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Migraines and Magnesium

Migraines and Magnesium

If you’ve ever suffered from a migraine then you understand that many people are willing to try anything to ease the multitude of symptoms to avoid that pain. With increasing research surrounding migraines, physicians have uncovered several natural supplements and techniques to eliminate or reduce the number of migraine days patients have each month.

One of those natural supplements is magnesium, and specifically magnesium oxide.

Here are a few key things you should know about magnesium oxide before using it as a supplement for migraines.

  • 400 milligrams of magnesium oxide a day has been shown to improve migraines for nearly 46% of sufferers in a recent study.
  • Make sure you are utilizing the correct magnesium as there are nine types of magnesium supplements. Some of the other types could have unwanted side effects, such as magnesium citrate – a natural laxative.
  • Results aren’t immediate. You should see results after three months of consistent use.
  • Taking too much magnesium oxide isn’t dangerous, but other side effects from excessive use could be undesirable, such as gastrointestinal upset.
  •  Taking magnesium oxide while pregnant is safe.
  • If you have kidney failure or other issues with electrolytes, you should talk to your physician prior to trying magnesium oxide. Otherwise, it is safe to try on your own.
  • If you are looking for other natural ways to fight migraines, consider looking into mindfulness. Reducing stress in your daily life can also work alongside magnesium to increase successful results.
  • Other supplements that are being studied for headache relief in other countries include vitamin B2, Q10 and butter burr.

While this method has proven to work for a number of people, it’s important to note that everyone has different triggers. While on your journey to relieve your migraine pain, consider adjustments to other triggers such as stress, food and environmental allergies, sensory stimuli, hormones, medications, dehydration and changes in the environment.   

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