Magnesium For Migraines

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If you aren’t getting enough magnesium, you may be prone to hmigraines because of muscle tension, imbalanced hormones or nervous system issues.

Migraines can be debilitating. Days spent in dark rooms, not moving. Social events missed. Too many medications.

In good news, research suggests that magnesium can be helpful for migraines. In this post, we’ll explore how magnesium works to relieve pain from migraines.

The Magnesium-Migraine Connection

“Studies have found that people who have migraines tend to have lower levels of magnesium than people who don’t get headache” ( WebMD, Magnesium for Migraine)

Magnesium helps reduce the frequency, intensity, and duration of migraines. But how does it work?

Migraines and Blood Vessel Changes

A confirmed cause of migraines continues to elude researchers and scientists, but many believe they are a result of sudden, dramatic changes in the blood vessels.  These ‘vascular changes’ interfere with the flow of blood and oxygen to the brain.

The triggers or causes of these vascular changes are as varied as the individuals who suffer from migraines.

Magnesium may help by acting as a natural blood thinner, helping prevent thickened blood and tiny clots that can cause blood vessel spasm and pain. Magnesium also relaxes the blood vessels and allows them to dilate, again, reducing the spasms and constrictions that can cause migraines.

Migraines and Serotonin Levels

A widely-held theory is that migraines are triggered when serotonin levels drop. Serotonin is a hormone and neurotransmittor known to regulate mood and promote a general feeling of well-being.

Low serotonin levels cause inflammation and pain (more on that below).

Many prescription drugs for depression are designed to elevate serotonin levels, which is why anti-depressants may be prescribed for migraines. Many patients are disappointed with the efficacy of these medications in reducing the frequency or severity of their migraines.

Magnesium in the blood helps to convert tryptophan into serotonin. Magnesium directly affects the amount of serotonin found in the blood, which is one reason why magnesium supplementation may help with migraines.

Migraines and Inflammation

“Migraine diagnosis is associated with elevated high sensitivity C-reactive protein (hsCRP), a marker of inflammation, in young adults. The relationship, particularly apparent in young women, may play a role in migraine pathogenesis.”(Neurology Advisor, Inflammation May Play Significant Role in Migraine in Women)

Migraines are associated with inflammation, but what role does magnesium play in regulating inflammation?

A 2005 study showed that subjects whose magnesium intake is below the recommended daily allowance are more likely to have elevated CRP, that marker of inflammation associated with migraines. (Journal of the American College of Nutrition)

Tension Headaches and Magnesium

Migraines and headaches are two separate types of pain, however, it’s worth mentioning here the link between magnesium and headaches.

Magnesium deficiency will cause irritation and inflammation in the smooth muscles around the neck and scalp.

Magnesium relaxes muscles and prevents the buildup of lactic acid, which, along with muscle tension, can worsen head pain.

Magnesium may also help with winter headaches, which are often cluster headaches brought on by cold, dark, and stress.

Research on Magnesium for Migraines

In a 1996 published study, researchers gave 81 migraine sufferers either 600 milligrams of magnesium or a placebo pill once daily for three months. After four weeks, 42% of the group taking magnesium reported a reduction in the number of migraine occurrences.  As well, the duration of migraine drug use significantly decreased among people who took magnesium supplements.

20 years later, there is growing support in the physician community that some of the most severe cases of migraines may actually be directly related to an imbalance of key minerals such as magnesium and calcium.

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Any migraine sufferer would do well to replenish their magnesium levels every day.

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What Customers Say About Natural Calm Magnesium for Migraines and Headaches

Natural Calm Canada’s CEO, Linda Bolton, often talks about how she discovered Natural Calm through her sister’s search for migraine relief:

“In 2005, after suffering for 30 years with severe migraines, my sister Debbie discovered Natural Calm. It transformed her life!

Debbie literally went from having 3-4 migraines a week to 1 every 5 weeks after taking Natural Calm daily.

We have had many testimonies over the past 9 years from migraine sufferers who report that they are now free from migraines – entirely as a result of taking our magnesium.

In 2011, I received a wonderful testimony from a woman named June who had been experiencing migraines for 20 years. A friend of hers suggested that she try our transdermal magnesium on her temples, face, arms and legs for her migraines. She applied it full strength (June had a migraine at that time), went to bed and within minutes she could feel a change in the pressure of her head, followed quickly by complete relief!

June had been having 7-8 migraines in the past 15 days prior to using the magnesium and was very happy to report that since starting to use the transdermal magnesium she had been migraine free for a month. June applies it twice a day every day.

June wrote, “I wanted to send an email expressing my heartfelt thanks for a product that came recommended to me by a friend….Since using the product I have been migraine free…a miracle in itself. It was important to me that you know just how much freedom you a have allowed back into my life.”

Since that time I have communicated with June to find out how she is doing. She continues to be migraine free and is so thankful to be rid of the debilitating pain that affected her life for so many years.”

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