AJ here with Stronglife Physiotherapy. Migraines are one of the worst forms of pain a human can suffer. If you’ve had one you know. What most people don’t know is that there is a cheap and easy way to prevent migraines that works better than migraine medications with none of the side affects What is this miracle cure? Magnesium. You may think you’re getting enough magnesium from your diet or multivitamin, but you’re not. Before we get into doses and what kind of magnesium to take let’s talk about migraines first. Some people think that migraines are just a bad headache. Which is false. Migraines are a different beast all together. The world health organization ranks migraines as one of the most debilitating chronic disorders in the world. There are 25 million migraine sufferers in the United States alone. A migraine can be felt in any part of the head and can be accompanied by: nausea, vomiting, sweating, fever, chills, abdominal pain, weakness, tingling in the face and hands, and sensitivity to light and sound. Sometimes it’s preceded by an aura, like seeing spots or double vision. But most of the time an aura is not present. A migraine lasts on average 24 hours but the range can be anywhere from 4 to 72 hours. Migraines can have many different triggers including: foods, perfumes, changes in weather, changes in sleeping habit, cigarette smoke, fumes, loud noises and other things. They are thought to be caused by abnormal constricting and dilating of the blood vessels in the brain. Magnesium works be regulating the blood vessels and helping them function properly. It just so happens that up to 80% of Americans are magnesium deficient. And studies have linked low magnesium to migraines. The recommended daily allowance for magnesium is 320 mg for women and 420 mg for men But some experts feel that this is too low and that is should be closer to 500 mg. It’s hard to get that much magnesium from our diets, due to the way we fertilize and grow our food it doesn’t have as much magnesium as it used to. Processed foods tend to have less magnesium and poor diet interferes with magnesium absorption. Most multivitamins have low quality magnesium that doesn’t get absorbed well So what kind and how much magnesium should you take? Start with the recommended daily allowance which is 420 mg a day for men and 320 a day for women. Up to 1000 mg a day is used by some doctors to treat and prevent migraines High doses of magnesium is generally safe and rarely causes problems but if you’re going to exceed the recommended daily allowance it’s best to consult with your physician. Especially if you have kidney problems. There are several different types of magnesium I have had success with chelated magnesium glycinate Chelation adds proteins and amino acids to the magnesium to aid in absorption Low quality forms of magnesium, like magnesium oxide, can have a laxative effect and cause abdominal discomfort and diarrhea if this happens to you, don’t give up. You may need to try a lower dose or try a different type of magnesium that will work better for you Liquid forms like magnesium chloride and magnesium citrate solutions are better absorbed and faster acting So they may be the most effective form to take when you first feel a migraine coming on. Magnesium can also be useful in treating cluster headaches. Some other supplements that can help manage migraines are: Riboflavin which is vitamin B2, feverfew, butterbur, CoQ10, tryptophan and high doses of fish oil. I hope you find this useful in getting some relief from your migraines. Please help get the word out and share this video with someone who suffers from migraines. There’s no 1 treatment that works for everyone, but magnesium has been proven to be effective for most migraine sufferers. For more information there’s a great little book called “The Magnesium Solution for Migraine Headaches’ by Dr. Jay Cohen Thank you for watching! Make sure to subscribe! Have a great day, and stray strong!