Category Archives: Quick Answers

November 25th, 2010

Are There Any Natural Treatments for a Headache?

Hi, I am Dr. Michael Murray. Many headaches may be a sign of magnesium deficiency. For example, studies show 30 to 50 percent of people with migraine headaches are deficient in magnesium. Magnesium deficiency is suspected to cause blood-vessel spasms that lead to a headache. Studies have shown that migraine sufferers with low magnesium levels who take 400 to 800 mg of magnesium daily can have a significant decrease in the frequency of migraine headaches after three to four weeks of supplementation.

November 15th, 2010

Which Dietary Factors are Important in Anxiety?

Hi, I am Dr. Michael Murray. There are at least seven nutritional factors that may be responsible for triggering anxiety: caffeine, sugar, deficiency of B vitamins, deficiency of calcium or magnesium, alcohol and food allergies. Simply avoiding caffeine, sugar, alcohol and any foods that trigger allergies, along with boosting B vitamins, calcium and magnesium, can go a long way in relieving anxiety. In fact, cutting out caffeine alone often results in the complete elimination of symptoms.

January 25th, 2010

What is Alpha-Lipoic Acid?

Hi, I am Dr. Michael Murray. Alpha-lipoic acid is a vitamin-like substance that is often described as “nature’s perfect antioxidant.” Unlike many other antioxidants, alpha-lipoic acid can quench either water- or fat-soluble free radicals both inside the cell and outside in the intracellular spaces. The primary clinical use of alpha-lipoic acid has been for the treatment of diabetic neuropathy. The beneficial effects of alpha-lipoic acid in diabetic neuropathy have been confirmed in numerous double-blind studies at a dosage of 300 to 600 mg daily.