Relief from migraine pain does not have to come in the form of medications that often leave the patient with terrible side effects. The common prescription and over the counter migraine relief often comes at the expense of uncomfortable side effects such as nausea, hallucinations, weight gain, ulcers, seizures and dizziness.
There are alternatives to migraine relief that can be found in simple, natural ingredients that are effective almost immediately.
Medical research has proven that 300 mg of CoQ10 will decrease the occurrence of migraines by 50%. It is necessary take either the high potency gel caps or tablets with some kind of fat because CoQ10 is absorbed by fat.
Medical studies have also shown that Riboflavin (vitamin B2) can cut migraines by 50%. Riboflavin (vitamin B2) works to increase the energy that produces brain cells. Lack of energy or too little riboflavin can cause migraines. It is necessary to take 400 mg of riboflavin a day to prevent migraines. Riboflavin can be found in foods such as dairy, nuts, seafood and leafy greens but you would have to ingest large amounts of these foods to get 400mg, so a riboflavin supplement is recommended.
Magnesium is the third supplement that can reduce the occurrence of migraines. Migraines can be due to reduced blood flow and pressure in the blood vessels. Magnesium’s role is to tone the blood vessels which can prevent migraines. The recommended dose of magnesium is 600 mg a day. Leafy greens, nuts, berries, fish, bananas, raisins and yogurt can give you only a portion of the daily requirement, so a magnesium supplement taken with vitamin B6 is recommended.
Anne Hermann, M.D. is double board certified in Internal Medicine and as a Physician Nutrition Specialist. To schedule your appointment Tampa or St. Petersburg, please call (813) 902-9559.