Exploring New and Old Health News Today – Magnesium for Migraines?
Migraines are debilitating headaches affecting at least one side of the brain, cause sensitivity to light, result in sickness and can last up to three days. Do you suffer from migraines? If yes then according to a review completed by Sun-Edelstein et, al., (2014) Magnesium for Migraines could help reduce the severity and frequency.
A double-blind placebo-controlled trial included in this review reported that migraine attack frequency was reduced by 41.6% in the group treated with magnesium compared to 18.6% in the control group. The treatment was active, meaning a daily dose was taken for prevention.
Another trial also double-blind placebo-controlled reported that women suffering from menstrual migraines treated with 360 mg of magnesium divided into three doses throughout the day resulted in a reduction of the number of days suffering from a headache, and total pain index was significantly reduced. Furthermore, symptoms from menstruating were also improved, according to subjective Menstrual distress questionnaire.
Take a daily dose of magnesium to prevent migraines and for women with menstrual migraines and other problematic symptoms take a daily dose of magnesium when menstruating. Oral magnesium is well tolerated at moderate doses divided throughout the day. Higher doses above 1000 mg can cause abdominal pain and diarrhoea.
Sun-Edelstein, C., & Mauskop, A. (2014). Role of magnesium in the pathogenesis and treatment of migraine. Expert Review of Neurotherapeutics, 9(3), 369–379. http://doi.org/10.1586/14737188.8.131.529