Does magnesium help prevent migraines?

Magnesium is an essential mineral that we get from food, but most people usually don’t get enough of it through their diet. This important mineral is involved in over 300 biochemical reactions in the body. It plays important roles in energy production, muscle contraction, neurological function, and much more.

Nearly 1 out of 10 people suffer with migraines and many seek alternative ways to help prevent them. Studies have shown that up to 50% of migraine sufferers have low magnesium levels and that taking a magnesium supplement could be an effective way to prevent headaches for some individuals. They found that daily magnesium supplementation can reduce the frequency and severity of migraines.

The American Migraine Foundation suggest taking 400-500mg of magnesium oxide daily to prevent migraines. Although magnesium oxide is a commonly used form of magnesium for migraine prevention, it can cause diarrhea in many people. Diarrhea can often be avoided by taking several, smaller doses throughout the day. Another option might be to take magnesium glycinate or bis-glycinate as these are easier to absorb and better tolerated by your bowels.

It’s important to remember that magnesium is just one thing that can possibly help migraines. Typically, migraines have more than just one cause, so it’s unlikely that one supplement will eliminate your migraines and the other symptoms that accompany them.

The good news is that at VIIM we have many strategies to help reduce your migraines in addition to magnesium intake. Contact us for a free consultation to find out more and have your questions answered.

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