Migraine Treatments: The Magic of Magnesium for Headaches

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By Romy Block M.D. and Arielle Levitan M.D.

A supplement a day may help keep the doctor away… Not that we have anything against your doctor. However, many people who suffer from migraines may feel better and get less frequent migraine headaches if they get adequate amounts of supplemental magnesium. So how can you use vitamins to feel better from your migraines?

For those of you blessed not to know, what is a migraine? A migraine is a type of headache that occurs when blood vessels in the brain spasm. This tends to cause an intense headache, often accompanied by nausea, sensitivity to light or strange visual symptoms (please see your doctor to evaluate any symptoms you may have and to confirm your diagnosis). Many women suffer from migraines prior to their period or in relation to certain food triggers (red wine, chocolate, nitrates are common culprits).

Avoiding migraines with diet and vitamin supplements

So what’s a migraine sufferer to do? Firstly, avoid trigger foods when at all possible, especially in those days prior to your period. If that doesn’t work and you are still getting frequent headaches, consider magnesium and/or vitamin D supplementation (in appropriate levels). More on Vitamin D to come in a future post. These vitamins can help migraines.

Magnesium and migraine treatment

But, you ask, “what is magnesium and why might it help me?” Magnesium is a vital electrolyte that we get from many natural foods. However, our kidneys regulate magnesium, potassium and other electrolytes in a complicated balance. Magnesium is used by cells all over our body to make them function properly (even those blood vessels in your brain). We loose magnesium through many normal body functions and even through exercise.

The role of electrolytes in migraine treatments

We are still learning about the role of electrolytes in migraine treatments but new data suggests that replacing magnesium may help prevent and treat migraines. We can assume this is because of this essential nutrient’s role in making blood vessels function optimally, but we have more to learn. Either way, it is probably a helpful electrolyte to take.

Too much magnesium?

But wait, is too much magnesium bad for you? Of course it is. Your kidneys can only handle so much of this stuff and for sure if you have kidney disease you should limit your intake.  However, if you are an otherwise healthy person, magnesium supplementation might be helpful, if given in safe doses. It may be a great step in helping you kiss those migraines goodbye.

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Romy Block specializes in Endocrinology and Metabolism and is mother to three active adolescent boys. Arielle Levitan is a Doctor of Internal Medicine with a special interest in Preventive Medicine and Women’s Health.  She is a mother of three teen agers. As professional women with active family lives, they recognize that people often neglect their own health needs and are uncertain about what vitamins to take. Each person is different in her diet, exercise and health history, and will benefit from different nutrients.  After years of advising their patients about the proper vitamins to take,  Drs. Block and Levitan created Vous Vitamin® to provide people everywhere with quality vitamins that are suited to their individual needs. They are authors of the award winning The Vitamin Solution: Two Doctors Clear Confusion About Vitamins and Your Health (She Writes Press, 2015). Take your vitamin survey now to get exactly the right vitamins for your needs.

The statements made in this article have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The products offered by Vous Vitamin® are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Nothing contained herein is intended to be a diagnosis or constitute medical advice. The symptoms described in this Blog may be a result of a serious medical condition which requires medical treatment. You should consult with your doctor if you are experiencing any of the symptoms mentioned in this Blog and before beginning any vitamin or supplement regimen.

photo credit: Life Mental Health

 

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