Migraines and headaches can be frustrating and often debilitating conditions. What if I told you that a simple supplement may be able to help you by preventing migraines and headaches and offering relief? Magnesium is a powerful mineral that can help with all kinds of problems, including migraines, headaches, and muscle pains. Let’s learn more about how magnesium can help you with pain relief and prevention.
About 38 million people suffer from migraines in the U.S. alone. About 2 - 3 million of these people experience chronic migraines. (1) But migraines are just one form of headaches that one may experience. Up to 80 percent of the population experiences tension headaches and for many, this becomes a chronic condition. Tension-type headaches can be just as debilitating as migraines. Other headaches include cluster headaches, exertional headaches from exercise, hypnic headaches, and trigeminal neuralgia (TN). There are also secondary headaches, such as medication overuse headaches, sinus headaches, caffeine-related headaches, menstrual headaches, head injury headaches, and hangover headaches. (3)
Migraines and tension headaches are often attributed to magnesium deficiencies. Magnesium is an essential mineral that your body needs for healthy functioning, including maintaining healthy heart rhythms, stabilizing your blood pressure, aiding healthy nerve function and improving your bone health. Low levels of magnesium can result in fatigue, loss of appetite, muscle cramps, tingling, and nausea in addition to headaches.
Unfortunately, it may be difficult to get enough magnesium without supplementation. About 75 percent of Americans are not getting enough magnesium. Our soils are depleted and even if you are eating a healthy diet, it may be difficult to get your needs met.
Magnesium comes in many different forms such as:
Magnesium is often used to prevent and relieve migraines and headaches. Several research studies have found magnesium to be effective for migraines, including menstrual migraines. (5, 6, 7, 8, 9) The American Migraine Foundation suggests 400 - 500 milligram (mg) of magnesium oxide per day for migraine prevention. (10) The Migraine Trust suggests a somewhat higher dose of 600 mg for 3 to 4 months for prevention. (11) Some doctors and researchers even suggest that all migraineurs should be treated with magnesium for prevention. (12)
Always talk to your doctor before taking magnesium as it may interact with certain medications, including muscle relaxant and blood pressure medication.
If you are dealing with migraines or headaches, magnesium may be able to provide relief. It may also be a fantastic prevention method to down the number of migraine attacks and headache episodes. This is especially good news if you have frequent or chronic migraines or headaches. Migraines and headaches don’t have to slow you down.