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Are Migraine Headaches a Symptom of a Not Enough Magnesium in Your Diet?

The link between magnesium (Mg) deficiency and migraine headaches has been established through a large number of clinical studies as noted below: 

Associations between migraines, mitral valve prolapse and epileptic seizures have been noted.  Epileptic seizures can be caused by Mg deficiencies. 


"Despite the number of clinical studies that show magnesium supplementation (as well as elimination of food allergies) is effective in many cases, most physicians choose to prescribe drugs that usually have only moderate benefits and significant side effects."

Michael Murray, writing in Encyclopedia of Nutritional Supplements on the topic of Migraine and Tension Headaches

Women often experience menstrual migraines, headaches that start before or during their periods. Perhaps not coincidentally, other studies have noted that right before menstruation is also a time when magnesium levels in women tend to dip.

If you look at the chart below, many of the the symptoms of Mg deficiency are identical to the conditions linked to migraine headaches. Interestingly, alcohol can deplete magnesium and many of the symptoms of hangovers are the same as the symptoms linked to Mg deficiency and migraine headaches.


Exploring the Mg - Migraine Link

Conditions Linked to Migraine Headaches
Symptoms of Magnesium Deficiency
Sensitivity to noise
Sensitivity to noise
Sensitivity to bright light
Sensitivity to bright light
Headache
Headache
Mitral valve prolapse
Mitral valve prolapse
Anxiety disorders
Anxiety disorders
Menstrual Cramps
Nausea
Nausea

Based on the evidence, it would be highly logical to consider that a diet high in magnesium rich foods would be beneficial in the treatment and prevention of migraine headaches, especially menstrual migraines.

 

 

 

 

 


Related sections of interest:

Magnesium's Link to Migraine Headaches

What Really Causes Migraines? What Ties Seemingly Unrelated Symptoms?

Treatment of Menstrual Migraine Headaches

Food and Other Migraine Triggers

Overlooked Headache Causes and Treatments

 

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Visit the Migaine Headache Resource Center - share your experiences with other sufferers at Healingwell.

 

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