Migraine sufferers need magnesium says a new study

headacheMigraine sufferers need magnesium says a new study

Do you suffer from Migraines?   Many who do rely on medications that merely mask the symptoms (if they work) but do not solve the problem.

Why do you have migraines?  There are many triggers, including food, allergies and in many people, there is a mechanical basis that triggers the migraine, which may be why so many sufferers rely on chiropractic to get relief.

Is there another reason some of us experience migraines?   A new study from the New York Headache center (1) suggests that supplementing with magnesium may be what you need.

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Why all migraine patients should be treated with magnesium.

Abstract

Magnesium, the second most abundant intracellular cation, is essential in many intracellular processes and appears to play an important role in migraine pathogenesis. Routine blood tests do not reflect true body magnesium stores since <2% is in the measurable, extracellular space, 67% is in the bone and 31% is located intracellularly. Lack of magnesium may promote cortical spreading depression, hyperaggregation of platelets, affect serotonin receptor function, and influence synthesis and release of a variety of neurotransmitters. Migraine sufferers may develop magnesium deficiency due to genetic inability to absorb magnesium, inherited renal magnesium wasting, excretion of excessive amounts of magnesium due to stress, low nutritional intake, and several other reasons. There is strong evidence that magnesium deficiency is much more prevalent in migraine sufferers than in healthy controls. Double-blind, placebo-controlled trials have produced mixed results, most likely because both magnesium deficient and non-deficient patients were included in these trials. This is akin to giving cyanocobalamine in a blinded fashion to a group of people with peripheral neuropathy without regard to their cyanocobalamine levels.

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  1. J Neural Transm (Vienna). 2012 May;119(5):575-9. doi: 10.1007/s00702-012-0790-2. Epub 2012 Mar 18.