Magnesium- Still Magnificent for Migraines

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When it comes to migraine research on natural supplements, experts still agree that magnesium yields the most promising results. Fads and “miracle cures” come and go, but certain natural migraine tactics, including magnesium, have withstood the test of time. Here is what the leading experts in migraine headache prevention have to say about magnesium.

Magnesium- Still Magnificent for Migraines

In Therapeutic uses of magnesium, published by American Family Physician, magnesium is touted as an essential mineral for optimal metabolic function that nevertheless is declining in most food sources. As a result, magnesium depletion has been diagnosed in large numbers of patients suffering from chronic pain such as migraines.

“This has led to an increased awareness of proper magnesium intake and its potential therapeutic role in a number of medical conditions.  Studies have shown the effectiveness of magnesium in eclampsia and preeclampsia, arrhythmia, severe asthma, and migraine.” (Excerpt from American Family Physician)

In The Clinical Journal of Pain, an article entitled Foods and supplements in the management of migraine headaches further stresses the benefit of magnesium for people with migraines by naming magnesium as the single most preferred natural supplement, followed by butterbur, coenzyme Q10, and riboflavin.

“…given the myriad side effects of traditional prescription medications, there is an increasing demand for “natural” treatment like vitamins and supplements for common ailments such as headaches.” (Excerpt from The Clinical Journal of Pain)

According to Dr. Sarah DeRossett, American neurologist and headache specialist, “About 15 to 20 percent of the American population is deficient in magnesium, and patients who have migraines have lower blood levels of magnesium than patients who don’t have migraines.”

Symptoms of magnesium deficiency can include:

  • Headaches
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Irregular heartbeats
  • Shortness of breath
  • Nausea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Insomnia
  • Brain fog
  • Difficulty coordinating body movements

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