Got a Migraine? Here’s Some Information You Should Know

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Got a Migraine?  Here’s Some Information You Should Know

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Migraine headaches can be debilitating, unpredictable and difficult to treat.  Part of the problem is that doctors still don’t know exactly what causes them.  The other part of the problem is that there are only a few medications out there to treat migraines, and their effectiveness will vary from person to person.  There are also a number of remedies that have come and gone over the years with varying degrees of success. 

However, researchers are starting to take a closer look at a number of nutrients that are showing signs of promise for those who suffer from these horrendous headaches.  Not surprisingly, this research seems to point nutritional deficiencies in the brain that lead to the occurrence of migraines.  Let’s take a look at a few options to consider if other forms of treatment haven’t been all that effective.

Magnesium

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Magnesium is considered to be one of the more promising nutrients out there at the moment, particularly in women.  Research suggests that migraine frequency has decreased by nearly 50% when compared to a placebo in women who were taking around 500-500mg per day.  However, this study is focused on headaches associated with menstrual cycles, so it is unclear if magnesium works when migraines develop under other circumstances, but it may be worth a try.

Coenzyme Q10

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This is one of the most important and well-known antioxidants that is found in our bodies.  We get magnesium from fish, many meats and a number of vegetables. You also don’t have to look far to find it in supplement form as well.  Coenzyme Q10 helps to repair cells and remove impurities from the body.  This helps to maintain cellular health and proper functioning.  It also plays a role in the metabolic process of cells, which translates into better energy usage.  It is thought that Coenzyme Q10 helps to repair brain cells and improve communication between neurons.  This may reduce stress within the brain, which may ultimately reduce the occurrence of migraines.

Riboflavin

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Riboflavin works to protect the membranes that surround cells, and this also helps to improve cellular health.  Riboflavin also helps the body to produce healthy red blood cells, which are essential for supplying cells with nutrients and oxygen.  Many people who suffer from migraines are thought to have a riboflavin deficiency.  Fortunately, the body doesn’t need a lot of riboflavin, and it is a nutrient found in many common foods.  This includes poultry, dairy products, whole grains and lean meat, and you can also get riboflavin in supplement form. 

A normal dose of riboflavin is around 200mg per day for adults, but higher doses may be linked to a reduction in the occurrence and severity of migraines.

Plant Remedies

Two plants are thought to be particularly effective with reducing the frequency and severity of migraines.  They are butterbar and fever-view.  Fever-view is more well-known, and it has been used for ages to treat a wide-range of ailments, including headaches.  Butterbar is thought to reduce the frequency of migraines, and both plants have been endorsed and recommended by neurologists.  However, the jury is still out in terms of the best way to use these plants as remedies, so you may want to do some research before trying them for yourself.

These are just a few of many remedies out there that have helped to ease the suffering of those who have frequent migraines.  While we may not know the exact cause of these headaches, it seems that many are related to nutritional deficiencies that impact the health of brain cells.  Try these options for yourself to see if you notice any improvement, but don’t forget that there are also many other alternatives out there as well.  Chances are that once you identify the deficiency that is causing the headaches, finding the right remedy may help you to minimize their occurrence in the future.