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Prevent Migraines With Magnesium

When I asked my doctor about ways to prevent migraines, she recommended I take a magnesium (oxide) supplement. I headed to my closest drugstore and picked up a bottle of Nature's Bounty Magnesium supplement (500 mg), and I've been taking one pill every morning for the last few weeks.

Even though it's been less than a month, since taking the mineral supplement I've been headache and migraine free! This even includes the times that I've had red wine, which is one of my triggers. In the last few months I've also been incorporating foods that prevent migraines into my diet, like topping my yogurt and fruit with ground flaxseed. But I didn't notice a drastic change until I started taking magnesium. Have you tried any supplements to rid you of your ailments? Any other tips for saying goodbye to migraines?

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tglilly tglilly 7 years
I've been a long time migraine sufferer & I've tried magnesium but it didn't help me. But neither did traditional migraine daily meds. Turns out my migraines are allergy related & changing my lifestyle a bit has made all the difference.
la-meuse la-meuse 7 years
Does magnesium work on severe sinus headaches?
Spectra Spectra 7 years
I never get migraines, but I eat a diet pretty rich in magnesium anyway. I probably won't add a supplement because my multivitamin already has 100% DV of magnesium.
wackdoodle wackdoodle 7 years
Ha ha good one. Yes I've tried magnesium and niacin and feverfew and iron and CoQ10 and a billion other nature cures and none have work because Migraines are merely the symptom of a large more complicated Neurological Disease. Either you don't have the disease and never have a migraine attack, or you have the disease in a mild form that responses for a while to subtle changes or you have the severe progressive form of the disease where all you can do is get rescue meds, take hardcore preventatives, have brain surgery and take loads of pain killers to try to keep the pain level manageable so you can make it to the next day. I've tried every homeopathic route, every supplement, every form of therapy to try to be rid of this neurological disease that causes migraine attacks and none of them work if you have the intractable chronic form of the disease.
guavajelly guavajelly 7 years
I use to have dry patches of skin on my arms that looked like a mild form of eczema, I started taking fish oil and borage oil consistently and have been clear since (this was years ago). I've also read that magnesium is good for nerves and anxiety
JessieSP JessieSP 7 years
Good tip. I didn't know about this one.
chloe-bella chloe-bella 7 years
Quitting caffeine has made the biggest difference for me. Also, cutting out diet soda (and anything with aspartame) helped as well. I've been taking Magnesium, Vitamin B2 and COQ-10 off and on for the last couple years, but I'm not sure if they've made a difference.
mutantfrog mutantfrog 7 years
Consistent use of Magnesium, COQ-10 and B2 have been very helpful for preventing migraines and headaches for me. I also kept a food diary to find food triggers and avoid them (beans - soy, kidney, pinto, chickpeas, etc). Foods high in Tyramine, phenylethylamine, histamine, and other -amines, sulfites, tannins and such can all be potential problems. Figuring out which (if any) were problems was really helpful for me plus the supplements. I take the vitamins everyday, and then I have an abortive medication (Maxalt) just in case that works well. Also - I have allergies - taking Singulair for allergies/asthma has been VERY helpful for migraines. I started Singulair about 3 months ago and I've only had one migraine since then. A record!
Happsmjc Happsmjc 7 years
That is awesome & I am so glad it worked for you! I tried this (recommended by my neurologist, who I go to for migraines) before getting put on any stronger RX meds. I was actually using Slo-Mag (I believe the only difference is it would be more slowly released throughout the day?). It didn't work for me, but I read a lot about it when I was doing it last year & the studies seemed so promising! Another thing I did before going on RX meds (and still do) is cut WAY down on over the counter pain meds (advil, tylonal, etc). My doc weened me off my addiction of these and now I am down to two a day, this is supposed to help too!
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