a well-respected medical journal named Cephalalgia found that menstrual and non-menstrual migraines differ in women who suffer from both kinds.

Non-menstrual migraines are those migraines that do not occur within a few days before or after menstruation.  The menstrual migraines occur either a few days before the start of menstruation or a few days after menstruation has stopped.

The study found that menstrual migraines lasted longer than non-menstrual migraines.  On average, the menstrual migraine lasted 23.4 hours vs 16.1 hours for non-menstrual migraines.

It was also found that menstrual migraines cause more disability and inability to function in daily tasks than non-menstrual migraines.

Medications to treat the pain of migraines were 50% less effective when used to treat menstrual migraines.  Furthermore, even when the pain medication did work, the risk of the menstrual migraine reoccurring was much more likely.

The authors of the study concluded by saying – “Menstrual migraines may require a treatment approach different from that of non-menstrual migraines.”

We agree!  And that is why we created MigreLief+M for the treatment of hormone-related menstrual migraine headaches.  MigreLief+M is the first product specifically formulated for women suffering from hormone-related menstrual migraines as well as women suffering from the symptoms of PMS.

For more information please go to MigreLief.com

Quality science and information empower good health!

Curt Hendrix  B.S. M.S. C.C.N. C.N.S

A Breakthrough for Menstrual Migraines, PMS & PCOS!

January 3rd, 2011

A Breakthrough for Menstrual Migraines, PMS and PCOS!

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LOS ANGELES,  /PRNewswire/ — In a world where millions suffer daily from the debilitating pain of migraine headaches, one name stands out as the definitive leader in natural, safe and effective treatment. MigreLief by Akeso Health Sciences.

Now, patients are raving about the amazing results of the new breakthrough product from Akeso. MigreLief+M (Menstrual) is the first of its kind supplement aimed at preventing migraines and other symptoms associated with a woman’s menstrual cycle.

“There is a direct relationship between hormones and headaches,” explains Curt Hendrix M.S. C.C.N., C.N.S., scientist and creator of MigreLief+M. “Headaches in women, particularly migraines, have been related to changes in the levels of the female hormones estrogen and progesterone before, during and after a woman’s menstrual cycle. These hormone levels fluctuate dramatically and are associated with a large percentage of migraines in women.”

The release of MigreLief+M is life-changing news, not only for migraine sufferers but also for women who experience PMS symptoms such as cravings, breast tenderness, bloating, cramps, depression and irritability. The active ingredients in this menstrually targeted MigreLief have been shown to not only balance the hormonal fluctuations that lead to menstrual related migraines, but also significantly decrease PMS symptoms as well.

What is the secret to the success of world renowned MigreLief? “The ingredients that are used are continuously monitored for quality and integrity by independent analytical laboratories throughout the manufacturing process. These ingredients are then used in the exact form and dose proven effective in human clinical studies. Our supplements are of higher quality than those currently on the market because of this exacting scientific attention to purity and potency.”

MigreLief+M is no exception and promises to be another winner with a multitude of added benefits:

•Same reliable migraine treatment as MigreLief original formula with additional compounds to treat Menstrual migraines and alleviate many PMS and PCOS symptoms.
•May be beneficial in reducing the occurrence of premenstrual acne.
•Can be taken with your prescription migraine drugs and has no side-effects.
•Regulates blood sugar balance that is a migraine trigger in many patients.
•MigreLief Facebook and Twitter interface directly with consumers to support their ongoing health questions and needs.

All MigreLief products are available in select pharmacies and online at www.migrelief.com. For more information and product samples contact sales@akesohealth.com.

About Akeso Health Sciences

Founded by Curt Hendrix in 1992, Akeso is a family company dedicated to continuing research and breakthrough technologies for the development of patented supplements that have helped tens of thousands find the joy and peace of a new life without migraines. The company consistently delivers innovative, leading edge solutions for migraineurs worldwide.

Contact:  Steve Hendrix
sales@akesohealth.com
(800) 758-8746

DISCLAIMER: MigreLief™ is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or illness. Frequent use of this product may result in considerable weight loss. Please consult with your licensed medical practitioner if you have, or suspect you may have, a health problem.

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