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How does magnesium relieve migraines?

Expert:   Joshua Cohen, M.D., M.P.H. , St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center »

Researchers have found that about 50 percent of people with migraine also have low magnesium levels. Learn how to amp those levels and reduce the pain here!

Transcript: Researchers have found that about 50 percent of people with migraine also have low magnesium levels. Magnesium affects some neurotransmitters in the brain, such as serotonin, And helps stabilize cells and ion channels in the brain, reducing the chance that a migraine can take hold. That’s the idea, at least. Researchers aren’t sure what the relationship between magnesium and migraine is EXACTLY, but several studies HAVE shown that magnesium intake can help PREVENT headaches. It’s also used for shortening the frequency, duration and lessening the severity of a migraine. Magnesium may be especially useful for menstrual migraines. Doctors may prescribe magnesium supplements, or, when a migraine is severe, they can administer it intravenously, in the office. To increase the magnesium in your diet, fill up with halibut fish, nuts, soybeans, spinach, oatmeal and potatoes. The link between magnesium and migraines has to be explored further before doctors can come to a consensus, but ask YOUR healthcare provider for advice. There’s no harm in giving magnesium a try with their approval. More »

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